Big Issue founder John Bird has been spending time with a social enterprise that supports children and families struggling with mental ill health.
Lord Bird was joined by financial inclusion minister Guy Opperman as the pair toured The Link in Redcar to learn more about the organisation’s work in the community.
The Link, which is part-funded by Big Issue Invest, was formed in 2011 and works across Redcar and Cleveland – a borough that’s in the top 10 per cent for deprivation in England.
The children have loved their sessions and got so much from them
It works with more than 900 children and their families every year, offering therapeutic services, activities, training and events. The youngsters are from deprived backgrounds and have been assessed as having a range of complex needs.
One parent said involved with the organisation said: “From first being in touch with The Link everyone has been amazing and helped my family so much. The children have loved their sessions and got so much from them. I am so pleased that The Link have been able to help my situation so much.”
After the visit, Lord Bird said: “It has been fantastic to meet the team here at The Link and see first-hand how Big Issue Invest has been able to support families in Redcar and Cleveland suffering from the terrible effects of mental health issues.