About Us

… a place to learn, engage and belong

Linskill and North Tyneside Community Development Trust

The Linskill and North Tyneside Community Development Trust is an independent registered charity and company limited by guarantee. The Trust was established in July 2003 to complete a community asset transfer of the Linskill Centre (North Shields) from North Tyneside Council. The centre was due to be demolished by the Council, resulting in the formation of a community campaign to save it. The Trust completed the asset transfer in April 2006 and has successfully developed it into a thriving community facility serving the communities of North Tyneside. One of the largest asset transfers in the country and the only asset transfer in North Tyneside, the Linskill Centre is considered a regional success story.

The Trust has successfully converted the centre into a financially self-sustainable community facility. Capital investment has been gradually secured to improve the facilities and the centre has recently undergone a major refurbishment in 2017 (click here to for more information on the Big Build Project). The Trust operates a number of community businesses at the centre under Linskill Trading Ltd. These services are for the benefit of the local community with all surpluses being reinvested into the centre and its community activities.

The Trust now manages two other satellite sites at Battle Hill Multi-Use Centre and Royal Quays Community Centre, with the objective of rejuvenating these centres and extending its reach into North Tyneside.

Corporate Mission and Strategy

There are five core objectives underpinning our Five Year Plan and to find out please download a copy of our Corporate Strategy.

  • Improving Our Facilities
  • Growing Strong Community Businesses
  • Responding to Community Need
  • Extending Our Reach and Asset Base
  • Developing a Strong and Sustainable Organisation

Annual Review 2020/21

The Trust’s Annual Review for 2020/21 is available providing a summary and reflection of key developments, performance and achievements.


Reinvest in your Community

All proceeds raised by the Trust’s commercial activities are reinvested into the Linskill Centre and its community activities programme. In reality, every pound you spend at Linskill whether buying a coffee, attending a class, or booking a room contributes to the running costs of the centre and development of community activities.


Linskill Centre

The Linskill Centre is a thriving community facility in North Shields providing a place to learn, relax and engage in activities. The Trust employs over 60 people working in various roles within the Linskill Centre ranging from administration, finance, marketing, community development, catering, maintenance to the nursery.

The Linskill attracts over 160,000 visitors per year through its community groups, tenants, weekly activities programme, nursery, events and cafe. Within the centre you will find an Ofsted registered nursery for 76 children, new commercial kitchen and cafe, two large halls and licensed bar, 10 meeting rooms and 20 permanent tenants based at the centre, offering support services across North Tyneside.