Greetings everyone and welcome to our final monthly newsletter! We are thrilled to provide a range of fantastic updates and insights into our delivery over the past 3 weeks in the lead up to Christmas for the wider community, families, and young people.

Christmas Jumper Campaign and Virtual Christmas Activities

As Linx are now a partner on the Climate Action Middlesbrough project, staff wanted to create a social action campaign with an environmental consciousness this festive season. Linx created a Christmas Jumper campaign where unwanted Christmas jumpers would be donated to local schools taking part in their own ‘Christmas Jumper Day’. Members of the community helped by dropping off their old or unwanted jumpers, as well as collecting stock from local charity shops.

Schools who got involved were, Acklam Grange Academy, Outwood Acklam, Viewley Hill, Caldicotes, and Unity City Academy. The aim of the campaign was not only to encourage recycling of clothing, but to also promote inclusivity as for some families, buying a Christmas Jumper can be an impossible expense at this time of year. The response from schools have been amazing and we are happy to have helped those in need without creating a carbon footprint!

Usually at Christmas time our Youth Clubs would be buzzing with kids making and baking things so we brought that fun to our family’s homes by hosting virtual sessions. Staff delivered to 10 families where they were given all of the supplies for a craft session and baking session which they took part in alongside Linx staff via Zoom. Our virtual Christmas Craft & Bake-a-long sessions have been AMAZING! We made salt dough ornaments to put on the tree and made a delicious cake. We have enjoyed seeing all of our young people’s faces & loved having fun together!

James Kelly Nomination

Linx Youth Project have received a £200 from Middlesbrough Union ‘Unite’.

The union ‘Unite’ gives back to the local community every Christmas, and this year they chose to consider us at Linx Youth Project. James Kelly, aged 73, a resident of Middlesbrough, a passionate member of the Unite Union and Grandad to Lauren, one of our Senior Youth Workers, follows the work that we do at Linx and wanted to help.

James regularly keeps up with what we do and was particularly moved by how we helped the most vulnerable people in our town throughout the Coronavirus Lockdown in which we delivered food hampers across Middlesbrough. As a way of saying ‘Thank You’, James put Linx Youth Project forward for a grant from Unite, and Linx was successful for a grant of £200.

Linx Youth Project used the £200 for our Christmas Jumper Campaign in which we delivered many Christmas jumpers to schools around Middlesbrough meaning that those students who could not afford to buy a Christmas jumper didn’t have to miss out on the occasion. We also used some one the money to put towards our Christmas food hampers, which has allowed us to give families a little bit extra to see them through over the Christmas period.

On behalf of Linx, we would like to thank Unite!

Pets at Home

A Collection was organised by Deputy Manager from Pets at Home Teesside Retail Park.

All of the store’s colleagues donated from there December wage as they wanted to contribute to helping out any families that may be struggling this year.

They really wanted to help out a local charity and knew that The Linx Project would put the money to good use helping local people.

Thank you again, your donation will support so many young people and families across Teesside.

 The Key Project

Our young people at Unity City Academy have been working hard to raise funds so that they can give back to those local organisations who support so many people.

Gift bags filled with toys and presents were prepared by ‘Ricky Woo & The EMAC Crew’ for local children who have been affected by Covid.

Another group, ‘Charming Chicks’ delivered hampers to James Cook Hospital, to ten different wards. We wanted to say thank you as we are all so grateful to our amazing NHS. Our second drop as part of The Key Project was a donation to a local dog rescue centre, Maxi’s Mates Rescue & Rehoming Centre. The ‘Charming Chicks’ purchased dog beds & a huge hamper for the rescue dogs from Kens Bargains who very kindly gave a very generous discount!

Our Christmas competition

Wow what a response we had to the ‘Where’s Santa Today’ competition! 5 Teesside landmarks and Over 200 entries! We randomly selected THREE winners from the correct answers given from each post! WELL DONE!!

Feast of Fun Project

We are also pleased to announce that Feast of Fun granted us money to support our project and tackle food poverty. This has allowed us to continue deliver our essential food packages to families in need across the town. This week alone we have supported over 30 families with surplus with a few Christmas extras inside. From books to Christmas treats.

Linx’s missions Christmas         

2020 has been a changing and challenging time for us all. As families unexpectedly face poverty, more and more children could be waking up on Christmas Day without anything under the tree.

Our mission alongside Cash for kids was to make this Christmas as magical as ever for our young people and families across Middlesbrough.

We are pleased to say that all of the toys in the images you see attached were all given to young people across Teesside to ensure they have the loveliest Christmas regardless of circumstances they are facing.

We would also like to say a big thank you to Middlesbrough Council School Readiness Team for their amazing donation of books to our service. We have put them in our food hampers and Christmas gift hampers that will be delivered across the town to those in need. This will make such a difference to so many young people this Christmas!

Shoe boxes

This year we also took park in Samaritans #OperationChristmasChild, sending shoeboxes filled with presents to underprivileged families in third world countries on behalf of Linx Youth Project. It has been a tough year for everyone right across the globe and we are proud to support people even outside the UK.

To our valued young people, Families, communities and  business partners, all of us here at Linx wish you a lovely Christmas season and all the best for 2021.

See you all soon, and please all stay safe.

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