The Link Family and Community Centre

The Link Family and Community Centre

Charity information

The Link Family and Community Centre

The Link is an independent Christian-ethos community development organisation working primarily with adults addicted to alcohol and drugs and marginalised young people.

Founded 1997

  • Mission statement

    The Mission of The Link is to engage with people and communities marginalised by addictions, anti-social behaviour and issues of poverty. As a result it is our vision is to see vibrant connected communities where people on the margins become the centre of attention, influence, and power in North Down and Ards. Motivated by Christian faith, it is our mission to love, serve and encourage individuals to ensure they have every opportunity to reach their full potential.

    We plan to
    • be recognised as a trusted provider of care and support services delivered by a highly skilled team of staff and volunteers;
    • be a centre of excellence for the training, development and engagement of volunteers;
    • be an active partner in social and economic regeneration;
    • be a resource and inspiration for others seeking to express their faith through practical actions;
    • actively engage with feedback from individuals and other stakeholders;
    • be known as a place where people are loved, valued and supported, regardless of background or circumstance;
    • be regarded as a source of hope to individuals, organisations and communities;
    • be seen as a true expression of Christian faith.

  • Aims

    The Link Family and Community Centre aims to:

    • 1. Supporting People with Addictions The MARC Project provides a lifeline supporting people who are experiencing challenges as a result of dependency on alcohol and / or other substance abuse.
    • 2. Empowering Young People Project 23 engages with young people at risk of engaging in crime, antisocial behaviour or alcohol/substance dependency by providing positive, life-building programmes.
    • 3. Valuing the Contribution of Older People Our Seniors Project values the contribution of older people through programmes and activities that address isolation and social depreviation.
    • 4. Supporting Diversity in the Community ESOL English class connecting with services, advocacy and supporting requests from ethnic minority students
    • 5. Towards a Sustainable Future TheMARC IT shop provides opportunities for MARC clients to develop life skills through work experience and profits financially support the Link's work.
  • Overview

    Established: May 1997

    Board members: 7

    Full time staff: 8

    Part time staff: 6

    Volunteers: 60

    Phone number: 02891821124

    Address: 10 West Street Newtownards Co Down BT23 4EN

  • Project 23

    Working with 'at risk' young people has been an integral part of the work of The Link Fami... More