Community hubs · Linskill Terrace, North Shields, NE30 2AY
Community owned Part of the Community Assets Exchange
What and where?
The Linskill and North Tyneside Community Development Trust is an independent registered charity and company limited by guarantee, established in July 2003 to complete a community asset transfer of the Linskill Centre (North Shields) from North Tyneside Council. The centre had been saved from demolition by a community campaign and following the completion of the asset transfer in 2006 it has been successfully developed by the Trust into a thriving community facility serving the people of North Tyneside.
The Linskill Centre is home to a nursery, café, office space and various meeting spaces for the benefit of the local community rooms, with all surpluses being reinvested into the centre. Employing local staff the centre attracts well over 10,000 visitors per month through weekly activities, events, volunteer, community development and family programmes. The age range of people accessing and using services at Linskill ranges from 6 weeks right through to our older community .
The Trust has now taken over the management of Battle Hill Multi-Use Centre (Wallsend) and Royal Quays Community Centre (Royal Quays) so extending our reach within North Tyneside. Using a hub and spoke model the plan is to include both centres in the future roll out of community and family programme activities, as and when funding is secured, enabling more people to access much needed services within their own community.
The Trust is all about creating opportunities for our community and enabling access for all at all of our centres. Key themes underpin all of our activities including: support, skills development, learning, health & wellbeing and social inclusion. Our community and family development programmes are continually delivering projects and activities, as identified by our community as needed, and some of the latest projects on the board that require funding include:
- Kid’s club for children with additional needs
- Sensory Room for under 5’s
- Thriver’s Group (self-run peer support group for women on the road to recovery from domestic abuse)
- Shedders project for men aged 40 plus (identified as a high risk group)
- Disabled access to garden areas
- Continuation and expansion of engAGE (55+) and Encompass (18-80 years) activities (Woollies, Scribblers, Digital Champions etc)
The Trust is focused on its vision of creating self-sustaining community hubs for all generations within North Tyneside and through partnerships and support will continue to deliver a range of activities and services to serve its community and meet identified needs.
Nominated by Linskill and North Tyneside Community Development Trust on Tuesday 25 June 2019