Connect is in its nineteenth year. It is an ecumenical project supported by all the major churches in Mid Devon. The Connect team of trainees and local church youth workers works in the four community colleges in Crediton, Chulmleigh, Holsworthy and Okehampton.
Structure & Vision
Connect is a registered charity (1126303) and is managed through a board of trustees, with local management groups in each of the four areas.
Our vision is to: demonstrate Christ's love for young people; offer support on behalf of mid Devon's churches to each community college in developing young people mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually and socially; encourage young people to work out, own and stand for their Christian faith among their peers, in their school and community.
SWYM trainees are based in Crediton (the catchment area for Queen Elizabeth's School), but also work with trainees and local church youth workers over the whole Connect project area, including Chumleigh, Holsworthy and Okehampton.
The majority of a trainee's time is spent in school; running clubs, leading assemblies, offering pastoral support and helping in lessons. Trainees also provide support for several local church youth clubs.
Trainees should also encourage young people to attend camps and events (including those organised by SWYM and DCYC).
There are regular Connect team meetings for discussion and planning. The SWYM area coordinator supports trainees through a weekly cluster meeting and regular liaison with your line manager. Trainees meet regularly with their Connect line manager to discuss and plan their work and to evaluate its impact. They are also provided with a mentor who will help with personal and spiritual development.
See our website at www.connectdevon.org for more information and downloadable Connect policies.