Hemlington LINX Project delivers detached and centre-based services to disadvantaged, disengaged and, often, highly disaffected children and young people who live in one of the country’s most deprived areas.
Using a targeted approach to engage the hardest-to-reach and marginalised young people, the project provides a comprehensive service for 10 to 25 year olds. Once engaged, there is access to diverse additional support, structured to help young people improve their immediate and future life prospects and to increase their ability to avoid or end risky life styles.
Detached youth work is one the project’s unique aspects, involving youth workers meeting and engaging with young people on the streets and signposting them to appropriate services. Hemlington Linx runs programmes that have all been designed to maximise physical, mental and sexual health and to enhance emotional well-being. Some examples of recent work are sexual and mental health awareness; parenting and interactive ‘babies’ courses; smoking cessation/avoidance; combating alcohol & substance abuse; peer support & mentoring and healthy eating & cooking courses.
The project has received the support of the Middlesbrough Local Policing Area Commander and the local Integrated Neighbourhood Team They go out on joint detached street based sessions.
This funding will enable the provision of detached youthwork sessions, together with diversionary activities and workshops for young people.