APRIL 2021 NEWSLETTER – PROJECT DELIVERY UPDATES

Hello and welcome to another one of Linx’s monthly newsletters!

This month’s newsletter is informing you all on our changes to delivery with Covid-19 restrictions easing and to share with you our successes over the month.

Middlesbrough Council Youth Offer

As our monthly newsletter readers and supporters, you must already be aware of the great news that was shared by Deputy Mayor, Antony High, about the exciting youth offer in Middlesbrough.

We are very pleased and proud to be one of the three partners who will continue working closely with other great agencies in Middlesbrough to deliver our Universal Youth offer from April. Alongside The Junction and MFC Foundation, who will provide targeted provision and targeted transitional provision, Linx will be delivering a Universal Youth Provision for all young people across Middlesbrough aged between 11 and 18 (up to 25 years old with additional needs).

Watch this SPACE!

If you would like to read more about our revamped youth service, please visit https://www.middlesbrough.gov.uk/news/revamped-youth-service-unveiled

 

Food Packages

As Linx youth clubs are reopening, we have made the decision to discontinue our regular food parcel provision.

After more than a year of supporting young people and their families, we will be ending this amazing project that has brought smiles to lots of young people and family’s faces. We have learnt a lot throughout this difficult time, since starting our food parcel provision, so we aim to continue to help as many young people and families where possible going forward. In our youth clubs, we will provide healthy meals for our young people, endorse the importance of budgeting for food and how to shop sustainably, and teach them how to cook and prepare food with the hope that this will be taken into their adulthood, and family homes, to help prevent future food poverty. Linx will be working in partnership with Tees Valley Together, and other organisations to continue supporting our families in need.

Feast of Fun and Community Chest grants 

The Easter half term outdoor sessions was a great way of restarting our face-to-face work with young people as it was perfectly timed with the easing of restrictions, allowing us to rebuild relationships with young people as we start to see them more often.

We organised activities such as football, basketball, tennis and for those that did not want to get involve with sport, staff engage with music activities while also providing everybody with fresh food and refreshments.

In total, we engaged with 130 children and young people across the Middlesbrough area. The main areas covered by Linx are: Newport, Breckon Hill, Grove Hill, Hemlington, Coulby Newham and Whinney Banks.

Because of the Feast of Fun and the Community Chest grants, we were able to reach out to more, and new, young people and families who now engage in our project each week.

Local Man Raises Money for Linx Youth Project

Andrew Densley, Fitness Trainer and owner of Denosit, set out to raise money alongside promoting exercise through a Step Challenge. Inspired by the work that Linx carried out during the pandemic as we continued to support those most in need, Andrew is local to the area and wanted to give something back as a way of saying Thank You. Andrew, alongside a number of young people from the Middlesbrough area walked thousands of steps each day in a bid to raise money for Linx Youth Project.

Each week, Andrew posted the number of steps he had done onto the Densofit Facebook Page and encouraged other people to do the same. Andrew set a goal of £200, but together with the community a total amount of £262.51 was raised. Andrew stated ‘It’s a pleasure to be helping for such a good cause.’ Linx Youth Project would like to thank Densofit owner and the local community for this fantastic amount.

Children North East – The Voices Session

On Friday the 9th of April, Linx had the amazing opportunity to meet with Andrew Thorpe from North East Children, who are collaborating with Newcastle University on the effects of Covid and lockdown and how this has, and still is affecting young people. It was a brilliant session and as usual we are extremely grateful for our young people’s input to services offered. Linx look forward to working in the future with Andrew and his team.

Climate Action Middlesbrough

As you may already know, Linx are partners on the Climate Action Middlesbrough (CAM) project funded by National Lottery Community Fund. Through online engagement we have managed to encourage young people to think differently about their consumption and the materials they use when crafting and cooking. But now, since the lockdown restrictions have eased, Linx’s CAM team have had the opportunity to do face to face work with young people who are enthusiastic about the environment and creating positive local changes to help tackle the climate crisis. The group have been working on a garden project in Linx’s courtyard and they have used plants which are specific for promoting biodiversity, encouraging bees and butterflies, as well as learning about the benefits of providing these spaces for wildlife and how to maintain them. These young people will become part of a larger youth forum, ensuring young people are at the forefront of tackling climate change in Middlesbrough through a community enablement programme with young people at its heart, engaging the wider community, including through intergeneration activities.
You can keep up to date with CAM related news on our Facebook Page @ClimateActionMiddlesbrough

Green Shoots

Green Shoots is funded through the Green Recovery Challenge Fund, the project will build on well-established partnerships to connect some of Middlesbrough’s most under-represented and disadvantaged groups with nature, developing skills, understanding and community cohesion. Our lead on the project, Raheem, has been developing his skills this month within the Forest Schools taster sessions as this will be on offer to local families.
Take a look at Green Shoots Facebook Page for more information or ways you can get invovled @GreenShootsMiddlesbrough

Linx Staff Receive Kooth Training

Linx Youth Project are keen to assist young people through difficult times and support them with their mental health. We are always looking for ways in which we can continue to support young people, even if the current circumstances make face to face support difficult. Kooth.com is a great way of overcoming this obstacle and has similar values to Linx in believing that every young person has the right to thrive and to access high quality mental health care.

Kooth is a free, safe and anonymous online service offering emotional and mental health support for children and young people. Kooth.com is commissioned by the NHS, Local Authorities, charities and businesses to provide anonymous and personalised mental health support for children and young people.

Kooth.com is a great way for young people to receive support. You can access the site on www.kooth.com.

 

To our valued young people, families, communities and business partners, at this time, we would be interested in any feedback or comments that you would have in relation to our service delivery during lockdown and for future delivery.

Please stay safe and if there is anything we can support with then don’t hesitate to contact our team who would be happy to help.

Linx staff are working very hard in-line with the current roadmap & easing of the restriction out of lockdown, so watch the space as we are reintroducing our popular youth provisions in the coming weeks.

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Website: www.linxyouthproject.co.uk