How does The Link better meet the needs of those who are struggling in Newtownards? That is the thought which has beset me since I took up the Director role at The Link in January. My hope, in coming to the Link was to help sustain the best of the Link’s work and to explore new approaches to meeting needs experienced in the town. We encounter and address a range of deep and complex needs in our programmes. We ask ourselves how to be true disciples of the Jesus who immersed himself in those very same needs in the marginalised communities of his land. How do we respond to the weight of scriptural injunctions to seek justice and to include those on the margins? This is what the Link attempts to do. Everyday we engage with people of all ages and a wide range of challenging circumstances. Some with whom we intervene are in situations nothing short of crisis. I am astounded by the sacrificial commitment of our skilful and resilient staff and volunteers as they inject compassion into those stretched circumstances. Our staff and volunteers come from a range of denominational backgrounds, and occasionally none, united in their ambition to see brokenness repaired. Why would you not want to be part of this Link thing which believes in hope, purpose and love where those are in such short supply?