YMCA Downslink Group - McKendrick House

Referral address

23-25 Vicarage Drive
BN20 8AR

Referral phone

01323 439694

Referral email




Who is the project for?

Who do we help?

Young single homeless people aged 16-25 with a local connection to Eastbourne.

Who we cannot help

Applications considered on a case by case basis, however, those with a history of sex offences and arson may be declined.

  • Minimum age accepted: 16
  • Maximum age accepted: 25

How to get a referral

Referral agencies

All referrals are made through Lewes-Eastbourne Housing department and Children’s services.

Referral procedure

All referrals come from Eastbourne Borough Council Housing Department. Phone Mon-Fri 10am-5pm to arrange an interview. Require proof of identity, references and some background checks.

Length of stay

  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Maximum stay: 2 years

Support and accommodation

Support offered

3 full time and 1 part time staff, 24 hour waking cover. Compulsory keywork system, with weekly meetings. Regular residents' meetings.

Rooms and charges

£8.90 per week required from residents in receipt of benefits.

  • Single: 17
  • Total spaces: 17


  • Furnishings: Rooms fully furnished, with washbasins, fridges and freezers.
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  • Disabled facilities: None.
  • Other facilities: Lounge, computer room, garden.

Rules and policies

House rules and tenure

Residents must attend keywork and More Than a Arrom sessions. No alcohol or illegal substances allowed on the premises. Smoking in own room only. Licence agreement.


Between 9.30am-12 midnight. No overnight guests.

User participation


Further information

Public transport

Train station - 25 minutes walk.

Is this page accurate?

If you work for YMCA Downslink Group - McKendrick House and would like to tell us about any of this information that needs updating please email the Homeless Link Information team. Please note this email address does not contact the service listed above so do not use it if you are looking for help or advice. 

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