Being more environmentally aware and reducing its carbon footprint were identified as priorities by the Linskill and North Tyneside Community Development Trust, to future-proof its centres and ensure the continued provision of community programmes and activities in North Tyneside.
During lockdown the engAGE Woollies made a real effort to keep in contact through weekly ZOOM sessions and came up with an idea for a joint project called ‘Linskill in Wool’. The volunteers identified a particular community activity held at the Linskill Centre and recreated in a crochet or knitted 6″ square. Then the Shedders volunteers showcased their engineering skills and mounted the finished artwork on the wall opposite the sensory garden, where there is lots of space for socially distanced viewing.
The Trust is delighted to have been selected as one of the ten winners of an Ecclesiastical ‘Movement for Good’ £50k Award. The financial impact of Covid-19 resulted in the Trust mothballing a capital investment project to transform a dated and under-utilised IT suite into a serviced social space, meeting the needs of our community and activity programmes.
The Community Development team at the Linskill and North Tyneside Community Development Trust launched the Active Summer Challenge in July, to encourage people from North Tyneside to get active and have some fun in the process. Over six weeks members of the engAGE (55+) and Encompass programmes at the Linskill and Battle Hill centres were invited, along with the wider community, to join the Linskill team and get active.