Forest School is coming to Linskill

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Linskill Nursery in North Shields is expanding its curriculum activities with the introduction of an outdoor, nature based learning programme this September. Forest School focuses on the all-round development of children with proven health and well-being benefits and following funding from the Wellesley Trust the nursery’s pre-school children (3-5 years) will have the opportunity to take part in weekly sessions at the nearby Northumberland Park. An Education Warden will deliver activities using the outdoor environment to develop skills whilst learning about flora, fauna and the natural environment.

For more information on Linskill Nursery and Forest School call 0191 270 4243.

Linskill Summer Raffle

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A big thank you to the companies who have generously donated prizes to this year’s Summer Raffle: Sage Wealth Management, Emirates, Copthorne Hotel, Not Just Travel, The Lakes Distillery and Aromatherapy with Sheila Clark. Some great prizes to be won in our Summer Raffle this year – tickets are available from Reception or  Cafe 32.

The Raffle will be drawn on Thursday 1st August and all proceeds raised from the Summer Raffle will be reinvested into the centre and its community activities. Show your support and be lucky!

See below for raffle prize details

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Google Digital Garage Bus is coming to Linskill

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Linskill is very excited to be partnering up with the Google Digital Garage Bus tour – providing opportunities for anyone to come and learn how to harness the power of the internet to grow their business, learn more about the internet, or develop new vocational skills. The Google Digital Garage Bus will next stop at Linskill on Thursday 13th June from 9am to 4pm.

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Directors required for Linskill Board

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Directors required for Charity Board – we are looking for motivated and committed volunteers to join our existing Board to strengthen the support to the senior management team, in realising our charitable objectives, strategic priorities and gaining financial means to deliver the work that we are passionate about.

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Children’s Writing Competition

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This year’s Linskill Book Fair will incorporate a children’s writing competition for 7-11 year olds with certificates for all entries and prizes to be won. Organised by the Scribblers, a creative writing group at Linskill, children are requested to submit their seaside adventure stories for consideration – see below for how to enter.

  • Topic: seaside adventures (200 words maximum)
  • Age: 7-11 years
  • Entries: can be typed or handwritten and emailed to charlotte@linskill.org or entries can be printed off and brought into the Book Fair during the event weekend (remember to put your name, age and contact details on your entry).
  • Ten entries will be shortlisted and included in the next Scribblers book (publication set for Autumn).
  • Three overall winners will be selected and receive a prize.
  • Please note all entrants will receive a certificate.
  • Closing date: Monday 20th May at 5pm.

Any queries or for more information please email charlotte@linskill.org

Book Fair – recognise a photograph?

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Every year when our volunteers start checking and collating books for the Book Fair, they inevitably find a range of photographs that have been inserted into the pages of books, possibly used as bookmarks or put there for safe-keeping and then forgotten about. Our volunteer team are keen to return these photographs to their rightful owners as they appreciate many photographs reflect key moments in time and may hold fond memories for their owners or family members.

Using the power of social media we are hoping the photos in this gallery will be recognised – so if any of the above images belong to you please email claireh@linskill.org.

Sensory Room bags a community grant

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A big thank you to everyone who took the opportunity to vote for Linskill through the Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme and the Trust is delighted to confirm the Sensory Room has been awarded a community grant of £4,000. The grant will be used for the purchase of new interactive multi-sensory resources to enhance the room and child’s experience. The Sensory Room (suitable for under 5’s) is available for private hire – visit https://linskill.org/sensory-room or call 0191 257 8000 for more information.

Make Christmas Special 2018

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Hundreds of gifts were donated at Linskill for Make Christmas Special 2018 and on Wednesday our volunteers spent the morning wrapping and labelling over 250 presents, ready for distribution on Christmas Day at five centres throughout North Tyneside. It has been a great community effort and the Trust would like to thank all those who donated, our volunteers and North Tyneside Art Studio who produced and donated hand made glassware.