How we know it works

Leading Link makes a real difference in maximising the potential of young people across North East England - but do not just take our word for it! 

Here is what some of the young people that we have worked with, schools and figureheads of the community have had to say about the work that we do:


"Leading Link has dramatically changed my life."

Matthew Fenwick, Youth Ambassador.

“Leading Link has allowed me to broaden my horizons, not only as a Youth Ambassador, but as a person in general. The skills that I have gained are something that you cannot get from learning, alone." 

"Thank you, Lyn, Jonny, Julie and everyone at Leading Link for such an amazing organisation that makes a real difference to young peoples lives.”

Emily Wallace, Youth Ambassador.



“The opportunities and experiences which our students access through our collaboration with Leading Link massively enrich their education and allow them to develop key characteristics in a wide range of settings."

"It is a privilege to work with such a dynamic and innovative organisation and it is reassuring to know that Leading Link are as passionate about enabling our students to fulfil their potential as we are.”

Ryan Smailes, Ast. Headteacher St Benet Biscop High School.



“The National Citizen Service partnership that has been developed between Leading Link and Northumberland County Council over the last four years has been exceptionally productive, the work has generated in excess of 1 million pounds for young people’s programmes within Northumberland and created hundreds of volunteering and social action opportunities for young people to further develop social skills, build resilience and improve their employment prospects."

"The project work has also developed a real community spirit between young people on the programmes and members of the community. This has been achieved by hard work and perseverance from the Leading team. Working with Leading Link has been a very positive experience and we plan to continue this into the foreseeable future.”

Paul Kirkpatrick, Participation and Positive Activities Manager, Northumberland County Council.

"Pinwheel had the pleasure of working with Leading Link on two projects in 2014.  We were bowled over by the enthusiasm, commitment and hard work of the staff and by the strong leadership, undaunted by all the eccentric things we threw at them. "

"The young people we worked with were confident, articulate and incredibly creative, all qualities which were clearly nurtured through their involvement with Leading Link."

"Beyond all that, there's something special about this organisation - difficult to put your finger on, but apparent as soon as you walk through the doors of the Lodge.  It was a joy to be welcomed into that world."

Katy Fuller, Creative Producer
“Young people and staff at Leading Link are full of energy and creative ideas. We have loved working with them to realise some of these ideas through the Enchanted Parks and Search for Fire projects in 2014."

"We look forward to future projects which continue to increase opportunities to take part in the arts, and which utilise the creative potential of their young people.”

Rachel Adam, Project Director bait.



"Over the years, I have attended numerous successful events organised and delivered by Leading Link."

"I have nothing but praise for Lyn Horton and her team - their commitment and planning and organisational skills are excellent."

Ian Lavery, MP for Wansbeck

"The work that Leading Link has always done brings young people and the community together with the focus on local projects that everyone in the area can benefit from."

"In an area of challenging social needs, projects like this enable young people to have an outlet that both challenges and encourages them that they may not otherwise have."

Ian Arkle, Editor News Post Leader
We are constantly updating our Case Studies and looking for new ways to tell everyone about all of the amazing things that young people on our projects get up to - if you have been involved and want to shout about it then get in touch!
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