Glasgow charity Linkes as part of the BBC Children in Need financial boost

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A KNIGHTSWOOD charity received an ‘incredible’ three-year lifeline thanks to a boost of almost £ 100,000.

Linkes, who is based in the high-rise buildings of Lincoln Avenue, received a three-year grant from the BBC Children in Need.

The charity received massive funding of £ 97,500 – the highest of any Glasgow group awarded this year – as part of the initiative’s over £ 330,000 donation to groups supporting children and children. disadvantaged young people in the city.

Heather McGill-Crawford, the charity’s child and youth development worker, said the money would allow staff to focus on the children rather than the need for funding.

She said: “It’s great to get money for children in need because it means we know exactly what we are doing for the next three years.

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“It allows us to work with around 600 kids a year and it can be a busy year, so having that money just allows us to relax and play with the kids rather than worrying about where the next funding will come from.”

The charity hosts summer sessions, after-school clubs, and lunchtime events at area schools.

After 18 difficult months of trying to engage their young people through Zoom, the money allowed the group to finally organize some fun outdoor activities, now the restrictions are starting to ease.

The young people have so far participated in a tree climbing event while day trips are also planned to Glasgow Green and Calderglen Country Park.

Each week, kids also gather at Corpus Christi Primary for fun activity sessions on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

“It allows them to get out of the house and have fun,” Heather said.

“We do a lot of arts and crafts, there is sports, they basically do what they love and we are there if they need us.

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“They love the freedom they have with us and, the good thing is that we are based in the apartments, so even when we are not in session they still see us and can come and chat whenever they want.”

Elaine Connelly, Senior Community Development Officer at Linkes, added: “As a community-led project, our main goal is to provide learning and wellness opportunities for all members of the local community, including including children, youth and families who may need this extra support. .

“Our sessions promote community inclusion and long-term integration and increase the well-being of children and youth.”

Over the past year, BBC Children in Need has launched two appeals to help make a difference for underprivileged children and young people whose lives have been made even more difficult by the pandemic.

Simon Antrobus, CEO of BBC Children in Need, said: “After a year of immense challenges and uncertainties, we are proud to award funding to local projects that will provide a lifeline and help children and children. disadvantaged youth to navigate through the lasting impact of the pandemic.

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“At a time when children and young people need us most, thank you to our amazing supporters without whom none of these rewards would be possible. ”

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