Crawley, Sussex YMCA Downslink Group

THE ROLE - Part-time (22.5 hours per week) / Permanent / Job description and application pack (including details on our benefits) are available to download from our website.

Are you looking for a role which can help transform the lives of homeless young people in Sussex?

Our mission is to help children and young people have a fair chance to be who they want to be. We do this by providing a safe home, increasing life skills and self-confidence, and improving emotional wellbeing and mental health.

We are seeking a Chaplain to manage our Chaplaincy Service across our West Sussex supported accommodation projects. You will be responsible for recruiting, inducting, and supervising a group of up to 20 volunteer multi-faith chaplains who help deliver regular weekly chaplaincy sessions in our supported accommodation projects in Worthing, Horsham and Crawley. Most chaplaincy sessions revolve around weekly shared meals within our housing projects which helps build confidence, friendships, and a sense of family. Chaplains offer non-judgemental support to residents around their spiritual, emotional and social wellbeing. On occasion you will also work one to one with some of our residents (aged 16-25 years).

The role also has an important outreach function to develop relationships with Christian and other faith/belief communities across West Sussex so that those communities can support and participate in our work, including fundraising.

This is a hybrid role with an expectation of one day from home and two days across our West Sussex projects (days to be discussed at interview).

ABOUT YOU: We know there are great candidates who may not fit everything described, or who have important skills we have not mentioned. If that is you, please do not hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself and why perhaps you are looking to take the next step.

A successful applicant will have a good understanding of their own faith or belief system, as well as some understanding of other faiths and belief traditions and a willingness to listen and learn. You will have a flexible approach to respond to the needs of young people in supported housing, actively listening to and supporting residents who may be experiencing a range of distressing situations including grief, trauma and poor mental health. You will have an understanding of safeguarding procedures and experience working with young people. A successful candidate must hold a valid driving licence and have access to a vehicle.

If you would like any further information or an informal discussion about this post, please contact . Should you require any assistance with our application process, please email us at

CLOSING DATE: 12 February 2024 at midnight. We reserve the right to close this advert early if a successful candidate is found, so please submit your application as soon as possible.

Successful candidates will already have the right to live and work in the UK.

An inclusive workplace - We are committed to policies and practices of equity, diversity, and inclusion and to supporting our people to make sure our culture is consistent with this commitment. We encourage applications from people from all sections of the communities that we serve. We particularly welcome applications from People of Colour and minoritised white communities, people who are LGBTQU+, and people with disabilities and neurodiversities because these groups are currently under-represented in our workforce.

Accessibility - If you require assistance or have questions regarding the application process, please contact us. If you are local to our Head Office in Hove, we can provide you with a paper copy of the job advert and application form. If you are not local, we can post these to your preferred address. If you require these documents in another format, please let us know.

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. Successful applicants are required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure (including the Children's barred list and the Adults' barred list) via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

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