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.

Gael Bengono Oyono

Firstly, we would like to say a big welcome to Gael Bengono Oyono for joining the Linx team as a session youth worker. Gael is a Cameroonian national who has worked with young people in Cameroon and China whilst studying for his bachelor’s degree. Gael said “I am very happy to be part of this wonderful team. I have already seen the good things Linx does for young people and cannot wait to get involved. I have read so many good things about Linx and excited to be part of the team”.

Drinking At Home – At What Cost?

We recognise that over the past 15 months, our lives have changed dramatically, we have faced worry, sadness, stress and so much more. Living with restrictions has added heaps of extra pressure on us all, which has led to lots of people drinking larger quantities of alcohol at home which may seem like the only way to relieve some of the feelings that are being experienced.

However, we want to raise awareness of the dangers of drinking at home amongst the young people and families in our town. To do this, we ran our very own Smoothie Bar, with resources being provided by Middlesbrough Council who are keen to get the messages across.

Across the multiple wards we work in, we set the bar up each day in a new location and young people came to get involved. Young people poured fruit juice into spirit measuring cups to estimate how much alcohol would be in a single measure and a double measure drink, and almost every time, they significantly over poured. This ties is with the risks of drinking at home, with those who do so being more likely to drink heavier and pour stronger drinks.

The sessions were educational and fun, with all involved enjoying the time spent learning about responsible drinking and making mocktails!

Support services in our town include:

Change, Grow, Live (CGL)

Phone: 01642 876323

Email: Middlesbrough.fax@cgl.org.uk

Recovery Connections

Phone: 01642 351976

Email: info@recoveryconnections.org.uk

Keep Britain Tidy

During May half term Linx’s Climate Action Middlesbrough team took part in organising community litter picks as part of the Keep Britain Tidy movement. We ran a litter pick within four areas of usual youth provision delivery; Coulby Newham, Grove Hill, Newport, and Hemlington, all of which were attended by members of the community, partner organisations, Middlesbrough Council, young people and even Mayor of Middlesbrough Andy Preston! The events were really successful and allowed young people to take part in having an increased positive contribution within their community. The young people and community members expressed interest in making the litter picks a regular event so they can be involved in the positive community action within their local areas. This will be something that Linx will aspire to achieve within school holidays so please keep an eye out for our litter picking events to get involved with.

Volunteers Week

The first week of June was Volunteers Week 2021, the annual week of celebration of volunteers and a time to say ‘Thanks’.

Being a volunteer is such a rewarding role, and there are so many great benefits. Volunteering is an amazing way of gaining confidence by giving you the chance to try something new as well as learning new skills and gaining experience, it can help you meet different people and make new friends and can also be a good way of having fun and supporting your local community.

Volunteers are so important for not for profit organisation like ourselves, and we want to take this opportunity to say a huge T H A N K  Y O U! to the many volunteers that have been with us at Linx. Past, future and present!

For information on volunteering with us, please contact info@linxyouthproject.co.uk

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The Key Awards 2021

We were happy to hear that this year’s key awards seen Linx and a group of young people from UCA school nominated for 3 different key awards in 2021. These categories were

The Key Covid Champions: the award seeks to recognise a key project which demonstrates excellent during the pandemic.

Community Benefits Wards: We received a whopping 13 nominations for The Key Community Champions.

Outstanding Delivery Partner: Which looks to acknowledge an exceptional Key Member that has championed The Key in their organisation and has made the most of their Key Membership.

The group from UCA school called (Ricky woo and Emec crew) were nominated for 2 awards to recognise the effort they put into organising a social action project. the group of young people organised Christmas presents to help support families who cannot afford presents during the Christmas period. This thoughtful idea got recognised by the key and was nominated for an award. Unfortunately, the group did not win it as there were a lot of amazing projects too.

Linx as an organisation also was nominated for great partnership work and providing great key projects for young people, also with lots of amazing partners out there we did not win it.

It was nice to share all the great achievements from young people and the Linx youth project! We will continue working hard next year with young people to win an award.

Climate Action Middlesbrough allotment at Linx

As some of you may be aware, Linx have been a tenant within the Hemlington Allotments for some years now. Over lockdown, Catherine Howell from Barefoot Kitchen CIC was maintaining the space as best as she could and donated the freshly grown vegetables to our Eco Shop which was fantastic to be so sustainable throughout such a time in need for many. However, due to funding changes and staff availability, in just a matter of a few months of being left, the space become extremely overgrown. If you are a regular reader of these Newsletters, you will know that Linx’s Climate Action Middlesbrough team have been working hard alongside a small group of young people in Hemlington to create a beautiful garden space within the courtyard outside of The Recreation Centre. This has been a brilliant success, the young people have really enjoyed the sessions and learnt a lot about planting different herbs, vegetables, plants, and the maintenance which comes alongside it. Once the garden project was complete, the group were able to turn their attention onto the allotment space!

We had a lot of work to do, but after conversations with local members of the community and other allotment tenants, everyone came together to work on the space as a community event to help us out. Due to the goodness of those who helped, we were able to really hit the ground running and even get a greenhouse up!

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.

Twitter: @Linx_Youth

Facebook: @LinxHemlington

Website: www.linxyouthproject.co.uk