Linskill and North Tyneside Community Development Trust was set up in 2003 as a not for profit company limited by guarantee (04827255) and has since become a registered charity (1119143).
The Trust was formed to develop and manage the Linskill Centre with the aim of turning it into a successful, self-sustaining centre, providing the community with somewhere they can come to learn, relax and engage in activities.
The Trust completed a community asset transfer of the centre in April 2006, agreeing a 30 year peppercorn lease with North Tyneside Council.
Gradually over time, the Trust has invested in the Linskill Centre, securing capital grants and fundraising to improve the facilities at the centre. Also, by securing a five year revenue grant from the Big Lottery Fund, the Trust was able to fund key staffing posts to help develop the activities and services provided by the centre.
The Linskill Centre today is now a thriving community centre with 120,000 visits from the North Tyneside community per year.
The Centre has:
20 permanent tenants hiring space within the centre
54 casual user groups who offer activities and classes on a weekly basis
A community cafe open seven days a week, providing affordable and healthy food
Linskill Nursery - offering affordable and flexible full day childcare
An events department providing large scale events for the community to attend.
The Trust is nearing 100% financial sustainability by maximising the income generation techniques above and this will allow the organisation to become less grant funded reliant and more financially secure for future generations to benefit from the centre.
To create opportunities for the benefit of the communities we serve
Our communities will have positive and inclusive engagement within their community facilities
We will push ourselves to be best practice and achieve more and become a leader in our fields.
We will listen to the views and needs of our community, incorporate these into planning and feedback.
We will consider the impact of the work we do, ensuring it compliments others yet achieves best standards.
We will be quick to act and make the most of an opportunity or to address a need.
We will respond to changing needs and priorities to ensure we are resilient for the future.
Improving Our Facilities
We will secure investment into our community facilities to ensure they become go to destinations that meet the expectations of today. They will have facilities with high standards throughout and provide flexible booking spaces to accommodate a wide range of clients.
Growing Strong Community Businesses
We will grow our community businesses to become leaders in the fields of events, catering and conference hire with well recognised brands. Our community businesses will diversify their income streams to ensure they become robust businesses that can support our trading arm.
Responding to Community Need
We will develop and deliver a range of community development projects focussed on addressing community need. The strands will complement existing provision and aim to deliver in partnership with others in North Tyneside and will focus on Older People, Employability, Adult Learning, Health and Wellbeing and Children and Families.
Extending Our Reach and Asset Base
We will expand our asset base and establish a hub and spoke model for both community facilities and Linskill Nursery. This will extend our reach across North Tyneside.
Developing a Strong and Sustainable Organisation
We will be an enterprising, sustainable and well connected organisation who is seen as one of the lead organisations in North Tyneside. The Trust will strive to achieve high quality social impact and standards and establish best practice governance with clear accountability.