JANUARY 2021 NEWSLETTER – PROJECT DELIVERY UPDATES

Greetings everyone and welcome to our first newsletter of 2021!

A little late but happy new year for those we haven’t spoken with since the well-earned Christmas break.

Hopefully, you are all safe and well and your house has finally wound down from a wonderful holiday season and had the best January possible under all the pressure the world is currently facing.

With 2020 in the rear-view mirror, here is hoping 2021 makes up for some difficult times.

We have some new information to share as well as some reoccurring monthly reminders below as we are thrilled to provide a range of updates and insights into our delivery over the past 3 weeks having changed things around and adapting to new ways of life.

Over the past month since we have been faced with yet another national lockdown and have witnessed hundreds of individuals go above and beyond to come up with new and innovative ways to support our communities. So, let us explain how we here at Linx adapted too. In line with recent government and public health guidance, we would like to advise that Linx will continue to remotely engage with our young people and deliver our service the best we possibly can in the most safely manner.

Food Surplus

As many of you are aware, we have had our weekly food distribution up and running and available to the community throughout the duration of the Covid-19 pandemic.

We are pleased to say that this amazing project to tackle food poverty here in our town will be continued to support as many families as possible for the foreseeable future.

This month alone we have supported over 60 families.

We have focused on speaking to our service users to get some feedback on how this project is benefiting their lives and the responses we had are so rewarding.

(Parent of 4, Netherfieds) “Without these food packages I would struggle to provide regular meals for my family. The support I have received has really helped us and I cannot thank the service enough.”

(Young person aged 4) “Oh Thank you so much, this is my favourite, I look for them in our package every week.”

We want everyone to know that if you are struggling for food or know someone who is then we will do our upmost to help in the best way possible as no one should ever go hungry.

New areas of focus

We are all spending more time online, but it does not mean you can`t engage with friends or make new ones. We have established new and safe ways to have fun, learn new things and socialize with others and we want as many young people as possible to take up these opportunities and make the most of their own lockdown journey.

Feeling isolated because of lockdown we know can be hard sometimes, so we decided to develop a Time to Talk Tuesday session. It is an opportunity, open to all to take some time out, enjoy some activities whilst maintaining a positive outlook which is important for our mental- well-being.

We understand that changes within school and learning from home can be difficult too, so we have also developed a homeschooling support session to build on encouragement and praise to succeed.

We are also going to continue to offer our other online sessions, fun activities and check in sessions with young people and will keep everyone up to date with any changes within Linx and in line with any new government updates or guidelines.

We know that it is disappointing for many that we still cannot reopen our center based sessions but if you are looking for something to do other than being bored then please do look what we have going on 5 days a week, including DJ set sessions, family quiz night and the most creative activity sessions!

Detached

Due to all the current commotion, we are really focusing on getting the correct messages and guidance passed on to our young people to ensure they are staying safe, protecting themselves and protecting others. Staff have been out three evenings a week in localities Hemlington, Coulby Newham, Ayresome, Grove Hill, Newport, Breckon Hill and Middlesbrough Town Center to relay the importance of the government guidelines to stay home to help save lives.

We cannot wait to have our provision back up and running as it was previous to Covid-19 but for the time being we encourage all to work together, push through and eventually we will reach the light at the end of the tunnel.

Our Social media

We want as many people as possible to be aware of our support services and the opportunities available to them.

So, if you have a few spare minutes then, do add our accounts listed below to be regularly updated in any activities that will be delivered.

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.

Twitter: @Linx_Youth

Facebook: @LinxHemlington

Website : www.linxyouthproject.co.uk