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All aboard our Key Community Bus!

11 July 2024

Food support and free holiday activities for children over the summer holidays

South Tyneside charity Key is once again ensuring children stay fed and entertained during the six weeks of the upcoming school holidays (22 Jul – 30 Aug).

The charity is providing FREE packed lunches and summer activities for children, from any family who would benefit, aboard its Key Community Bus, which will be running to the usual timetable.

Activities and food provision, for up to 20 children per day, will take place on selected days and locations over the six-week holidays – first come, first served, and while stocks last.

Fun-filled arts and craft activities onboard will be available up top, in the upper deck engagement space, plus weather permitting, pop-up seed starter pot planting delivered from the bus awning.

No booking is required, simply turn up at any of the scheduled bus stops; the timetable can be viewed at

All children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian for the duration of the session and activities taking place aboard the upper deck are accessible by staircase only.

In addition, families who hop aboard can also take advantage of the bus’s book swap library and access a free pre-loved school uniform exchange, catering for primary and secondary schools throughout South Tyneside.

Uniform is also available to collect from the charity’s Key to Life Foodbank. To bag yours, simply DM Key to Life’s Facebook page (@KeytoLifeFoodbank), or give the team a call on 07833 613 393, with full details of school and sizes required and a volunteer will let you know if available and when ready to collect.

The charity’s sizzling summer offer for hard-pressed local families will also include the exciting addition of a free day trip by coach to Seahouses with beach activities delivered by Ranger Jane’s beach school – further information and booking details coming very soon.