AN AMAZING week was had by all as the sixth annual Elevate Summer week provided a series of fantastic memories. Christian charity LiNX arranged the annual non-residential day programme activity week, hosted by LiNX and Torbay churches, and provided a full week of events and activities for school children in Years seven to 11.
Matt Turner, from LiNX, said: "Six years on and still going strong. Needless to say despite this year being one of the most stressful for us as a team, we still had one of the best 'Elevate weeks' in its six-year run "Seventy young people from across Torbay joined us for the week, alongside a dedicated team of local youth workers. "As always our heartfelt thanks and appreciation goes to these guys and the rest of the volunteers who help feed, transport and generally clear up after us all. Without this dedicated team, some of whom have lasted the full six years, Elevate wouldn't be what it is.
"It was also a huge privilege this year to work alongside a team of young leaders, many of whom have grown up through Elevate, and are a massively valuable part of our team. We are so grateful for the work God is doing in their lives and their love for Him and us at LiNX."
One of the young people who attended said: "It was amazing, I made so many new friends. I loved every moment of it and I'm going to go next year too."
Another added: "It's great. I've been going these past years and it's getting better and better."
A third said: "It was better than I ever expected, it mixed life lessons with enjoyment. I made a variety of new friends and recognised things about myself and the type of person I am. I would recommend it to anyone, the staff and leaders were very friendly and I definitely want to do it again."
The week included trips to the River Dart Country Park, Woodlands, Quay West, the cinema and their 'big choice' outings, as well as the workshop stream making its return with some great classics such as sports, cooking, arts and craft and graffiti, and new for 2015 was choir and yarn bombing workshops.
Planning for Elevate 2016 has already begun.
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