Information & Guidance

Eastbourne and Wealden YMCA is enormously privileged to have good relationships with a number of schools and community centres across the region. We are able to run a variety of sessions that are designed to give young people information and advice on issues relevant to them.

YMCA Connect is our Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance service (CEIAG). In consultation with teachers, we provide a package tailored to the needs of each school we work with - from one-to-one sessions with a handful students to mock interview days for a whole year group. Our project co-ordinator is Jayne Ayres, and she can be contacted on jayne.ayres@ewymca.org or 07872 483356.

Our Homelessness Prevention project began in 2008 and provides workshops for school groups, educating young people on the problem of youth homelessness and the reality of independent living. The interactive sessions are always well received by students and staff alike. They achieve a number of PSHE objectives, and have also been used for GCSE English Literature students, who were studying a text about about youth homelessness. If you would like more information, or to book sessions, please contact Chris King on chris.king@ewymca.org or 07967 274287.

Wise Up is a project just for girls - working in secondary schools and community centres throughout Eastbourne. It offers a programme of activities, discussion and information, touching on different aspects of health – emotional, mental, physical and sexual. By creating a relaxed and informal environment we hope that the girls will be able to share their concerns and seek the advice and support of both staff and their peers. We have successfully piloted short courses (5 sessions) in schools, and have had great feedback. If you would like to book sessions, or are interested in finding out more about our community-based groups, please contact Chris King on chris.king@ewymca.org or 07967 274287.

In keeping with the YMCA's Christian roots and ethos, we run a Chaplaincy service. Our part-time Chaplain, Steve Blundell, is available to young people across our projects, regardless of their faith or beliefs. Through drop in sessions and discussion groups, Steve can offer advice, be a listening ear, and pray for a young person if they request this. Currently he runs a weekly session at McKendrick House (Eastbourne) and regularly meets with one young person for mentoring and discipleship. Steve can be contacted at chaplain@ewymca.org or 07929 208313.