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Help for Hard-Pressed Families This Easter

Free holiday clubs are set to return to South Tyneside this Easter for families experiencing financial hardship.

Funded by the Department for Education, the schemes are being delivered by the Council and its partners. Places are free to those aged between five and 16 who receive benefit-related free school meals or whose families are struggling financially.

The clubs will run between 11 and 22 April, excluding the bank holidays. Activities on offer include crafts, games, dance and sport and those taking part will also receive a nutritious meal. Children can find out more about the world of the Saxons at Jarrow Hall where they can try out Saxon weapons and make their own shield, listen to stories of legends and monsters and try their hand at being a scribe. Forest fun at West Boldon Lodge will include shelter-building, natural arts and crafts and clay modelling.

The clubs are another example of how the Council is delivering on its priority of supporting families.

Beverley Scanlon, Head of Learning and Early Help, said: "We recognise that school holidays put an additional financial strain on families who are already struggling. These clubs help to ease that burden, helping thousands of our young people to stay well fed and entertained when schools are closed."

The clubs are being run at various venues throughout the Borough and places must be booked in advance. Bookings will close four days before an event so that catering can be arranged. To find out more about the clubs or to book a place visit www.southtyneside.gov.uk/holidayclub or email HAF@southtyneside.gov.uk

Any families who need additional help with food are reminded that they can access food from food banks. To find out more visit www.southtyneside.gov.uk/article/35030/Food-banks

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