The Trust is delighted that the Sensory Room at the Linskill Centre has been chosen for the next round of the Co-op Local Community Fund. This means Co-op Members can choose the cause to give their 1% to when they spend on selected own-brand products and services and this could be the Linskill Centre. To find out more about the Co-op Local Community Fund click here or visit the website pages and view the 360 image of the Sensory Room.
Tyneside Winter Wonderland is back for a third year of festive family fun over three days!
Friday 30th November (3-6pm)
Winter Wonderland will open on Friday 30th November from 3-6pm with fairground rides, *Children’s Christmas Party (4.30-6.30pm) and the ever popular Yuletide Tipi (see below).
Saturday 1st (11am-5pm) and Sunday 2nd December (11am-4pm)
Over the weekend there will be a family-orientated fun programme including *Santa’s Grotto and an Elves Workshop, featuring festive crafts.
The Festive Farm Yard is open on Saturday and Sunday featuring sheep, geese, goats and smaller fluffy animals, so the children can see them up close and learn all about them from their handlers.
Christmas Stalls – there will be an array of festive stalls in Trevelyan Hall over the Saturday and Sunday from crafts, food, gifts, clothing to travel ideas.
Entertainment in the form of singing, music and dance performances from local groups (see below).
Linskill is supporting Show Racism the Red Card’s annual ‘Wear Red Day’ by encouraging staff, tenants and visitors to wear something red and make a donation. Wear Red Day will take place on Friday 19th October and it is a national day of action to encourage schools, businesses & individuals to wear red and donate £1 to help facilitate the delivery of anti-racism education for young people & adults throughout England, Scotland & Wales. For just £5, Show Racism the Red Card can educate one child for a whole day and every penny raised during WRD enables the campaign to work with more young people and adults across the UK to challenge racism in society.
The engAGE programme at Linskill is supporting the Age Takes Centre Stage 2018 with a series of events organised for during October. There will be a celebration of National Poetry Day on Thursday October 4th at 11am with local poet Harry Gallagher (Northern Lights) who will be performing a selection of his work (£3 entry). Fire Safety in the Home is a free information session with Tyne and Wear Fire Service on Tuesday 9th October from 1-2pm. For more information on the programme please click here.
Thanks to all of our community for the support and generosity shown for Fit for Frank. You can see from the images it was a great day with everyone getting involved to raise funds for Frank’s Fight against Neuroblastoma. We have collected and counted the sponsorship money and donations and delighted to confirm to date we have raised £2,186 for Frank’s Fight against Neuroblastoma. A big thank you to all of our community for a great effort.
The popular Linskill Chase returns on Saturday 27th October with a new route around the haunted school and promises to be the scariest yet. For one night only the Linskill will be divided into four themed zones, each more terrifying than the last and inhabited with clowns and zombies, so you won’t know what is around each darkened corner.
The evening is split into thirty minute sessions, starting at 6pm and running through to midnight for the final run. Linskill Chase tickets are now on sale priced £7.95 and available from reception or online through Eventbrite (search for Linskill 2018 and please note a booking fee will apply).
Our first ever fitness fundraiser on Wednesday 26th September is designed for the community to try new activities, get active and show support for Franks Fight against Neuroblastoma, by raising funds for pioneering treatment in the USA to help prevent relapse of Neuroblastoma. Frank attends our nursery and having been diagnosed in February 2018 with high risk Neuroblastoma, a rare and aggressive cancer, he is responding well to the very invasive treatment. Frank still has a lot more treatment to go including radiotherapy and immunotherapy. Neuroblastoma has a high relapse rate and £200k is required so that Frank can receive pioneering treatment in America, which is designed to stop the cancer returning. Read More
Bring your favourite teddy bear and picnic blanket and join the Teddys Bear Picnic at the Linskill Centre on Saturday 15th September, starting at 10.30am until 12.30pm. This fun event for children under 5 years of age will start with singing and dancing, teddy bear trail around the centre, arts and crafts, face painting and a special teddy bear packed-lunch to share with new found friends. A Teddy Bear Hospital will be available for those well-loved and used teddy bears that may be in need of some running repairs including small tears, new eye or an ear stitching back on – so the bears can be returned to their owners as good as new.
For more information or to buy tickets (£7.50 including packed lunch) ask at reception or call 0191 257 8000.
The sun is shining, the holidays are approaching and the Linskill Summer Fete promises to be a fun-filled family day with games, bouncy castle, stalls, music and a range of activities and entertainment for all ages and interests. The theme this year is very much ‘community’ with home grown talent, groups and Linskill tenants getting involved to showcase their skills and abilities at the Linskill Centre on Saturday 21st July from 10am to 3pm, with free entry.
Running throughout the day there will be traditional garden and fete games for the whole family to enjoy, stalls to visit, bouncy castle and craft room, face painting, outdoor spaces to explore, taster sessions to try new skills or simply listen and enjoy music from aspiring local artists and buskers.
In February 2017 the engAGE programme, a three year project with Kellett funding, was launched at the Linskill Centre with the aim of creating opportunities for people aged 55+ to share and learn new skills, whilst meeting new people. Nearly eighteen months later over 300 people from the North East have participated within activities and taster sessions, resulting in the engAGE programme going from strength to strength as the word gets out.
Charlotte Mulvaney, Older Community Project Lead commented, “engAGE is a unique user-led programme where the member’s forum identify decide on the activities they want to experience as a group or identify places they would like to visit. My role is to then facilitate these activities and encourage participation from existing members and encourage new attendees. This formula works well as many of the taster sessions, like tai chi and floristry, have proved so popular they have gone on to develop into regular self-funded classes. The ethos of engAGE is simply to come along, try an activity and meet new people – if you like it then come back, if not suggest a different activity as we are always open to suggestions.”