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LINX awarded CAT Mark Award

We are proud to announce that we have just received Hampshire’s CAT MARK Award for our innovative LINX Programme.  The CAT MARK is a mark of quality, awarded by young people to organisations that have shown a commitment to providing a good quality service, which meets the needs of all young people.   It challenges organisations, and the people working in them, by embracing the value young people bring to improving services across Hampshire.

LINX is a 12 week programme aimed at building empathy, resilience and pro social behaviour. Successful in achieving national awards with the Howard League for Penal Reform and Young People Now, it has proven to be one of the most innovative programmes in the country, successfully working with over 2000 young people across youth offending teams and schools.  LINX was piloted and developed in consultation with young people who have been integral in shaping the programme.

We are thrilled that Youth Clubs, Hampshire and Isle of Wight (YCHIOW), an organisation that provides a wide range of services to support organisations in their work with young people, has acknowledged the success of LINX. This award provides a great source of pride and achievement for all those who strive to improve the lives of young people and strongly upholds the organisation ethos of valuing the contribution young people bring to service development.   Young people, aged 13 to 21 years, are those who understand the needs of young people and want to assess the services designed for them.  Assessors undertake training with YCHIOW and gain valuable skills in order to report strengths and weaknesses of organisations offering support for young people.  The CAT MARK Award has now become a standard for any organisation working with young people in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

LINX offers a unique approach in working with young people involved in risk taking behaviour by shifting the focus of impact to cause. Moving the spotlight away from behaviour and creating an honest dialogue with young people gives them the opportunity to process negative feelings associated with their current life style.  As a result LINX facilitators start to build trusting relationships with young people, making them more open to be challenged on behaviour, consequences and goals for their future. 

Jenna Mcgregor, Hampshire LINX Coordinator said “We are very excited to have received the CAT MARK Award for LINX. As a Practioner I feel an award carries more weight when assessed by the young people themselves and enjoyed the whole CAT MARK experience.   I have been running LINX for over three years and in that time I have worked with hundreds of young people across Hampshire. LINX deserves recognition and this award goes some way to achieving this. I have witnessed what this programme can do for young people and the changes and positive impacts that it makes.”

Find out more about our LINX Programme.