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.

Green Week

A national week of celebrating action on climate change begun from 18th Sept to 26th Sept 2021, this is called The Great Big Green Week! Linx and the partners of Climate Action Middlesbrough pulled together a full schedule of events throughout the week. We started the Green Week off with a litter pick on Sunday 19th, where our young people, members of the black and ethnic minority community, refugees and asylum seekers, parents and carers, and other organisations came to work together to help improve the area around Middlesbrough Football Stadium as well as engage in conversation around climate change and the environment. Throughout the following week, Climate Action Middlesbrough delivered activities within Linx youth clubs across five different localities. The young people engaged in a recycling sorting task as well as a herbal workshop. Tees Valley Wildlife Trust had the young people crushing Rowan berries to extract the seeds for planting as trees down the line. The Great Big Green Week ended on a high when a small group planted a variety of trees across Linthorpe Cemetery. The 70 young people who were involved in the activities across the week all said they enjoyed learning more about being sustainable and how they can be pioneers for climate action.

Civic Awards

In September several of the Linx staff team attended Middlesbrough’s Civic Community Awards, which is an amazing event celebrating local people and organisations who have made a difference within the community.

We all know that things have been extremely challenging over the last 18 months and beyond, but one thing that hasn’t lacked is community spirit and Middlesbrough’s Civic Community Awards are a perfect way to recognise and reward this.

Linx were honoured to attend this brilliant event hosted by Middlesbrough Council, and were even more honoured to be shortlisted for Improving Job Opportunities within the Community for our work with 16-25 year olds who are at risk of/or are not in employment, education or training and our Youth Work apprenticeship scheme which enabled us to offer 4 local young people the opportunity to earn a Youth Work qualification whilst working at Linx.

Linx were up against the amazing Kim Dixon, who loves helping people and enabling them to find suitable training, volunteering or employment opportunities. She is dedicated to ensuring that people have access to the support they need to be able to achieve their goals. However, it was The Prince’s Trust who won the title. The Prince’s Trust work with partners across Middlesbrough offering hundreds of free courses, grants, and mentoring opportunities to inspire young people to build their confidence and start a career. They work hard to ensure that there is always support in place for any young person to achieve their full potential.

It was a wonderful evening celebrating the amazing people and services within our town, and we offer our congratulations to everyone that was shortlisted and won an award!

The new Linx office.

After completing a very successful and jam-packed summer programme, the Linx team did not put their feet up and relax!

The Linx office has supported 1000’s of young people over the years, and as time has gone by, the office has deteriorated, so the Linx team decided to bring life back into the office.

The office decoration project was not just about making the office look nice and tidy, but to help improve and boost staff morale.

The staff team volunteered day and night, steaming and stripping wallpaper, sanding woodwork, filling holes, removing wall fittings and finally painting.

After a very hard fortnight of prepping walls and debating on what paint colours and flooring to choose, all the Linx staff came together to spend a full working day painting the full building, with refreshments throughout the day to keep staff’s energy levels up.

After weeks of hard work, we can now reveal that we have a lovely bright office where we can come and enjoy work.  We still have a little more room for improvement, but the difference our new decoration makes is already spectacular.

Please see some before and after pictures from our Linx office project.

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.