A Redcar-based charity that helps children and young people dealing with mental health difficulties is planning some summer holiday fun thanks to a £2000 grant from UK Steel Enterprise.
The Link is now buying items for circus skills workshops and a Mad Hatters Tea Party as well as board games, musical instruments, books and art supplies thanks to UKSE’s Community Support Fund, set up to help projects that improve the quality of life for people living in steel areas.
Since it was founded in 2010, The Link has helped more than 1000 children, young people aged 3 to 18 and their families who are experiencing emerging mental health difficulties or emotional issues. The money will also give a facelift to its Turner Street premises with new signs, display boards, shelves and decorating.
The team of professionals at The Link cover areas such as art and drama psychotherapy, education, mental health, social care and autistic spectrum disorders. They work closely with families, social workers, GPs, schools and local mental health services.
“We are so grateful for this support from UK Steel Enterprise, especially as they helped us a couple of years ago with materials for our Art Group,” said Kath Dowson, Business Development Manager.
“It costs £300,000 a year to run and staff this building and we are working hard to generate more earned income. Providing holiday services is one way we can do that so the UKSE help to buy equipment is especially useful.”
The team uses a range of therapies and skills to provide early intervention that can prevent an escalation to specialist mental health services for young people. It is one of the first centres in the UK to be trained and licensed to use The Resilient Doughnut, an effective tool that builds resilience in young people.
“Our aim is to create a friendly and supportive atmosphere and children, young people and their families respond well,” said Kath Dowson. “We are often told that the Link is awesome!”
Peter Taylor of UK Steel Enterprise, the business-support subsidiary of Tata Steel, said: “We are known for the financial and other support we provide to new and growing businesses which includes investments of up to £1m. Our Community Support Fund may seem very small in comparison but we know it can make a big difference to charities and organisations running community projects.
“The Link is doing extremely valuable work in helping young people on Teesside to deal with mental health or emotional difficulties,” he added.
For details of UK Steel Enterprise’s support for businesses and communities in steel areas call 01642 777 777 or www.uksteelenterpise.co.uk. The Link is on 01642 505580 and at www.redcarlink.com