Links was established in 1985 by Norman and Grace Barnes as a way of helping the world’s poor help themselves out of poverty. It was originally based at Oasis House, Chadwell Heath, Essex.

From the outset, we have used the 'hand up, not hand out' approach and this ethos still underlines our work. The ripple effect of change that we see proves that this kind of change is sustainable.

In 2003, the office moved from Chadwell Heath to its current location in Rustington, Littlehampton.

In 2006, Rich Hubbard became a Co-Director with Norman, having been involved with Links since 1998.

A year later, Rich became CEO with Norman as a Co-Director. Norman officially retired from Links in 2008. 

With Rich at the helm, Links continued to grow from strength to strength, developing a number of international offices and gaining greater influence. Rich streamlined the work into five main areas of:

  • Church partnerships
  • Micro-Enterprise Development
  • Community Healthcare
  • Kingdom resources
  • Creative Income-Generating Projects

Sadly Rich passed away after a battle with cancer on 25 August 2010.

At this point Andy Read stepped into the role of CEO. Having had more than twenty-five years experience in church leadership and having had experience of both personal and corporate development work, Andy was the perfect man for the job. Before becoming CEO, Andy edited the Links magazine for 15 years. Throughout Andy's leadership Links has continued to both grow 'up' in influence and development, but also 'down' as Andy has been hugely strategic in putting strong systems in place for the future growth and development of the organisation.

Andy retired from his role as CEO, handing over the reins to Joe Gisbey in 2017. Joe had been involved with Links going back to 2004, working closely with Rich and overseeing the area of micro-enterprise development. In 2009, Joe and his wife Carolina planted a church in Colombia and developed various initiatives before returning to Links in 2015.

As the years have advanced our vision has remained the same. We believe in a better tomorrow where people are free from the stranglehold of poverty in all its forms. We believe that this is central to the message of the Gospel - God's Kingdom here on earth. We continue to work to bring this transformation in the areas of:

  • Spiritual Renewal
  • Business Development 
  • Community Healthcare
  • Education
  • Justice

Together we are confronting poverty and creating potential.

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