• Organisation: Hemlington Detached Youth Work Project (Linx)
  • Salary: £20,198 pro-rata
  • Salary info: Initial Temporary 6 month Contract. £10,918 (Full-time equivalent £20,198) 20 hours per week. End date (if Temp Post) September 2015
  • Job type: Youth Worker x 2 (Media Mapping Project)
  • Status: Part time
  • Closing date: 27/02/2015
  • Location: Hemlington, Middlesbrough
  • Website: http://www.hemlingtonlinx.org


An exciting opportunity has arisen due to funding received from Middlesbrough Public Health to employ 2 x Youth Media Workers for 20 hours per week for 6 months (further funding to be sought). The position is based at Linx/Hemlington Detached Youth Work Project.

The project will involve 2 workers to map what current media sources are available to Young People within Middlesbrough and to identify how they can be successfully used to address key issues around health, bullying, racial issues, integration etc and to signpost to services and youth projects.

For more details please email garry@hemlingtonlinx.org to be sent an application form, person specification and job description.

For an informal discussion contact Garry Robinson (Youth Work Manager)

Tel: 01642591955

Organisation profile:

Linx is a not-for-profit organisation established in 1993 and based in Hemlington, Middlesbrough

We are dedicated to working with young people in Hemlington and the surrounding areas of South Middlesbrough. We offer a variety of packages for young people including:

  • Detached Youth Work Street Sessions in Hemlington and South Middlesbrough
  • NEET Project (Not in education, employment or training)
  • Sexual Health and Relationships Project
  • Young People’s Sexual Health Clinic @ Viewley Centre Doctors Surgery
  • Drugs and Alcohol Project
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award Programme
  • Boys and Young Mens Project
  • Healthy Young Mums Project
  • Junior Youth Clubs
  • ‘You’re Welcome’ – Young Inspectors of Health Services
  • Fun interactive activities and courses (contact for more details)

Application notes:

Please complete the application form and cover letter relating to the person specification by Friday 27th February to Linx/Hemlington Detached Youth Work Project, The Recreation Centre, Cass House Road, Hemlington, Middlesbrough TS8 9QW or E mail togarry@hemlingtonlinx.org

Interviews will take place week commencing 9th, March (date to be confirmed).


NESEP members have the opportunity to access a number of training packages aimed at social and other businesses throughout the North East. This includes; Apprenticeship, Short Courses, Skills Support for the Unemployed, and Functional Skills.

Their Apprenticeship training packages are delivered within the working environment, employees are assessed by work products, observations of practice, discussions of experience and other forms of work related evidence.

Usually apprenticeships are delivered over a 12 or 18 month period and a team of expert assessors will visit the workplace once a month for around 1 – 2 hours to work with employees in achieving the apprenticeship.

All employees will also have to commit to working in their own time as they will be given a number of different assignments to complement the work they are doing within the workplace and with the assessor.

We currently offer apprenticeships in the following skills:

  • Business Administration Level 2 & Level 3
  • Team Leading Level 2 & Management Level 3
  • Health and Social Care Level 2 & Level 3
  • Social Enterprise Level 3

Who can do an apprenticeship?

  • You must be aged 16 +
  • Work between 16 – 30 hours
  • Not have a degree (in any subject area)

For more information, contact Bob Stoate at NESEP – bob@nesep.co.uk.

Learn on-the-job how to develop a social enterprise – and get a qualification too

There’s an opportunity for NESEP members to access an exciting course of work-based training in Developing Enterprise Skills. Organised as around 60 hours of work-based learning with 4-6 supported sessions of training, this course will develop your understanding of the skills and qualities of enterprising people, help you create a project plan and budget, and demonstrate how to evaluate an enterprise project.

Whether you’re a novice who needs help getting going, or an experienced social entrepreneur who wants to fill knowledge gaps and formalise their experience, this course can help you make your social enterprise thrive. And, depending on your learning requirements, you can be certified to NCFE Level 2 within 6-12 weeks.

For more information, contact Bob Stoate at NESEP – Bob@nesep.co.uk

Jack Drum Arts have some Activities and events coming up

There are still places on the following activities taking place over the coming months. If you would like more information or would like to book a place please email info@jackdrum.co.uk or call the office on 01388 765002.


 Wednesdays, 6.30pm – 8.30pm (FREE)
Where: Jack Drum Arts, St Cuthbert’s Centre, Church Hill, Crook
Who: All ages (under 10’s must be accompanied by an adult)
Bells, sticks, and hankies at the ready – This new group will create their own ‘Morris Side’ with the help of Richmond Morris, ready to perform at festivals and events over the coming months.  We will be learning some ceilidh dances so we can join in wherever we go! Musicians in the group will learn traditional tunes to accompany the dancers.

When: Thursdays, 5.30pm – 7.30pm (FREE)
Where: Jack Drum Arts, St Cuthbert’s Centre, Church Hill, Crook
Who: All ages (under 10’s must be accompanied by an adult)
Fast-paced, high energy, foot-stomping musical fun! Runaway Samba brings the flavour of Mardi Gras to performance and procession. Learn traditional Brazilian rhythms with master drummer Nik Alevroyiannis, make new friends, and join us at festivals and events around the region.
This activity is funded by our Colour Your Life Outreach Programme

When: Tuesday 17th, Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th February, 10.30am – 4.30pm (£10 for 3 days)
Where: Jack Drum Arts, St Cuthbert’s Centre, Church Hill, Crook
Who: Ages 10+
Join professional musicians Hannabiell and Yilis for 3 days of music, rhythm, and fun! All work created will be performed at our ‘Sounds Around the World’ showcase event on Saturday 21st March (see below for more details).

When: Tuesdays, 10am – 12pm starting 24th February until 2nd June (£3 donation per week)
Where: Jack Drum Arts, St Cuthbert’s Centre, Church Hill, Crook
Who: Adults Age 19+
Work with professional potter Hugh Penney to learn the techniques you will need to design and shape your own beautiful creations. This course is open to complete beginners or for those who have some experience with clay. We will provide basic materials, specialist tools, and off-site firing facilities.
NB: If you completed a pottery and ceramics course with us in the current academic year as part of the above programme you are not eligible for a place.

When: Fridays, 10am until 12.30pm starting 27th February until 8th May (FREE)
Where: Meet at Chatterbox Cafe, Market Place, St John’s Chapel
Who: Adults Age 19+
Join local photographer Louise Taylor on Friday mornings for a ramble around the Dales taking photographs, meeting new people and increasing your knowledge of the local area whilst getting some gentle exercise. No photography experience is required, just enthusiasm and a love of the outdoors.
NB: Well behaved dogs are welcome!

Heritage Survival Music Workshop
When: Saturday 28th February, 10.30am until 3.30pm
Where: Jack Drum Arts, St Cuthbert’s Centre, Church Hill, Crook
Who: Age 10+
Come along and spend the day with musicians and singers from the Heritage Survival Band and then join us on a trip to see them perform at Frosterely Village Hall in the evening.

A series of 1 off taster days at Harehope Quarry, Frosterely led by local artists
All sessions are suitable for adults age 19+.  Children and young people are welcome provided they are accompanied by an adult.

When: Friday 6th March, 10am until 4pm (FREE)
Discover the landscape around Harehope Quarry – the rocks, the ciews, the wildlife and the people and use your discoveries to inspire an afternoon of screen printing.

When: Friday 10th April, 10am until 4pm (FREE)
Improve your photography, meet new people and get some exercise whilst creating some stunning images using the shapes and textures of the local natural environment.

When: Friday 8th may, 10am until 4pm (FREE)
Have a go at creating some animated artwork inspired by a wander around Harehope Quarry. The session will look at how animation can be created outdoors using digital cameras, tablets, drawing materials and natural objects. No technical skills required. Participants can bring along their own cameras, tablets, sketch books etc.

When: Friday 5th June, 10am until 4pm (FEE)
Work with local enviromental artist Jo to create willow sculptures in response to ourselves and how we interact with the unique landscape of the Quarry.

When: Friday 3rd July, 10am until 4pm (FREE)
Explore the natural variety and interest of the Quarry and create interesting and varied pieces of writing inspired by it’s atmosphere and presence.


When: Friday 6th March, Doors open at 7pm until late, £3
Where: Jack Drum Arts, St Cuthbert’s Centre, Church Hill, Crook
Who: All ages although under 14’s must be accompanied by an adult
A night of ‘Balkanistic Boogie Dance’ – The Baghdaddies never fail to entertain and will be supported by talented local youth band Arcanum.

When: Saturday 21st March, Kicks off at 2pm (Free)
Where: Jack Drum Arts, St Cuthbert’s Centre, Church Hill, Crook
Who: All ages
Please come and celebrate with the end of a brilliant 2 years of our Youth Music programme ‘Sounds Around the World’. Featuring performances from Hannabiell and Midnigh Blue, Runaway Samba, Arcanum, Crook Cree, Jackass Youth Theatre and our new Steel Pan Band led by Nik Alevroyiannis.


A new case study compiled by Middlesbrough based CIC Media Cultured, demonstrates how Middlesbrough FC is improving cultural awareness standards amongst its employees both on and off the pitch. The high flying championship team is taking an innovative approach to tackling racism and supporting social inclusion efforts to local schools, colleges and businesses in the Teesside region. In effect, the club is aptly developing its own workforce and at the same time fulfilling its social responsibility requirements. Although this process is in its early stages, by implementing this new strategy Middlesbrough FC is already setting a benchmark approach to many of its social inclusion and counter racism objectives. It is hoped that other organisations including Premier League teams, the Football League and the FA might want to follow suit.

Click here to download the case study >>>>

The Big Lottery Fund has awarded a £150 million endowment to the new charitable trust established to run the Power to Change. The Power to Change will be the largest grant-making foundation of its kind in Europe to launch in recent years, and will provide funding, support and inspiration to existing and new community businesses.

The Power to Change will help transform places and communities in partnership with local people. Support will be available to community businesses at every stage of their journey to help them become a successful and sustainable community business. The Power to Change will also gather evidence, promote learning and raise awareness of the social and economic improvements which are generated by community businesses.

This endowment coincides with the publication of a new report from Social Finance, which conducted an in depth analysis of the state of the community business sector. Researchers found that there are around 4,500 community businesses in England and Wales, with a combined income of £800 million a year and assets of £1 billion. These community businesses employ around 24,000 staff and engage nearly 120,000 volunteers. Read the report here >>>>

Backed by Trinity Mirror and the National Lottery, the charitable trust will be led by newly appointed Chief Executive, Vidhya Alakeson and Chaired by Richard Handover CBE DL. Read the latest story here >>>>

For more information about the Power to Change, click here >>>>

For information about the Big Lottery Fund, click here >>>>

You can also tweet support for this announcement and follow the conversation @peoplesbiz  #powertochange

The last two years have been extremely busy for Co-operative & Community Finance; they’ve supported several North East based co-ops including Alpha Communication, Newcastle Home Care Associates and Jazz.Coop.

The organisation is currently assessing the finance needs of its borrowers in order to gauge how best to support them over the next few years. Please click here to complete a short survey >>>>

All responses will be kept confidential.

Click here to find out more about Co-operative & Community Finance >>>>

In the opening weeks of 2015, the Employability Trust has already supported two young people into secure employment and put another through their forklift training programme.

The Employability Trust was set up by businessman Bill Marley to help young NEETs to gain the skills and training they need to get to the level industry employers look for. This is done through paid placements or practical experience and on projects outsourced to the trust by local companies.

The Trust boasts an impressive success rate, having supported 94 per cent of the young people who met the criteria of the destination employment programme into employment. So far in 2015, Craig Savage, 23, and Jonathan Phillips, 21, have found jobs while 19 year old Melissa Hammond has become the one of the first women in the North-East to complete fork-lift driver training.

Craig was unemployed for three years but this month started as a forklift truck instructor at The Employability Trust and is relishing the challenge. He said: “It’s brilliant to be starting work. I badly wanted to find a job and now I have. That is definitely down to the support I’ve had from the trust.”

Meanwhile Jonathan from Hartlepool joined the trust’s practical experience programme to regain confidence after struggling to find sustainable employment. He has now moved to the south coast where he’s found a job as a fisherman.

Chief Executive Bill Marley said:

It’s a fantastic start to an exciting year. We want to help as many young people in the region gain to the experience, confidence and skills they need to get into sustainable employment.

The Employability Trust also offers a range of commercial services and fully accredited forklift driver training at its base in East Durham.

Apprentice Melissa Hammond recently passed her fork-lift driver training at the trust and said she was delighted to have gained the qualification. She said: “I felt I had a point to prove as a woman doing the training, but I did it and I was happy that the hard work paid off.”

This post appeared first on the East Durham Employability Trust website >>>>

At the end of January, we were delighted to deliver our first Social Enterprise Academy style of learning and development in the North East.  This pilot Enterprising Leadership programme gave learners the opportunity to reflect on themselves, share experiences and discuss challenges they face as leaders within a thriving Third Sector. 

Based around the themes of leadership and entrepreneurship, this 2-day programme supported learners to develop key skills in co-coaching, leadership strengths, and managing a Social Enterprise, whilst strengthening their networks through a participative peer-learning experience.

86% of learners rated their overall experience to the highest standard, with the whole group expressing their wish to recommend it to others in a similar role.

The Enterprising Leadership programme is more than providing business support. It equips you, as a leader, with skills and techniques to help the social entrepreneur take their enterprise to the next level.

Martin Conway, Wansbeck CVS

With a 10 year track record in Scotland, Social Enterprise Academy are replicating their model internationally, enabling us to deliver adaptable learning and development programmes focused on leadership, enterprise, personal development and social impact for people and organisations enabling social change.  If you would like any further information please contact Marie Duguid: marie@theacademy-ssea.org

Marie Duguid is Business Development Officer at the Social Enterprise Academy

Marie joined the Academy in the Summer of 2014 to help drive sales and direct delivery of Social Enterprise Academy learning programmes in new territories across the UK and internationally. Her new role will provide business development support to the core team and new UK and international partners as the organisation continues to expand and replicate new Academy Hubs.

With a degree in Sociology and Social Anthropology, Marie has worked with various third sector organisations including start-up social enterprises, youth charities and a social investment funder. In 2013 Marie was a Project Manager for Raleigh International, carrying out community development work in Costa Rica and Nicaragua, and working with youth volunteers to develop their leadership skills with the most notable challenge being a 19 day trek across Costa Rica.

Originally from Aberdeen, Marie enjoys going to watch the football and rugby and loves being out in the great outdoors.

More info here >>>>


Because NESEP is a membership organisation covering a very large area, we’ve found that it has not always been possible to find a location and time for an AGM that suits all members.

We want this to change, so February 2015 will see NESEP’s first Digital AGM. Instead of holding an in-person meeting, we will conduct the entire process online. The online meeting will be open for several days, with participants able to drop in to take part in discussions when it is convenient for them.

Is this going to be complicated?

The process may be new, but it will be simple. The meeting will take place on a website called Loomio.org (which is run by a social enterprise), which will not require any special equipment or unusual digital skills. You won’t need a camera, a microphone, or even a particularly quick Internet connection to take part. We would say that if you can use email and perhaps post on Facebook, you’ll have no problems taking part in our Digital AGM.

What do I need to do now?

You can register to participate right now: just download and complete this registration form and email it to bob@nesep.co.uk. Also, keep an eye out for more emails from us: forthcoming emails will include instructions on how to participate in discussion, how to vote, and so on, as well as reminders to register!

Things will be a little different from a conventional AGM, but still, we hope, straightforward and common-sense. We’ll also give clear instructions on using the meeting website, and list some simple, sensible ground rules, to help keep everyone comfortable and happy to contribute.

In the meantime, if you’re interested in tabling motions already, or have any other questions about the process, give me an email at bob@nesep.co.uk.

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