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Vulnerable Young People: COVID-19 Response

The Out of Sight? Vulnerable Young People report highlights the scale of young people’s needs which have increased or been caused by the pandemic, and calls for a clear exit strategy for young people who are likely to be included in the early stages of release from lockdown measures. 

This report highlights the scale and prevalence of young people’s needs that are amplified by the pandemic. It draws on the latest data and vulnerability framework by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England, with valuable insights from partners and young people from across the youth sector.

Please click the cover to download the full report.

We have been working behind the scenes to keep in touch with the young people in Sussex, and have put together a schedule of weekly virtual youth groups in the Horsham District. Having already held two sessions we will be connecting with young people throughout this week and plan to open this up to more areas soon. 

All virtual youth groups are 4pm to 6pm.
Young Leaders - Youth Group - Singleton

Youth Groups -  Upper Beeding - for young people in school years 7, 8 and 9
                          Steyning - for young people in school year 7+
                          Billingshurst - for young people in school year 7+
Youth Groups -  Steyning - for young people in school years 7+
                          Upper Beeding - all school year's
                          Pulborough - all school year's 

If you would like to take part in any of our virtual youth groups, please email, and state which group you would like to take part in. We will send you an online membership form for your parent/guardian to complete, once we have received this, we will send you a Zoom link so you can join in the fun.  The virtual youth group information will be on our website soon, so please keep visiting for updates and new SCYP virtual youth groups.

To see more training and activities, visit our website by clicking here.
Zoom Risk Management and Insurance Q&A

This Insurance Q&A is open to all community and voluntary organisations across Adur and Worthing, Brighton and Hove.  It is a great opportunity to get your questions answered and hear those facing others during Covid-19.   

Thursday 7th May at 10:00 – 11:00, with an option to extend until 11.30am. Please sign up via: so that we can send you the Zoom link.

May Camp is happening!
We want to let you know that we are going ahead with May Camp, live and online. We will be broadcasting seminars, Instagram challenges, morning worship, evening quiz and lots more! There will be resources available for download and hours of live content.To see the schedule, which will be updated regularly between now and May Camp head to

Log on over the weekend of 23rd and 24th May to catch up with the May Camp team and capture a bit of the energy and fun in your own home! We hope this will be a real blessing to you all!

Dan and the May Camp team.

Our Work with Young People

Young people are an essential voice that should be heard. They’re tomorrow’s service users and the workforce of the future. We actively seek their views and opinions, and support them to ‘have their say’ and ‘their voices heard’.

We’ve developed this resource pack for young people to find out more about our work and to get involved. The pack can also be used by youth leaders, teachers and others who work with young people to support young people’s physical and mental well-being, and to test out new ideas and assumptions about supporting them. Sign up to receive the youth pack here.

NSPCC Childline Report
NSPCC has published a briefing on the main concerns that children and young people have been talking to Childline counsellors about during the coronavirus pandemic. Main concerns include mental health, family relationships; doing schoolwork at home; bullying; and abuse. Full link to the brief here.
Crisis Governance Support
Charity trustees are grappling with difficult decisions at the moment. NCVO Governance lead has gathered together some key resources to help your board. Resources to support trustees.
We love seeing all the adapted youth work despite the current challenging circumstances!
Keep sharing them with us using the hashtag #StillYouthWork
Football Beyond Borders
Football Beyond Borders have been running Isolation Diaries which they broadcast on Instagram TV each week, where their practitioners, young people, parents, and link teachers share their realities of lockdown. The latest episode is here!

Soapbox Islington 
Soapbox have moved their youth work online with activities including, a photoshop masterclass, a podcasting workshop and DJ seminars, you can check out their schedule here. Keep up the great work!

'Guide to social action by young people for young people' contains tips, practical advice and inspirational words from a group of Peer Power Experts who are passionate about using their experience to drive social change.

Microsoft has made available Microsoft Teams during the COVID-19 crisis. There are many solutions offers available such as empowering remote workers and online events with Office 365 / Microsoft 365 and Virtual IT Infrastructure with Windows Virtual Desktop. Please visit here for more information.
NHS Volunteer Responders:
Self-referrals now open.

People can now refer themselves for help from an NHS volunteer. This may be relevant to the young people and communities you work with. There is more information here
CEO Webinar - COVID-19 and youth employment
In this webinar, Laura-Jane Rawlings explores the challenges seen from the last recession and what they may mean for young people facing the COVID-19 crisis, alongside their health, education and social well-being. 
UK Youth online collectives & webinars
Youthwork Collective: North West
Date: 7th May  Time: 12pm - 1pm
In response to the current situation UK Youth is providing a space and platform for youth workers to come together virtually and discuss best practices in supporting young people in the North West. Join our virtual Youthwork Collective.
Belong Collective
Date: 12th May  Time: 3pm - 4pm
Join us for our second virtual Belong Collective which will focus on how we can keep ourselves and young people connected. We will have talks from our UK Youth Voice members of how to support one another in this new climate. 

LinkedIn: Coaches session for youth workers
Date: 13th May  Time: 3pm - 4pm
LinkedIn will be hosting an exclusive training session for youth workers within the UK Youth Movement to enhance their own profiles. Register for your free ticket here.
COVID-19 & the impact on outdoor learning centres
Date: 14th May  Time: 3pm - 4pm
An event for organisations who deliver outdoor learning activities and who run outdoor learning centres to identify the impact of COVID-19. Join the event here.

Dramatis are pleased to announce the launch of their new DRAMATIS ONLINE this week.

This new programme includes discounted Youth Drama classes (via Zoom) and a free personalised video messaging service (that people can use to send personalised messages to friends and family celebrating a special occasion). Further information can be seen here.

Information on our video services can be viewed by clicking on the links below.

Online Youth Drama classes. Click here
For a sample of a personalised video message. Click here

If your child would like a free online taster session or if you would like any further info on any of the online activities, please send an email on or check out the website


We have joined forces with REBOOT to create a NEW and FREE weekly schedule of sports and activities for children and their families across Sussex. There are initially 10 sessions across the week from 6 local providers. Please can you share this document amongst your partners, family networks, young people and help us get as many people involved in accessing these activities?

We will look to add more local providers to the schedule and will send any updates. 

Click here to view


Trustee Secretary - Voluntary Position
1-2 hours per week
1st June 2020 (ideally)

Based at: ESTEEM office, Old School House, Shoreham-by-Sea

ESTEEM have a great voluntary opportunity for a Trustee Secretary for approximately 1-2 hours per week.

ESTEEM is a Sussex-based charity which involves young adults aged 14-26 in opportunities to develop confidence, build life-skills and improve well-being. We do this by offering access to 1:1 vocational mentoring, tailored volunteer roles, well-being support services and group activities in a safe and supportive environment.

ESTEEM’s secretary will be a trustee with a specific role on the board, such as organising and minuting board meetings and some administrative duties to support the board. Individuals are sought who have a strong empathy with ESTEEM’s goal of enabling young adults to flourish. We are seeking a secretary to support our board of trustees. As a team, we bring a wide range of skills, and expertise in youth work, strategy planning, business development, financial administration and fundraising, as well as an interest in vocational and personal development for young people, combined with an in-depth understanding of our work and ambitions are particularly sought.

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Cat Vizor, Chief Officer on 07760 395085 or email:

Downslink Group

Management Accountant (Maternity Cover)
Brighton & Hove

Fixed Term Contract until 31st July 2021
37 Hours per week
£33-£36K per annum (based on experience)

We are looking for an experienced management accountant to join a busy finance team. As a business partner for some of the divisions/localities within the organisation, you will work closely with Heads of Services preparing timely and accurate management accounts, budgets and forecasts.The role requires a good team player with a breadth of experience so able to deal with a wide range of finance tasks.

he position comes with excellent benefits, including 27 days annual leave per annum (plus bank holidays), a company sick pay scheme, a life assurance policy of 2x your annual salary, a health and wellbeing cash plan, and a cycle to work scheme.

YMCA DLG requires all staff and volunteers to be committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and to respond proactively to safeguarding concerns.

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 20 May 2020 at 9am. Interview date: Tuesday 26 May 2020 (likely via Zoom / Teams to be confirmed).

Download an application pack and an application form below. Please return your form to us by email at or by hand/post to: Human Resources, YMCA DOWNSLINK GROUP, Reed House, 47 Church Road, Hove, BN3 2BE.

Download an application pack here
Download an application form here

To view other positions available please click here.

Stay well and stay safe.
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