Community Development at Battle Hill & Linskill

A full and engaging programme for adults of all ages, with specific activities for people over 55. Share and learn new skills, meet new people and feel better whilst doing it. Working across the Linskill and Battle Hill Multi-Use Centres, North Tyneside

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Some of our key groups

Community Development

Funded through the Big Lottery’s Community Fund, Battle Hill and Linskill’s adult programme offers a wide range of online and in person sessions across both our sites with a focus is on reducing social isolation, increasing community engagement and improving a sense of wellbeing.

 

We work with exceptional local and regional partners which means we can offer high quality activities. Partners have included: Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, North Tyneside Art Studio, Remembering the Past and Kielder Observatory for example. Exercise classes and wellbeing activities delivered by local tutors and a growing cycling programme supported by Cycling UK promotes healthy lifestyles, whilst our Kellett funded engAGE programme provides social opportunities and encourages skill-sharing for our older adult community.

Many activities are FREE, whilst others are low costs or are subsided to enable everyone to take part. Most groups run weekly or monthly, with one-off’s, tasters and larger social gatherings programmed throughout the year. Volunteers give tremendous amounts of time to help make many activities possible and run smoothly, which is much valued and appreciated.

EngAGE

EngAGE invites participation by those aged 55+. Based at the Linskill Centre, engAGE runs a programme of weekly, monthly and ad-hoc social activities; bringing our older community together to socialise, find friendships, share interests and generally have a good time. Some sessions run weekly – from The Woollies craft group to Tai Chi or Linskill Scribbler’s creative writing sessions, whilst the likes of Art Appreciation, Page Turners Book Club or The Film Club are monthly get togethers. From self-run, shared interest groups to tutored sessions; there’s plenty to get involved in, but if what you want to do isn’t on the menu, then get involved in engAGE and help make it happen.

The Shed

Funded by North Tyneside CCG, we recently converted a disused garage into a Men’s Community Shed where the focus is on improving the health and wellbeing of men in North Tyneside.

The first of its kind in North Tyneside to be registered with Men’s Shed UK, The Shed is somewhere for men to meet, socialise, skill-share and take part in creative, mending and upcycling woodwork activities. The emphasis is on encouraging community involvement by older, bereaved, retired, veterans or carers, those socially isolated or in health recovery. Whilst men are encouraged as main beneficiaries of The Shed, women are also very welcome.

The Shed has been up and running since October 2021, is supported by a part-time Technician/Project Worker, but is essentially run by volunteer Shedders who have fitted out the space and equipped it with tools and equipment for community use.

To book a place and get involved contact:

Linskill Riders – Community Cycling Group

In April 2021 the Linskill Riders became a Cycling UK Community Cycling Group. Our friendly, social group have regular rides departing from various North Tyneside locations throughout March – October. We keep our ride participant numbers low to ensure an enjoyable ride for everyone and there is always a coffee stop!

 

We have also benefited from Cycling UK’s Big Bike Revival funding and offer free Dr Bike, bike fit, maintenance classes and skills sessions throughout the year.

To learn more about the Linskill Riders please email community.development@linskill.org and ask to be added to the mailing list (or preferably straight to Grapevine newsletter with the Linskill Riders option).

We also have a Cycling UK page which you can find here