YMCA Crawley - YMCA DownsLink Group

YMCA Crawley

124 years

supporting children & young people in Crawley and local communities.

80 young people

given a safe home every night.

62%

of residents were helped back into education, employment or training.

Preventing youth homelessness in Crawley

Vulnerable children and young people have never been more at risk. We provide vital services so that young people in Crawley, who may have had a difficult start in life, can create a brighter future.

Our impact in Crawley

In Crawley we provide a range of services for children and young people, 16 to 25, which act as a 'safety-net' to catch those at risk. From providing youth groups, counselling and support & advice, to giving a home to those who are in crisis and facing homelessness, we change lives.

Children and young people facing homelessness in Crawley can find a safe, supportive home with us. Our 24 hour supported housing is so much more than 'just a room'. We provide wraparound support so that our residents can get the emotional support, life skills and help back into education, training or employment to enable them to 'move on' successfully to independence. Our dedicated staff (and volunteers) help young people develop the tools they need to reach their full potential.

More information about our services

Dylan’s story

Dylan ran away from home when he was 14 and got involved with drugs to help him cope but ended up in hospital after suffering from a nervous breakdown.

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Meet some of the team

Our staff provide young people with the support they need to reach their full potential. We wouldn't be able to transform young lives without them. Here is what some of our staff, past and present, have to say about their job.

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Female Project Manager YMCA DownsLink Group
Image of Sharon Rawcliffe, Head of Operations West Sussex, YMCA DownsLink Group

Other services for young people at risk

YMCA Youth Advice Centre (YMCA YAC)

Support & Advice
A safe and friendly service for 11–25-year-olds in Crawley offering drop-in support for:

  • Mental health and emotional wellbeing
  • Physical and sexual health
  • Employment & education
  • Money, welfare and debt
  • Substance misuse
  • Exploitation
  • Gender & sexuality

Visit our YMCA YAC Crawley page here.

Helping young people stay safe

How you can help

Donate

£12 could give a young person facing homelessness a safe place to stay

Sponsor a room

40p a day could change the life of a young person in your area.

Fundraise

Taking part in fundraising challenges means we can keep transforming young lives.

Contact information for housing advice

Crawley Foyer is a 24 hour supported housing project in the area, for young people between the ages of 16 and 25.

We also manage several 'Transitional Properties' across Crawley and West Sussex for young people who are capable of managing a tenancy and are ready for independent living. These young people still have access to a key worker to provide housing related support.

If you are a young person at risk, or have concerns about someone, you can access our service by speaking to another agency such as Connexions or Crawley Borough Council.

If you are a referring agent and working with a young person who could benefit from our service please contact us for vacancy details and referral information: 01293 514222

For more information about our supported housing click here

How our work helps

Andre’s Story

With exams looming Andre was getting into trouble at school. Counselling sessions with YMCA Dialogue enabled him to face up to his fears and develop plans for the future.

Archie’s story

After a chaotic few years Archie found stability at the YMCA. Now, with help from YMCA’s Life Change Fund he’s all set to take another big step forwards.

Susie’s story

Susie ended up alone at 18 when her little sister was taken into care. She was struggling to cope and stopped going to college. Since moving into our 24-hour supported accommodation she is thriving. She’s back at college and dreams of being an astrophysicist.

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YMCA enables people to develop their full potential in mind, body and spirit. Inspired by and faithful to our Christian values, we create supportive, inclusive and energising communities, where young people can truly belong, contribute and thrive.

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