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7 December 2022

Food support and free holiday activities for children this winter holiday

Key to Life Foodbank is once again joining forces with South Tyneside Council to deliver the Holiday Activities and Food programme (HAF) Winter Holiday Club to make sure children stay fed and entertained during the upcoming holidays.

The charity is providing free activities and nutritious meals for children and young people in the borough age 5-16 (Reception to Year 11) who are eligible for benefits related free school meals or who are part of a family currently experiencing hardship.

Following a successful summer pilot project, Key to Life will be delivering double the festive fun, thanks to its continued partnership with the New Sundial, one of South Tyneside’s premier entertainment venues.

The activities and food provision will take place on selected days over the 2-week holidays.

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Boredom Busting Crafts at Key to Life Foodbank

Key to Life will be providing FREE meal kits (one meal per booked child) plus boredom busting seasonal crafts from its base at Boldon Lane Library to feed and entertain up to 30 kids per day, twice a week.

Fun crafts – including bird feeder and calendar making – will be provided on a stay and play basis. In addition, each child will receive a food pack with all the ingredients to create a nutritious meal at home. Tiny Tasters will also be joining us (29 Dec) for a cold food prep session.

Sessions will be taking place 11am-3pm on the following dates: Wed 28 & Thurs 29 Dec; Wed 4 & Fri 6 Jan.

Please note:

  • All events are subject to availability & booking is essential – younger siblings welcome but require their own place
  • All children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian for the duration of the session (tickets need only be booked for children)
  • Arrive any time 11-2
  • If after booking you can no longer attend, please call us on 07833 613 393 so we can offer your place(s) to another family

Click here to book at Key to Life

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Festive fun at the New Sundial

KEY2Life and the New Sundial, are teaming up to provide an additional seafront based offering this winter – a whole load of fun filled family activities and entertainment plus hot meal (one meal per booked child) to feed and entertain up to 40 kids per day, twice a week.

Kids will have a whale of a time enjoying New Year’s Eve themed crafts, party games, dancing, and activities by Ranger Jane’s Beach School or Captain Raggy Beard Storytelling!

Sessions will be taking place 10am-2pm on the following dates:
Ranger JaneWed 28 Dec, Tues 3 Jan, Fri 6 Jan
Captain Raggy BeardTues 29 Dec, Mon 2 Jan, Thurs 5 Jan

Please note:

  • Events will be taking place in the upstairs function room accessible by staircase only
  • All events are subject to availability & booking is essential – younger siblings welcome but require their own place
  • All children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian for the duration of the session (tickets need only be booked for children)
  • Please arrive promptly for 10am as latecomers may not be admitted
  • If after booking you can no longer attend, please contact the event organiser via Eventbrite so we can offer your place(s) to another family

Click here to book at the New Sundial

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We are operating on a trust-based booking system which will hopefully allow families who will really benefit from free meals and activities, to access them.

The Winter Holiday Club is funded by the Department for Education’s holiday activities and food programme 2022. As part of this funding, there is criteria regarding eligibility which includes children receiving benefits related free school meals or who are part of a family currently experiencing hardship. All recipients of the funding must follow these criteria.

For more information about additional Winter Holiday Club activities, and to book, visit: www.southtyneside.gov.uk/holidayclub.