Press Release:  ‘Pass It On Skills’ Showcase Event

Date of submission:  Monday, 8th Feb 2016

Word Count:  287



Have you ever wanted to learn a new skill, or maybe pass on some of your own expertise to others?  A new project, based in North Tyneside coastal area,  aims to give you the opportunity to do just that.  The Pass It On Project was founded by Joanna Bates in October 2015, and has already seen the number of people interested in taking part in skill-sharing activities increase from a mere handful to several hundred members.  What started as a call-out to local people to come together to spread skills has grown in momentum and now sees many small groups meeting on a semi-regular and voluntary basis.


On Saturday, the Pass It On Project hosted its first showcase and celebration event at ‘Olives at the Station’ in Whitley Bay.  Funded by a Big Local Small Sparks grant, people were given the opportunity to share what their groups had been learning about.  Activities included Tai Chi, Charleston dancing, origami, an inter-generational ‘twiddle muff’ scheme, hum and strum, beginners’ crochet and a recorder ensemble, among many others.


Group founder, Joanna, said, ‘I was overwhelmed by the response to our first gathering on Saturday. There are some amazingly talented and generous people in our neighbourhood. Pass It On Skills is going from strength to strength and is based on bringing people in our community together, connecting, creating and collaborating and all for free.


If you are interested in finding out more about the Pass It On Skills Project, have something to share or want to find a new hobby and make new friends, you can join the Facebook group at

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All of the groups are run on a voluntary basis, and are free to attend (though where necessary we may ask for a donation towards the venue hire).