A scheme which has provided activities and a free lunch for children during the school summer holidays has been hailed a resounding success.
South Tyneside Council has provided a range of entertainment and a free lunch for three days over the middle four weeks of the school summer holidays to ease the pressure on struggling families.
More than 5,000 children have taken part in the scheme over the last four weeks. A thorough evaluation of the scheme will be undertaken in the coming months to assess the viability of repeating the scheme next year.
Councillor Ed Malcolm, Lead Member for Resources and Innovation, said: "According to the latest report from the End Child Poverty Coalition, more than a third of children in South Tyneside are living in poverty. This is nothing short of a tragedy and we are committed to doing all we can to support families.
"As a co-operative council, we are keen to work with our communities and recognise that there is a fantastic army of volunteers who work all year round to provide supplies and a listening ear to those families who struggle to make ends meet and we pay tribute to them.
"This initiative was always about working in tandem with those groups and complementing the outstanding work they do so that together we can have a bigger impact. Given the positive feedback we have received, we are confident we have achieved this and made a difference."
The most popular centres were Marine Park and Biddick Hall Children's Centres while meals for older children were also delivered to various Youth Projects in the borough