About Community Links
We are an innovative east London charity, running a wide range of community projects for 16,000 people every year. Based in Newham, we have over 30 years of experience working with local people to support children, young people, adults and families. Through our national work, we share lessons with government and community groups across the country to achieve social change.
Through working with other departments in the parent charity we are able to offer enhanced services to students and families, in particular -
The Families Programme is a free service to help you and your family create a better future for yourselves. We will help you and your family to access opportunities including:
• Your own dedicated Family Advisor
• Finding a job that’s right for you
• Access to training to help you gain new skills and qualifications
• Debt advice and support
• Health & well-being support
• Help to resolve a range of housing issues
• Support with childcare
Urban Futures is a youth project designed to engage, motivate and enable young people aged 14-19 to stay in education, employment or training. It consists of tailored activities, mentoring support, skills training, financial and social incentives, and health, fitness and outdoor activities.
Future Links - For young people not in employment, education or training our 10 week Future Links course results in most participants getting an apprenticeship or a job. For 18-24 year olds our information, advice and guidance service will support them to make informed choices about their future direction.
Outdoors in the City - The Brede Arkless Outdoors in the City Centre is a unique facility offering the thrills, challenges and excitement of the great outdoors in inner city Newham. It forms a key component of the sports curriculum for Education Links, and can be hired by schools and companies.
Our Community Hubs
Our Community Hubs are based around the borough, and are open to everyone in the area - families, children, older people, young people.
All our Community Hubs provide a whole range of activities for children and families, many of them run by other community members. We also run two paid-for care schemes, and two free 'open access' play schemes around the borough.
For young people
We run youth clubs at all our Community Hubs, all over Newham. We provide advice and help with getting a job, both in Newham and Tower Hamlets. And we run sports sessions around Newham, some within our Youth clubs and some separate.
Advice - Struggling with housing, debt, or benefit issues? Our advice sessions run every week and are free to people on low incomes.
Support finding a job - We can offer all kinds of support to help find a job, from work placements to training courses, to advice.
Activities for older people - We run weekly clubs for older people, and provide specialist support.
“Sharing Experience from the Ground Up”
Community Links also pioneers new ideas and new ways of working locally and shares the learning nationally with practitioners and policy makers. Through our LinksUK national policy team, our evidence-based research and policy; campaigning, events, consultancy, and publications all share our experience from the ground up. As a result, we are recognised as national leaders in regeneration and social policy.
Our Consultancy and Training services are grounded in over 30 years of delivering community-based projects in East London. We share our learning by providing practitioner-led research and evaluation, organisational development, community engagement and bespoke skills training services. Our previous projects range from programme evaluation training for community schools, policy development on the delivery of evidence-based early years interventions, to model design of community engagement programmes with clients such as Specialist Schools & Academy Trust, the GLA, and Mayors Fund for London.
Since 2003, our consultancy service has worked with over 100 organisations across the UK helping communities achieve their own potentials through capacity building, knowledge development, and community engagement. We share our expertise, experience, and network through a participatory skills-building approach so that we leave behind an enabled and self-sustaining community.