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Local Links

These are helpful local community organisations. If you would like your organisation listed here, just get in touch.


With a dedication to the restoration and maintenance of historic vessels, the North East Maritime Trust safeguards tangible relics of the past and fosters an enduring connection between the present day and the maritime legacy that has shaped the identity of the region.

This initiative is a poignant tribute to the resilience and contributions of generations of fishermen who have braved the tempestuous North Sea in pursuit of their livelihoods. Established with a passion for preserving and sharing the rich history of the local fishing community, the project encapsulates the stories, traditions, and challenges faced by North Shields fishermen throughout the years.

The Ocean Youth Trust empowers young individuals through the transformative experience of sailing. Established with a vision to instill confidence, resilience, leadership, responsibility and teamwork in the younger generation, OYT has been sailing the seas since its inception in 1960.

Established in the 1860s, the Brigade comprises dedicated volunteers who are ready to brave the elements at a moment’s notice in responding to distress call and conducting rescues, serving as a symbol of resilience and courage.

Founded in 1824, the RNLI are tirelessly dedicated to saving lives and preventing tragedies along the coasts of the United Kingdom and Ireland. With a fleet of lifeboats crewed by highly trained and dedicated volunteers, the RNLI operates on a 24/7 basis, responding to a myriad of emergencies, from shipwrecks to individuals in distress.

North East England Fishermen’s Mission

The North Shields service of this institution was founded by local fishing magnate, Richard Irivin, in the late 19th century. It has been an unwavering source of aid, welfare, support and compassion to the local fishing community ever since.


This organisation has become a cornerstone of local engagement and support. Through a range of programs and services, Meadow Well Connected addresses the needs of the community, from health and education to social inclusion and employment opportunities.

The Linskill Centre is an inclusive community hub in North Shields. The center offers a range of services and activities from educational programs and fitness classes to cultural events and community initiatives.

Whitley Bay Big Local strives to create lasting positive change through a variety of projects, ranging from community events and environmental initiatives to support for local businesses.

East End Youth & Community Centre

The centre plays a key role in providing support, resources and recreational opportunities for North Shields residents of all ages.


This institution plays a crucial role in rehabilitating and releasing seals back into their natural habitat. With a team of dedicated experts and volunteers, the hospital provides specialised care, veterinary attention and a nurturing environment for seals in distress. is an portal dedicated to the captivating seabirds that have chosen the urban landscapes along the River Tyne as their nesting grounds, creating some of the only inland colonies in the world.


The North East Heritage Library is a treasure trove of knowledge and a repository of the cultural and historical tapestry of the region. NEHL is committed to preserving and sharing the stories, traditions and legacies that have shaped our dynamic and resilient communities.

Siutated on the historic Fish Quay in North Shields, the Old Low Light is a captivating gateway to the maritime heritage and fishing traditions of the area. The centre combines exhibits, archival collections and engaging narratives to illuminate Shields’ history and cultural evolution.

Cullercoats Watch House

This historic building served a vital role as a base for the Cullercoats Volunteer Life Brigade. Today it has become a thriving and inviting community centre, but requires continued support for essential refurbishment.

TAHS is an important forum for those seeking to deepen their understanding of the area’s history and wishing to contribute to the collective appreciation of Tynemouth’s evolution and legacy. The society conducts regular talks providing deep insights into local history.

The Bluebird Project revolves around the preservation of the legendary hydroplane, Bluebird K7. This historic craft, in which Donald Campbell set numerous world speed records, including his fatal attempt in 1967, has undergone meticulous restoration to ensure its place as a symbol of engineering prowess and daring exploits.

With a mission to inspire curiosity and appreciation for the area’s Roman heritage, the society engages in research, preservation and educational initiatives to bring the ancient history of this strategic military outpost to life.


Established in the 19th century, the cricket club has become an integral part of the town’s cultural fabric, nurturing generations of cricket enthusiasts.

Based on the Haven and founded in the early 20th century, TSC is where local sailing enthusiasts hone their skills and gather to share their experiences.

As a cherished institution in Percy Main, the cricket club continues to be a rallying point for enthusiasts, providing a welcoming space where players of all levels can come together.

North Shields Poly is an athletics club with over a hundred years of history. The club emphasises inclusivity and personal growth through track & field, running, cycling and triathlon.

With a history dating back to 1867, the club continues to inspire individuals to embrace the art of rowing, promoting fitness, teamwork and a deep connection with the coastal environment.

Currently embarking on the long road to restoration, this cultural landmark will hopefully once again become a cherished asset for future generations of locals and visitors.