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Support the YMCA for World Homeless Day on October 10

Gary Hart October 7, 2015

YMCA DownsLink Group (YMCA DLG) asks local people to get involved and support the work of the charity with World Homeless Day on Saturday, October 10.

WEB.600The purpose of World Homeless Day is to highlight the needs of homeless people locally and provide an opportunity for communities to get involved and respond to those needs in practical ways.

YMCA DLG provides over 420 bed spaces every night to young people who might otherwise be homeless. An important part of the charity’s work is equipping their young residents with life skills so that they can move on towards independent living.

Below are some practical ways for local people to get involved and support the work of the charity ahead of World Homeless Day:

♦   Become a mentor and support a young person in their journey towards employment or education. YMCA DLG’s Positive Placements project is always looking for volunteers who could act as role models and inspire young people living in supported housing to make positive changes in their lives. For more info, click here:

♦   Donate waterproofs and warm clothing. With colder weather conditions fast approaching YMCA DLG’s YAC Housing Advice Service in Brighton is collecting donations of good quality winter clothes, gloves, socks and thermos flasks that could be used to support young people in the city during periods of rough sleeping. Telephone: 01273 828828 to arrange a drop-off.

♦   Make a monetary donation or organise a fundraising event. You can make a one-off donation, set up monthly donations or organise your own fundraising event for YMCA DLG and ask you friends and family to support the cause. To donate, click here:

♦  Take part in YMCA DLG Sleep Easy next March. Sleep Easy is a fundraising event where a group of people spend one night sleeping out under the stars to raise money for their local YMCA. To find out more about Sleep Easy email:

World Homeless Day was first marked on October 10, 2010 and since then has been observed in dozens of countries on every continent, except Antarctica.


For more information about YMCA DownsLink Group, click here:

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