MARCH 2021 NEWSLETTER – PROJECT DELIVERY UPDATES

Hello everyone and welcome to another one of our monthly newsletters!

We are thrilled to provide a range of fantastic updates and insights into our delivery for the wider community, families, and young people.

First of all, I would to introduce everybody to our new Coach Core Sports Apprentice, Treaneil Donaldson:

“I am someone who has a passion for sports, my favourite is football, and I played for West Brom under 15s whilst I was at school. After I graduated from school, I went to University College Birmingham studying a Level 3 sport course whilst attending gyms and outdoor leisure activities. I also like to travel a lot to different places to watch football games or sporting events that take place. I joined Linx Youth Project in Middlesbrough with the prospect to help me to build skills and develop myself in coaching as well as being a good role model for young people. My future aspirations are to become an exercise physiologist and sports coach.”

We look forward to working alongside you Treaneil!

Keep an eye on our social media for his work out videos and progression.

Funding
We have been successful in receiving funding from Feast of fun (Together Middlesbrough and Cleveland and Community Chest (Middlesbrough Council) to providing free holiday activity, resources and/or food to support children and families within the community during the Easter school holidays.

This funding will add extra support in making sure we combat child hunger, isolation, and encourage during the Easter holiday break.

Staff will provide fun and enriching activity that provide children with an opportunity to develop new skills and knowledge to consolidate existing skills and knowledge or try out a new experience.

BBC Children in Need

Last year, Linx received funding from BBC Children in Need which contributes to the every day running of the organisation and allows us to engage with young people virtually and in the near future face-to-face.

We also use the funding to provide food hampers to some of our most vulnerable families. Children in Need reached out to us recently asking if we could demonstrate how their fundraising has been put to work and introduce them to some of the young people supported by vital projects like Linx.

We gladly accepted the invitation to do so as it is thanks to our funders that we are able to continue working with young people and families each day. We put together a short video which you can check out in the sidebar or on our Youtube Channel > https://youtu.be/56W0P1SfiBQ

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Please note this photo was taken in 2019 before Coronavirus pandemic.

Food packages

We are continuing our efforts to tackle food poverty across Middlesbrough and supporting families the best we possibly can at this difficult time by providing food hampers for those in need. With help from Feast of Fun and Middlesbrough Community Chest grants, we have been able to provide our young people, and families, with healthy lunches throughout our activities.

Virtual life this past month

We have been continuing to run our popular online sessions this month and have had engagement from 30 young people on our weekly sessions, with many returning week after week. We have introduced bingo into our virtual delivery and that has been a hit with our families! All of our activities have been linked to current and relevant themes such as Mothering Sunday card and biscuit making, Comic Relief rice cakes and quiz, and Veggie Month pizza making! All of our regular young people have enjoyed coming on to our virtual delivery: Daniel aged 13: “The sessions have been fun and something different to do, I enjoy cooking the most!” Lee aged 10: “I have grown in confidence since getting involved with Linx and am always excited for what the activity is next week”.

Detached

In the month of March, Linx staff members have carried out a total of 24 detached sessions across 6 wards: Hemlington, Coulby Newham, Ayresome, Grove Hill, Breckon Hill and Newport.

Detached youth work is something that past and present staff members at Linx are very familiar with as the organisation has been doing from the very start. For those who don’t know what detached work is, it is working with young people where they are, ie on the streets.

Often, people get detached work confused with outreach work which is similar, however outreach aims to engage with young people and then support them into centre or building-based provision, whereas detached involves youth workers finding ways to engage with young people hanging around on the streets in hot spot areas. Detached is a great way of reminding young people of the current COVID-19 restrictions. Whilst staff are out in the mentioned wards, we often engage with local members of the community, PCSO’s and street wardens who Linx staff are always happy to work alongside.

Covid Community Champions

Regarding supporting our community with the correct information around the current pandemic is something we are doing daily. Whilst staff are out on detached, working virtually, or even remotely we are really focusing on getting the right messages across to all residents of the town no matter the barriers which occur. Middlesbrough Councils Covid Community Champions network have been working endlessly to create new and innovated ways to share all of the relevant information people will find useful and need to stay safe.

This network has been adapting new ways to best suit their own individual service users to ensure they receive the correct messages, and we encourage all to do the same.

We understand that as an individual you may not have a job role where you influence others on the actions they take however there is always someone in your life, community or even virtually who you could support in the same way.

We are encouraging all to stay positive, support one another, stick to the rules, and save lives.

Sub Rosa Project

Linx are proud to have been a part of the wonderful public artwork in Middlesbrough. This was a project over the span of two years where artist, David Lisser, involved Linx young people to be involved in the creation of his piece.  To read more about it please visit: https://mima.art/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/MIMAZINA-19.pdf

Generation Brexit – Teesside University’s Youth Dialogue Project

Background

The Teesside University Generation Brexit project is developing opportunities for young people ages 14-26 to engage in a series of events which explore their ‘hopes, fears and aspirations’ in relation to Brexit – the UK decision to leave the EU. It will provide opportunities for them to learn more about what Brexit means and engage in activities which allow them to share their ideas and opinions with policy makers. The overall aim of the project is to allow them to imagine the possibilities and opportunities a post-Brexit Britain might generate.

Seeking your help and involvement

There are a number of ways that you can become involved – we are currently looking for:

Local youth workers and youth organisations to be part of the Practitioner Steering Group

Local politicians and policy makers to become part of the project’s work through involvement in interviews, workshops and podcasts.

Young people ages 14-26 to be part of the project as members of the Youth Advisory Board – which meets monthly to help run and manage the project – or through generating creative content and skills such as: writing blogs/articles; video making; events and workshops; web content management; podcasts etc

There will be a series of interactive and fun events planned during 2021 which will be interested to young people across Teesside and I would be grateful if you would be involved and help us promote the project.

Interested?

If you would like to register your interest and get more involved just contact Sean Murphy, Senior Lecturer in Youth Work s.murphy@tees.ac.uk Further information visit our Facebook page

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