Love Your Neighbour 

Drone view of Upton Vale

At Upton Vale (UV) we want to love our neighbour and bring Good News to Torquay. Each year we seek to partner with several local charities who are on the front-line meeting the needs of our community. Through our partnerships we support them financially, highlight practical needs to our congregation so they can get involved and we commit to pray for their work. Here are the local organisations we are supporting this year:

  • Transforming Lives for Good (TLG) bring hope and a future for struggling children. UV is opening an Education Centre on our premises in February 2022 to provide intensive support for excluded young people and their families. We also have a number of trained coaches working in local schools. Find out more here.
  • Re-Work make a difference by offering free employment support for those needing to break back into work, especially after the covid pandemic. We are working with Resurgo to launch a Re-Work programme. To sign up or to find out more information click here.
  • Town Centre chaplaincy is looking to explore new ways of bringing Jesus into Torquay town centre. UV is working with other local churches to grow connections with the town centre and offer friendship and support for businesses, workers and shoppers alike.
  • Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centred 12 step recovery programme designed to help people address a variety of hurts, hang-ups and habits. Our friends at St Mary Mags church are running the programme. Find out more here.
  • Healthy Holidays are holiday lunch clubs for children living in, or on the edge of, poverty in Torbay. Our friends at Glo church are working with Torbay Council to run this programme. 
  • Home for Good is dedicated to finding a home for every child who needs one; inspiring people to explore fostering and adoption and equipping churches to understand and support them. Our friends at Together Church have employed a Home for Good Support Worker to work with Torbay Council and local churches to raise awareness and find more homes, due to the high number of children in care in the Bay.
  • Ladies Lounge support vulnerable women and hold a women only drop-in centre in Torquay for those affected by domestic abuse or violence. Find out more here.
  • LiNX Christian Youth Trust is charity helping young people reach their full potential; focussed on, and working in, all of the Bay's secondary schools. Find out more here.
  • Street Pastors is the church in action on the streets. Every Friday and Saturday night, 52 weeks of the year; a network of volunteers go onto the streets and work alongside the Police to respond to issues of safety. Their aim is to strengthen community by working for safer streets. Find out more here.
  • Torbay Food Alliance is a partnership of ten local agencies working together to tackle poverty and hunger in the Bay. Members include the Torquay Community Larder, Paignton Community Larder and Riviera Storehouse, each directly supported by the churches of Torbay. Find out more here.
  • Torbay Winter Night Shelter (ToWNS) provide a warm, safe and welcoming place for the homeless in the coldest winter months. Local churches, including ourselves, open their doors, provide food, friendship and a bed for the night, seven days a week. Covid restrictions have meant the shelter could not run, but volunteers have continued to provide meals for those in need.