The Link was set up in 2010 to address the shortfall in service provision for children, young people and families in Redcar and Cleveland.
Since then we have gone from strength to strength working with almost 3,000 children and young people to build their resilience.
Quote from Parent -
'' The Link changes lives, not just for the children
they help, but for the families too. They give a lot
of support and guidance which cannot be gained
anywhere else. It is an asset to the area and I
don't know what we would do without it''
We get our referrals from a range of services -
CAMHS, Social Care, GP’s and Schools roughly around 500 come to us each year.
Families did self refer but unfortunately this had to be stopped due to lack of funding.
We are hoping to get funding to bring this back as it was very well supported.
There have been lots of changes in which services refer to us over recent years and budget
cuts to services have (and continue to have) a huge impact on us.
Children and Young People
- 90% felt they were listened to in their sessions
- 93% expressed they were treated well by the practitioners
- 87% said their worries were taken seriously
''All the people I spoke to were very kind and put me at ease I never felt anxious when in sessions''
''I could tell all my problems and get advice on what to do and how to cope''
''Nothing about my concerns was regarded as silly. I was listened to and allowed to share anything i wanted/need to''
''It was good because I was helped and understood. I was able to trust the people that seen me''
''I could have a laugh with with my Link worker and we can have serious chats about things too''
''My problems were listened to with no judgement and what I said mattered''
''They really helped me to be more confident in school and out''
- 93% of parents/carers felt their child was listened to in their sessions
- 98% of parents/carers expressed they were treated well by the practitioners
- 96% of parents/carers said their worries were taken seriously
''My daughter has lost all the stress she's so relaxed, happy to talk''
''Mine and my daughter feelings and thoughts were always considered and it helped us both''
''All of the care was good. The Link really helped my son. I could not promote this service enough, I just wish more people knew about this service so then it could be offered to more children across Redcar and Cleveland''
''I've noticed a huge improvement in my child's anxiety problems, things that we as parents were struggling to share''
''The care was really good and they listened to what he had to say and did everything to help''
''Helpful service that was desperately needed and definitely benefited from, Thankyou!!''
The Link is a Community Interest Company or a CIC for short, which means we are motivated by making a positive change rather than making money. We believe that nobody should have to face emotional distress alone, so we provide a variety of therapeutic services, activities, training and events to support children, young people and families who are facing challenges in relation to mental health.
The Link CIC, Community Ventures Ltd, 101 The Greenway, Middlesbrough, TS3 9NA