August 2020 Newsletter – Project Delivery Updates

Hello and welcome to our first monthly newsletter! First and foremost, we hope you and all your loved ones are safe and well and are coping as best as you can as we emerge from this pandemic together.

We are thrilled to be bringing you the first edition of our monthly newsletter. This month’s edition is filled to the brim with exciting updates surrounding the future of our service, updates on new and developing projects and also provides an insight into just how hard our staff work by accurately capturing the life of a youth worker!

We hope you enjoy reading and as always please get in touch if you feel there is anything we can do to support any young people or families you are working with!

COVID-19 Emergency Food Surplus

We are ecstatic to bring you a glowing first monthly update on the rip-roaring success of our COVID19 emergency delivery program’s. This month we have really branched out regarding our deliveries of support packages now containing long life food and engaging activities for families across the town.

We have been working closely with Middlesbrough Environment City (MEC) and have been purchasing bulk orders from their ECO shop of nonperishable and long-life food which we have been distributing with our food parcels. The weekly journey of a Linx staff member does not stop there however, as in addition to this we have been continuing to receive food surplus from local Greggs outlets which also goes into food packages prior to distribution. The final stop for a Linx staff member prior to commencement of packaging up and delivering the parcels is back to the office for a weekly delivery of 50 hot dinners (provided by Middlesbrough Football Foundation) which are delivered to families alongside existing food packages.
Over 80 families have been delivered to throughout the month of August (currently averaging 20 deliveries per week). We have had between 5 and 6 new families contacting us every week who we have delivered to, and around the same number via referrals as well as 10 consistent families who have received deliveries every week.

HEALTH AND SAFETY DISCLAIMER: All food items distributed that require it are stored initially in a fridge located at Linx’s office and are then transported into cooler boxes so they can be delivered safely to young people and families across the town. All staff are certified level 2 in food hygiene and are up to speed with relevant health and safety guidelines!

Detached/Street Based Update

All the current Linx team are buzzing with how amazing our detached street work has been this month, and we cannot wait to fill you in! Teams have been out 3 evenings a week every week in key areas in Hemlington, Netherfields and Newport Gresham. Staff have been kitted out in appropriate PPE including masks and hand sanitiser.

The response we have had from young people in all these areas has been fantastic! Huge Numbers of young people have been meeting us in arranged locations to get involved in diversionary sports activities. We often find they are there before us – asking where we have been!

These sessions have been hugely beneficial in raising our towns young All the current Linx team are buzzing with how amazing our detached street work has been this month, and we cannot wait to fill you in! Teams have been out 3 evenings a week every week in key areas in Hemlington, Netherfields and Newport Gresham. Staff have been kitted out in appropriate PPE including masks and hand sanitiser.

The response we have had from young people in all these areas has been fantastic! Huge Numbers of young people have been meeting us in arranged locations to get involved in diversionary sports activities. We often find they are there before us – asking where we have been!

These sessions have been hugely beneficial in raising our town’s young people’s physical and mental health during this most difficult time, and we encourage all of our partners reading this to refer any young person they feel would benefit to these sessions (locations below).

Hemlington: Recreation Center Mugga
Date: Every Tuesday
Time: 5pm-6pm

Netherfields: Pennymans Primary Field
Date: Every Wednesday
Time: 5pm-6pm

Newport Gresham: Laycock Park Mugga
Date: Every Thursday
Time: 5pm-6pm

This month we have been working in partnership with different organisations to deliver the best holistic street work for young people! We linked in with MUSINC to deliver an amazing and well attended music and freestyle session at Ayresome Gardens where we discovered we had more than a few young talented musicians on our hands! We have also been working closely with local street wardens, who have been engaging in diversionary football activities that we are running in line with our detached programs on a Thursday evening at Laycock Park.
This month we have engaged with over 100 different young people across these 3 wards and are excited to be carrying on this cracking work through the month of September! Although we all at Linx long for the day we can throw our youth club doors open, we will continue to abide by existing government guidelines to deliver the best possible service for young people up until the day comes we can get back to business!

Virtual Sessions

Despite the success of all our physical projects, that hasn’t stopped the fun interactive sessions we have been running online! This month we have delivered 4 virtual sessions (1 per week) in partnership with Together Middlesbrough & Cleveland Feast of Fun! We discovered Middlesbrough was home to a plethora of young Jamie Oliver’s in our stir fry cooking session, we strummed some new riffs in our music session, we will be contacting The Great British Bake Of 2021 to say sign them up after a brilliant baking session and we got a group of little Einstein’s ready for school with our school readiness session!

On top of that we have also continued to run our youth forum sessions virtually, with a fantastic group of young people looking to make a donation to the COVID19 Ward at James Cook hospital.

Funding New’s & Updates

Of course, the only way all the amazing work you have read and will read about in this newsletter will continue is by our service receiving adequate funding. We are pleased to bring you some fantastic news on this score. Linx have successfully been awarded 5 years’ worth of funding aimed to tackle climate change with leading organisation Middlesbrough Environment City.

This will be a fantastic opportunity for our young people to have a voice, make decisions, be part of the important issues such as greater awareness around climate change, sustainable food, sustainable living and making a positive impact within our communities.

But that’s not all….

We are also pleased to announce we have received further funding from the National Lottery Community Fund- NLCF to continue delivering our much needed youth provisions.

Finally, on top of this Linx have also received a grant from Tees Valley Sport Inequality Fund, to work specifically within BAME communities to offer new and exciting programmes around health and well being.