YMCA DownsLink Group

About the service and what to expect

The YMCA Youth Advice Centre (part of the YMCA Downslink Group) offers advice, support and guidance to young people in Brighton and Hove. Youth Advice Centre (YAC) workers are able to offer expertise in a wide range of areas. Their aim is to provide young people in the local area with a safe and friendly environment where they can access helpful advice and support.

They are the first place to go for housing advice for anyone under 26 years old who is homeless or threatened with homelessness. In addition they offer a family support and mediation service and a support and advice service providing sexual health advice and services, emotional and wellbeing support and benefits and money advice.

They are proud to have been awarded The Allsorts Safer Spaces Award recognising their work to create a safe and welcoming space for LGBT+ young people.

Mental Health Support Coordinator (MHSC)

The YMCA Youth Advice Centre have a Mental Health Support Coordinator (MHSC) who works with young people aged 18-25, providing one-to-one support with a youth specific caseworker, providing a coordinated and holistic approach to mental health and wellbeing. The support aims to engage young people who need support in multiple areas of their lives, not just their mental health.

The MHSC will help young people to overcome barriers to accessing support from services relating to their mental health. Their coordinated approach will support people to access services relating to physical health; work, education and employment; community and peer support, and building social networks.

Further Information

For more information and to discuss accessing support from The YMCA Youth Advice Centre (YAC), please call 0808 196 1768 to speak to a member of our Central Access Point team. Alternatively, if you would prefer, you can arrange a callback.