Linskill surpasses its Active Summer Challenge

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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.

The team challenge was to virtually cover ‘Lejog’, essentially from Land’s End to John O’Groats (1,198 miles), via a range of activities including walking, cycling, swimming, running, skating and many more. It was not about how far you walked, or how often you cycled, it was about being involved and being part of a collective effort. The initial target was smashed during the first week with over 70 people registering for the challenge and logging their activities. The North Sea Coast was set as the next team challenge along with mini weekly competitions to recognise achievements and motivate others to participate.

At the end of the Active Summer Challenge 7,499 miles were recorded, 849 logged activities and 47 regular participants succeeded in covering the original Lejog, the North Sea Cycle Route and back down and up the UK again. Personal achievements were recognised throughout the challenge with certificates and knitted novelty prizes from Linskill’s Woollies craft group, new friendships evolved and more importantly commitments were made to staying active.

To find out more about engAGE (55+) and Encompass activities email , or

Opening Hours at Linskill

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Please note the Linskill Centre’s opening hours are now:

Monday-Thursday: 8am to 9pm
Friday: 8am to 5pm
Saturday: 8.30am to 5pm
Sunday: closed

*Cafe 32 is open Monday to Friday from 8am-4pm.
*Linskill Nursery is open Monday to Friday from 7.30am-6pm
For any enquiries call 0191 257 8000 or email

Navigating Life in North Tyneside During COVID-19

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VODA and North Tyneside Council have worked together to produce Navigating Life in North Tyneside During COVID-19 magazine, to help local people navigate the changing landscape in North Tyneside.

To find out more visit… with details about the COVID-19 Support Hub, what do to if you are ill, what to expect when visiting the doctors, looking after your health and your mental wellbeing, including a guide to useful services in North Tyneside. 

Support from The National Lottery Community Fund

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Funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund, has helped the Linskill Centre to continue the delivery of community activities and services in North Tyneside. Thanks to the Government for making this possible.

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Cafe 32 opens on Monday 7th September

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Great news as the team at Cafe 32 look forward to welcoming you back on Monday 7th September. However, things will be a little different to comply with new guidelines and keep staff and visitors safe.

Firstly, there will be table service in operation and visitors will wait to be seated by our team, along with a track and trace system. The seating layout is more spacious to allow for social distancing and a revised menu will be available.

Cafe 32’s new opening hours are Monday to Friday from 8am-4pm.

Free Dr Bike sessions at Linskill and Battle Hill

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The Trust has received funding from We Are Cycling UK to run Dr Bike sessions at the Linskill Centre and Battle Hill Multi-Use Centre. If you would like to get a free 30 minute service and safety check you must book via the links below (restricted places numbers to comply with government guidelines):

27th August at Linskill
1st September Battle Hill.

Sessions are running regularly through September and October, so do not worry if you do not get booked straight away… there will be more sessions available.

Email or for more information.

Book donations no longer accepted

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Big thanks to those who have brought in books for our Book Fair (which was postponed due to the pandemic) and we appreciate the support, but unfortunately our stores are now full to capacity and we cannot accept anymore donations until further notice.

Thank you for your co-operation.

New guidelines for visitors to Linskill

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Following government guidelines as from Monday 10th August face coverings will be required when you are in any communal area of the Linskill Centre, the meeting rooms and halls are currently exempt and will be managed by class/group leaders discretion (anyone with a health condition are also exempt).  Additional social distancing measures are in place throughout the centre for your safety, including sanitiser stations and a one way system.

If you have any questions please ask at reception on arrival or call 0191 257 8000.

Thank you for your co-operation.

Community Matters

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Like many other charities and organisations the Trust has found the last four months particularly difficult, with core revenue streams ceased the team has been sourcing alternative funding to help sustain the Linskill Centre and its community activities. Linskill reopened yesterday and the Trust would like to thank Virgin Money Foundation, Power to Change, RW Mann Trust and North Shields Rotary Club for recent grants and donations to help support the ongoing work of the charity.