In the beginning
In 1993, Hemlington Residents’ Association realised there was nothing for young people in the area, so decided to start a Youth Project… and with the aid of funding through Safer Cities, Linx was born.
The name ‘Linx’ came up in conversation while founders Nicky Walker, Gill Baines and Rod Weston-Bartholomew were having a cuppa and a chat ‘round at Gill’s: a more approachable, memorable name than ‘Hemlington Detached Youth Work Project’, and creating links between the young people of Hemlington and the community.
Board of Management
Linx has always been overseen by a Board of Management, volunteers who are committed to improving the lives of young people in Hemlington. Founding members Nicky Walker, Gill Baines and Pat Southern were joined later by Alan Trice and Val Newby. Ward Councillors Nicky Walker and Jeanette Walker are currently board members, joined by Ann Lovatt and Malcolm S and Board Director John Dilworth. Have a look at our Staff Page to find out more about our Board Members.
In the beginning, Linx had one youth worker, a fresh-faced Rod Weston-Bartholomew who had just finished a Youth Work degree and was keen to gain experience…. ‘We made it up as we went along and it worked!’ says Nicky, who fondly remembers Rod and the early days of Linx. A second youth worker joined on a part-time basis through Middlesbrough Borough Council.
Originally, Linx was based in a single room at St John of God Church on the corner of Cass House Road– an office with one desk, with nowhere to engage with young people. All Linx’ Youth Work was detached – a form of engagement with young people we still consider vital and an important part of the service Linx offers in Hemlington.
Later, Linx’ administration office moved to Viewley for a while, before funding was gained to open a Youth Café in the building Linx now occupies: The Bungalow at Hemlington Recreation Centre. This was the first time Linx had a place to deliver centre-based youth work as well as detached.
With long-term funding gained through the Single Regeneration Budget, as well as project funding through Comic Relief and the Big Lottery, Linx was able to start employing additional sessional workers and dedicated project workers concentrating on Health and Drug & Alcohol Misuse. Funding from Middlesbrough Public Health enabled employment of Youth Health Trainees, two of whom stayed on as Health Project Workers.
From around 2005 until present, Linx has had funding for a variety of projects, employing youth workers dedicated to individual topics: Sexual Health, NEET (young people who are not in Employment, Education or Training), Drugs and Alcohol Misuse, Smoking Cessation and Media Mapping; though all Linx’ youth workers cover a variety of youth work roles! Have a look at our Staff Page to meet our current youth workers!
IF AS A YOUNG PERSON YOU WANT TO HELP PLAN THE PROGRAMME THEN GET IN TOUCH WITH US ON 01642 262736 ASK TO SPEAK TO ONE OF THE YOUTH WORK APPRENTICES REASHA, GEORGIA, BRANDON, JAMES OR KELSEY #YouthInvestmentFund...