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.