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

Festive Greetings and welcome along to a special Christmas edition of our monthly newsletter, which will also be our final newsletter of 2021!

Christmas Jumper Appeal

Last year Linx took part in a Christmas jumper campaign where the aim 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.

We were helped by some lovely donations of Christmas jumpers from members of the local community, as well as collecting stock from local charity shops, and were able to give these out to young people attending our youth clubs, to enable them to attend Christmas jumper celebration days at school, without the financial worry of buying new and expensive Christmas jumpers, at this already expensive and stressful time of the year.


Christmas Parties

Our youth clubs are throwing their Christmas parties between Monday 13th and Friday 17th December, with lots of food, drinks, decorations, dancing, and games. Get ready to pass the parcel, sing your heart out on the karaoke and throw your best moves for the dance off.

It’s a great way to say goodbye to 2021, celebrate the friends and accomplishments we’ve made this year, and to look forward to bigger, better, and brighter things in 2022.


Hemlington Community Group

Our wonderful Hemlington Community Group, made up of 2 enthusiastic mums from Hemlington who want to make a difference to other local people, has gone from strength to strength with their thoughtful coffee mornings and fortnightly meetings. They have planned a special Christmas Dinner Party to help combat loneliness and social isolation. They will welcome 25 guests along for food and friendship to The Silver Spoon in The Viewley Centre on Thursday 16th December. Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston will also be attending and be able to see the amazing work that the community group have done.


Tree Planting Session

On Sunday 12th December, our wonderful Climate Action Activist Eilis attended the Tees Dinosaur Park with 12 young people, and planted 540 trees, with help from the Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club and Community Champions Middlesbrough.

Our volunteers even helped pick litter and clean up the area afterwards. In total over 100 people attended on the day! A drone took some fantastic photos of dinosaurs, park and saplings, and the young people were very engaged with all the activities. All this work not only makes a difference to our local area and young people, but also to future generations to come.



We have a huge pile of food hampers stacked up in the Linx offices ready to go out to local families. Collection of the hampers is on Monday 20th and Thursday 23rd December from The Annex at Linx Youth Project. They can include tinned goods, part baked bread and bakery items, long life milk, treats and crackers. No child should go hungry, especially not at Christmas, the hampers are just one of the ways we’re helping local families cope with the stress and financial strains at this time of year.


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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