Big Outdoor Art Challenge

Learning Outside the Classroom have partnered with The Children’s Challenge and land artist James Brunt to launch the Big Outdoor Art Challenge 6-12 July 2020.

This free challenge has been developed to get pupils outside, get exploring and get creative, this simple easy-to-do challenge can be undertaken at home, in a local park, or at school.“In strange times, one of the most important things for me is to not lose the ability to play and create. The outdoors provides us all with a wealth of wonder to explore and experience, it is the largest artist studio in the world, and it’s free. Never forget to stop, look, experience and play.” James Brunt, artist.

Taking place during Children’s Art Week, the #BigOutdoorArtChallenge provides an opportunity for children to reconnect with nature and with each other.

Register today and receive a welcome pack with hints, tips and ideas on how you can start your class off on their #BigOutdoorArtChallenge.
Monday 6 July – Sunday 12 July 2020

Upload photos of your creations to Instagram with the hashtag #BigOutdoorArtChallenge for the chance of winning a prize for your school.

Mental Health Awareness Week

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week. The theme this year is Kindness. During the week we would like you to carry out or reflect on an act of kindness.

Use the hashtags #KindnessMatters and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek to get involved.

Why not also share your thoughts and ideas on how we can make our world a kinder place and support mental health.

VE Day 2020

VE Day 2020 will take place on Friday May 8 2020. This year it will be on a Bank Holiday, a decision that has been made specially to honour the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

Here are some activities and resources to help you celebrate and commemorate the day.

Design a VE Medal

VE Word Search

VE Bunting to Download and Print

Cut Out and Fold a Spitfire

Learn Morse Code

Lighter Nights Campaign

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We would like to make you aware of the forthcoming FREE open-access activity that children, young people and families can get involved in as part of this year’s campaign, which is being co-ordinated in conjunction with colleagues and partners:

Climb and BBQ                                               –              Thursday 5th March, 5:30-9:30pm

This will take place at Simonside Climbing Wall, South Shields, NE34 9SD (www.simonsideoutdooradventure.com/centres).

Over 170 unique climbing routes are available, in addition to a bouldering area, a digital traverse wall and 6 Clip ‘n Climb walls featuring:

·         An artificial ice climb

·         2 digital speed climbs

·         A tufa climb

·         A jungle gym

Children from the age of 5, young people and families are welcome.

Should you have any queries please contact Martin Simpson at: martin.simpson@southtyneside.gov.uk or by telephoning: 0191 424 0118.

Visit England Rating

We are very pleased to announce we have retained our Visit England 3 Star rating. The inspection took place last week with all our rooms. facilities and grounds being inspected. We scored highly in all areas with comments by the assessor including:

“Very well located at the lake side with several rooms having super views”

“High standards of housekeeping”

“Activities are well provided in the area and on site”.

If you would like to know more about hiring the centre as a self catered venue or would like to book a fully catered activity residential course please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Holiday Meals

New Scheme to Tackle Holiday Hunger.

A new scheme is to be rolled out across South Tyneside to make sure children don’t go hungry in the school summer holidays.

The Council is to provide free meals at centres across the Borough for three days during the middle four weeks of the long school holidays to ease the pressure on struggling families.

The Council already supports voluntary organisations which supply holiday meals through training and the loan of kitchen equipment. This scheme will further enhance the provision and complement the work of the third sector.

Food will be provided in children’s centres and other venues where there is space for children’s activities to be enjoyed. There will a mix of picnic – style food and hot food available depending on the day.

The meals will be provided at the following venues: Biddick Children’s Centre, Horsley Hill Children’s Centre, Boldon Children’s Centre, Whitburn Children’s Centre, Marine Park Children’s Centre, Riverside Children’s Centre Simonside Climbing Wall, Hedworthfield CA and Jarrow Focus.

Councillor Moira Smith, Lead Member for Children, Young People and Families, said: “Since Universal Credit was introduced and the eligibility for free school meals changed, it is difficult to really know how many families are struggling to put food on the table.

“However, we know from the work that we do with families and with schools that there are many working parents who cannot access certain benefits who are often the most financially vulnerable. These people – along with the almost a quarter of families on free school meals – struggle with the costs of good food and activities when schools are closed.”

She added: “We recognise that our voluntary sector does a sterling job for those families living in hardship all year round but very often our food banks become increasingly stretched for supplies over the summer school holidays. This scheme is about complementing the fantastic work that staff in food banks and other voluntary organisations do all year round so that all our young people get the best start in life.”

The scheme is in addition to the work of a number of voluntary organisations in the Borough, the most established being projects provided by:

  • Hebburn Helps
  • Grange RBaptist Church Jarrow
  • St Marks and St Cuthbert’s in Cleadon Park

Ongoing evaluation of the scheme will be carried out to assess need and ensure the scheme runs effectively.

Further information about the scheme will be available at www.southtyneside.gov.uk/holidaymeals

Child Safety Week

Child Safety Week – “Safe Children- Together we have got this.”

Monday 3rd June until Sunday 9th June 2019.

Looking holistically at the theme this year of “Family Life –What’s the Risk” the campaign is aimed at reducing the number of children and young people killed disabled or seriously injured in preventable accidents. The campaign will also work towards securing a safer environment for children of all ages, so they can live life to the full while protected from serious injury or death.  The week will see partners working together to promote safety messages across the borough in a fun and engaging way.

A key event during the week will take place at Cleadon Park Primary Care Centre, Prince Edward Road, South Shields on Wednesday 5thJune 2019 1.30pm – 3pm. The Mayor will be in attendance and there will be a range of services and resources. All professionals and members of the community are welcome to attend.

Further details about the week can be found at:

https://www.southtyneside.gov.uk/article/62703/Child-Safety-Week

Please feel free to share your events and photos from Child Safety week on social media (including Twitter) using the hashtag #SafeChildrenTogetherWeHaveGotThis.

You can also follow South Tyneside Safeguarding Boards (Adults and Children) on Twitter @STSafeguarding and tag us into any tweets.

 

Below are some flyers you can download, print and share.

  

Trainee Instructor Vacancies

CHILDREN, ADULTS AND HEALTH

CENTRE ASSISTANT / TRAINEE INSTRUCTOR – 17.5 HPW x 2 POSTS

(THURSTON OUTDOOR EDUCATION CENTRE, CONISTON, CUMBRIA)

£16,881 pa pro rata

 An enthusiastic person is required to take on the post of Centre Assistant/Trainee Instructor.

This is a live in, Temporary post for 12 months which may be extended for up to 24 months

 Work pattern: 2 Week Rota

Week 1: 35 hours paid in the House/Kitchen as Centre Assistant

Week 2: Monday to Friday as a Trainee Instructor working with a group instructor

Other hours, such as Evening Duties/Weekend Work may be necessary and these will be agreed upon with the Head of Centre

 

Accommodation on site and food is provided in lieu of Week 2 Trainee work.

The position involves working alongside permanent instructors delivering outdoor activities to mainly young people one week and helping in the house and kitchen as a centre assistant the next.

Full in house training is given and the opportunity to take National Governing Body Awards for the outdoors and gain experience with a variety of groups is offered.

This is an ideal position for anyone starting a career in the outdoor industry, giving opportunities to develop Coaching /Teaching skills while living in the Lake District National Park.

Interviews for this post will be take place on 8 January 2019 at the Thurston Outdoor Education Centre.

South Tyneside Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment and an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosure will be sought along with other relevant pre-employment checks.

To find out more about this role and to apply please visit www.southtyneside.gov.uk alternatively you can email jobs@southtyneside.gov.uk or call (0191) 455 4968. BT Typetalkers welcome.

Closing date: Noon, 17 December 2018.

South Tyneside Council 2018 Darker Nights Campaign

South Tyneside Council 2018 Darker Nights Campaign

We would like to make you aware of the forthcoming FREE open-access additional activities that children, young people and families can get involved in as part of this year’s campaign, which is being co-ordinated in conjunction with colleagues and partners:

 

Climb and BBQ                                               –              Friday 16th November, 5:30-9:30pm

This will take place at Simonside Climbing Wall, South Shields, NE34 9SD (www.simonsideoutdooradventure.com/centres).

Over 170 unique climbing routes are available, in addition to a ‘free-climb’ bouldering area and the UK’s first digital / sensory trailblazer traverse wall (as seen on Dragons Den).

Children from the age of 5, young people and families are welcome.

Should you have any queries please contact Martin Simpson at: martin.simpson@southtyneside.gov.uk or by telephoning: 0191 424 0118.

5-a-side Football Tournament                   –              Friday 23rd  November, 7-9pm

This will take place on the outdoor 3G pitch at Clegwell Community Association, Mountbatten Avenue, Hebburn, NE31 2QT (www.southtyneside.info/article/19969/Clegwell-Community-Association).

To enter a team (11-13 and 14-16 age groups) please contact Chris Thompson at: chris.thompson@southtyneside.gov.uk or by telephoning: 0191 424 7845.

5-a-side Football Tournament                   –              Friday 30th November, 7-9pm

This will take place on the outdoor 3G pitch at Temple Park Leisure Centre, John Reid Road, South Shields, NE34 8QN (www.southtyneside.info/article/11155/Temple-Park-Centre).

To enter a team (11-13 and 14-16 age groups) please contact Chris Thompson at: chris.thompson@southtyneside.gov.uk or by telephoning: 0191 424 7845.