Money Matters


Having a family can have a big impact on finances, if you are worried about money, debt of finances there are a number of links below that may help or you can pop into your local Family Hub to find out more or contact us here

  • Holiday Activities and Food Programme
  • Social Prescribing team
  • Community Key Bus
  • Foodbanks

Food Banks

Foodbanks help families and individuals through times of crisis with the provision of emergency food and supplies.

If you are struggling to make ends meet, feel you are in crisis or want to speak to someone to find out more about supports you can call South Tyneside MASH on 0191 424 5010 or pop into your local Family Hub.

To receive a food parcel, you may need to be referred to a food bank by a professional such as a housing officer, social worker, Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) advisor, doctor or health advisor. Foodbanks available for residents of South Tyneside:

Key to Life Foodbank

South Tyneside Foodbank 

Bede’s Helping Hands Foodbank 

Boldon Community Association 


HAF-Reception to Year 11 (5-16yrs)

Eligible children across South Tyneside will continue to access free, nutritious food and engaging activities over the school holidays, as the government has confirmed funding for the holiday activities and food programme (HAF) throughout 2024. These free holiday clubs will continue to run to support parents with childcare costs over the holidays.

Activities include:

  • Football
  • Multi-sports camps
  • Creative sessions
  • Cooking classes

This allows South Tyneside to provide for families who are eligible for benefit related free school meals.

Free holiday clubs
The next programme of free holiday clubs is during the school spring holidays (Tuesday 2 April until Sunday 14 April 2024).
Bookings for spring activities will open in March. All events are subject to availability and booking is essential. The sessions take place at several locations in South Tyneside and will include:

  • a variety of fun activities
  • exciting opportunities to learn and develop skills
  • a nutritious meal each day

Who can attend
To be eligible to attend the free winter holiday club activities, children and young people must:

  • live in South Tyneside, and
  • be 5 to 16 years old, and
  • be eligible for benefit related, or be in a family currently experiencing hardship

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.

Holiday Activities and Food (HAF)

Key Community Bus

With an ethos of reducing food waste, promoting healthy, affordable food and offering advice on related issues, we drive into the heart of our communities to help local people thrive.

The mobile food service requires no membership and everyone is welcome on board regardless of circumstances.

Goods are sourced to sell at the lowest possible cost to shoppers – with payment accepted by cash, card or by bank transfer.

The upper deck welcomes people to chat, access advice, or take part in organised activities, There’s also a mini-library (‘book swap’) and an awning for some outdoor seating on fine days.

Key to Life Foodbank

Social Prescribing Team

Our aim is to make a difference to the lives of the people we work with, through promoting the knowledge, skills and confidence needed to practice self-care. Our appointments are longer than typical GP appointments. This gives individuals time to talk about what matters to them.

Here are some of the things that people often like to talk about with us:

  • Feeling down, stressed or anxious
  • Managing health conditions and symptoms
  • Keeping active
  • Benefits, money and housing problems
  • Living with chronic pain
  • Making healthier choices
  • Reducing smoking or alcohol
  • Loneliness
  • Caring for someone

We can support individuals to:

  • Identify what is affecting well-being and how they would like things to be different
  • Build knowledge, motivation and confidence to make changes
  • Set and achieve personal goals to improve well-being
  • Connect with people, activities, groups and opportunities in their area
  • Develop strategies for managing mental and/or physical health conditions
  • Support navigating/coordinating care, if multiple services are involved

Anything discussed will be kept confidential however if an individual discloses information which highlights that someone is at risk, we may need to share this with relevant organisations.

Anyone aged 16 or over living in South Tyneside can access our services free-of-charge.

Contact us directly on 0191 432 9838 or

Speak to staff at your GP practice:

First Contact Clinical Referral Form