Positive Placements is a new project in Mid-Sussex in partnership with Mid-Sussex District Council and run by YMCA DownsLink Group.
Volunteers are trained as mentors to support young people to find employment, or move into education or training.

Who is this project for?
Young people aged 16 – 25 years old, who are NEET (not in education, employment or training).
We are working with young people who may need a bit of extra support in their lives due to their present circumstances. This could be that you are at risk of homelessness, living in supported housing, suffer from anxiety or emotional health problems, are a young parent, take alcohol/drugs that are affecting your work life, been in trouble with the police, left school early with few or no qualifications, have been looked after. These are just some of the reasons you could ask to join the project.

How does the project work?
It is completely voluntary, it is there as support for you at this time in your life. When we receive your form we will chat to you to see if this is right for you and what you may want to work on if you meet with a mentor. We then try to find a volunteer that we think will work well with you and your needs.

The volunteer will meet with you at an agreed time about once a week. Together you will identify what goals you want to work towards – this could be getting a job, getting more routine in your life, building your confidence, time keeping, filling in forms….there are many things your mentor can help you with. Your mentor can also keep seeing you for up to a year for ongoing support.

Where do we meet?
This could be in various locations such as the jobcentre, library, cafes: it is up to you and your mentor.

How do I get referred?
Complete the following self referral form and email or post it to:

Positive Placements
YMCA Positive Placements
12 Mill Road
Burgess Hill
RH15 8DR

What if I don’t get on with my mentor?
Most of the time volunteers and young people do get on, if you feel they are not right for you speak to the Project Co-ordinator and they will talk to you about any difficulties and if you need a different mentor.

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