Who we are...

We are Christians in Torbay who care about young people.

Our Schools workers resource secondary schools and support students in every aspect of their development, enable them to connect to the local church and see the relevance of Christianity to their lives and encourage Christian young people to live out their faith.  Our Project Manager also serves one secondary school whilst leading the team, working with the trustees and supporting our Administrator who enables the smooth running of the organisation.  

We are a registered charity and are governed by an interdenominational Board of Trustees comprising of Church Leaders & Lay people from across Torbay.

Our supporters come from churches across Torbay, Devon and across the UK and we are glad to work with community and voluntary sector groups, the council and many church based youth workers to see young people in Torbay reach their full potential.

You can read more about our team, trustees, volunteers, fellow youth workers and partner churches by clicking in the drop down menu bar above.
 

Team



LiNX Christian Youth Trust is a dynamic and innovative Christian faith based youth work organisation that has been working with the young people of Torbay for over 15 years.

We enable Torbay young people to reach their full potential through our work in secondary schools and within the local community. 


Our team includes: From left to right:  Tim (Project Manager & Schools worker for Torquay Academy & Torquay Boys Grammar), Chris (our administrator), Matt (Schools worker for Brixham College & Churston Ferrers Grammar), Philip (Schools worker for Paignton Academy & Tower House School), Charlie (Schools workers for St Cuthbert Mayne, The Spires College and Torquay Girls Grammar), Jordan (Schools worker for PRU's) and Johnny (Business, Marketing and Fundraising Coordinator).


We would love to meet you! Give us a ring, or pop by the office - mornings are best, and say hello!

Trustees

Our Trustees include church leaders and members from churches across Torbay representing different denominations as we are an ecumenical organisation. 

Meeting monthly, the trustees work with the project manager to further the vision of LiNX, that every young person in Torbay is enabled to reach their full potential. 

              

Rev Tim Smith (Chairperson), Mr Philip Miles (Company Secretary), Mr David Borrows, Mrs Jackie Olsen and Mr David Harwood (Treasures).

 

We are always interested to hear from people who might want to join this team.  Here are some words from Jackie Olsen.

I am Jackie Olsen, the newest of the LiNX trustees.  I joined the team about four months ago and I am definitely still getting to grips with the role!  I love the vision of LiNX, 'to enable young people to reach their full potential', as this has been part of my own, personal hope that I have taken into my work for many years!

I am a social worker by profession and I have worked with children and young people throughout my career.  Currently I am the Team Leader of the Torbay Primary Mental Health Work Team, which is the school based part of the child and adolescent mental service (CAMHS).  In my role I work closely with Torbay Schools to support the emotional health and wellbeing of their students.  In the past I have worked within Youth Offending Teams, further education colleges and special schools.

Alongside this I am a wife and Mum, I am also a foster carer to a young person with some complex needs, which gives me a very different perspective to the challenges and difficulties that some young people face.

I am keen to support the LiNX workers in our schools and also to encourage the development of positive working relationships across a variety of agencies, both statutory and voluntary.  In these times of austerity there are real opportunities for organisations like LiNX to step up and become an integral part of the guidance and support structures that young people need and deserve. LiNX's commitment to reach out and connect with all young people in Torbay opens up so many exciting opportunities to grow and develop relationships, and ultimately help young people to take on a 'God perspective' of themselves and their lives.

As I settle in to my role I am looking forward to meeting and getting to know more of the LiNX team and supporters.




Partner churches

In our partner churches we liaise with LiNX representatives who share our news and prayer needs with congregations and encourage Christians to partner with us by volunteering, praying and investing financially in this work with young people. 

We visit our partner churches every 18 months to share the joy of news from our work, to encourage and thank our supporters and to pray together for young people in Torbay.

Regular financial support and one off donations from churches and individuals, as well as some grants from charitable trusts sustain our team’s work with young people. We thank God for his work in young people’s lives and for our supporters who enable this work to continue.  

We would love to partner with more churches! To find our more about becoming a partner church please contact Chris Carter, our administrator, on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring 01803 557044.

 Our Church Representatives

 Hannah Barker is a LiNX Church representative at The Willows Community Church, Torquay.

 “I first got involved with LiNX when a worker came to give an RE lesson in my year 7 class. I soon started going to Oddfish, the camps and the lunchtime rock solid club they ran at my school. Over my time growing up LiNX really encouraged me in growing in my faith and having the confidence to share my faith with the people in my year group and the wider community.  I also became a more confident person partly as a result of the support and encouragement they offered. LiNX have also helped me, over the years, discover the gifts God has blessed me with and gave me opportunities to use these gifts as well. I now represent LiNX at my church and feel they had a big influence on my passion for working with children and young people and sharing God’s love with them.”

Youth workers

We are glad to work in partnership with youth workers in Torbay!  We want more young people to meet youth workers and experience their support and encouragement.  Youth workers from across Torbay work with us in schools, work with us at Elevate events and at Oddfish events. 

Our partnerships with church youth workers, community youth workers, and local organisations are contributing to improvements in provision for young people in Torbay. 

Some of the brilliant youth workers we work with in Torbay.

Every year we take part in Pray for Schools Fortnight which includes a commitment to pray for our youth worker friends from churches and Christian organisations across Torbay as well as young people and staff in schools.  To help young people connect to youth workers and church youth activities we have produce a Torbay youth provision guide. The 2016 edition is currently under work and will be available for download here soon.

There are loads of community and voluntary sector organisations in Torbay who run youth activities and to see the directory you can click here and follow the links at the bottom of the page.

 

Volunteers

We are privileged to know some wonderful volunteers who help us in lots of different ways so we can serve young people!  We love to work together with people from local churches and from all across our community.  

Some people volunteer with us by cooking and serving food to young people at elevate, helping us with fundraising, being a School Pastor or helping us get our newsletter to all our supporters.  We really appreciate the devotion of our volunteers!  Everyone can volunteer with LiNX somehow - if you would like to find out more information about different ways you could support our work with young people contact Chris Carter at our offices for more information.  Either telephone 01803 557044 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Work ...

  • Schools
  • Elevate
  • After School
  • Young Leaders
  • School Pastors
LiNX was established in 1997 to resource secondary schools and support students in every aspect of their development. We currently employ 3 full time and 2 part time schools workers to resource all 9 of the mainstream secondary schools in Torbay by supporting the delivery of religious education and health education. By working with local youth workers and volunteers from churches we seek to build links between schools and their community for the benefit of young people.

For more information please contact LiNX Project Manager Tim Funnell on Tel: 01803 557044 or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Elevate began in 2010 with the aim to help young people connect to the local church youth works and is a partnership project with local churches who host, volunteer and co-lead the summer activity week for young people. Young people enjoy a full week of different activities, workshops and day trips before they celebrate together at the end of the week with the Grand Finale! More young people are joining the fun each year!

For more information please contact LiNX Schools Worker and Elevate coordinator Matt Turner on Tel: 01803 557044 or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Providing a safe and fun place to be with kind people to talk to after school is a really important part of our work with young people.

Torquay - Hele after school drop in - Tim Funnell runs this after school drop in café for young people in partnership with Hele Road Baptist Church on Mondays from 3-5p.m. There are games, people to chat to, toast and milkshakes for a small charge.

Basketball club - Tim also runs a basketball session for Torquay Academy students on Tuesdays from 3-4p.m. followed by a session any young people can come to from 4-5p.m. in Torquay Academy Sports Hall. Contact him on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Paignton - Mad Moos Milkshake bar - Philip Eley runs this after school drop in café for young people in partnership with Paignton Baptist Church on Tuesdays from 3:15-4p.m. There are games, people to chat to and milkshakes for a small charge. Contact him on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Brixham - Re:Fuel – Matt Turner runs this after school drop in café for young people in partnership with Brixham Baptist Church on Wednesdays from 3:15-5p.m. There are games, people to chat to and food and drinks for a small charge. Contact him on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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We believe in encouraging, empowering and equipping young people as they grow in their gifts and skills, particularly in leadership.  We want to partner with young leaders in schools and all across our community to reach out to all young people in Torbay. 

Alongside opportunities for young people to lead in Christian Unions in their own schools in 2015 we lunched a specific stream within our Elevate summer week to train and support young leaders, providing opportunities for them to lead and serve during the week.

The mentoring project – Rise Up Mentoring – is another helpful way for church members to be equipped to mentor young people from within their congregations. 

For more information on any of this please contact us in the office onThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01803 557044

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We support the work of Torbay School Pastors as our part time schools worker Charlie Haywood is on the management team and leads Monday patrols.

School Pastors currently patrol around The Spires Academy, St Cuthbert Mayne School, Torquay Academy and Torquay Boys Grammar School in Torquay on Monday and Friday afternoons every week from 2:45pm – 4:15pm.

The role of School Pastors is to patrol the area around both schools and the local neighbourhood. They start outside the school gates at The Spires at 2.50pm, talking to the pupils as they leave. Once pupils have left the school, School Pastors patrol the area around Torquay United Football ground (which is next to the school), including a large field, children’s playground and streets leading to the main bus routes. Then they walk down to St Cuthbert Mayne School and patrol as pupils leave, listening to them and caring for them.

For more information please see the facebook fan page here Torbay School Pastors

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