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

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:

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




£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 alternatively you can email 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 (

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: 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 (

To enter a team (11-13 and 14-16 age groups) please contact Chris Thompson at: 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 (

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

Data Protection Statement

Data Protection Statement

We collect personal data on Consent Forms prior to all courses.

Why we collect it?

Thurston OEC collects the information on Consent Forms to ensure the safety and wellbeing of course participants.

Who we might share it with.

We will not share the information with anyone – except medical professionals in the event of a need for treatment.

What we do with the information.

The information will be securely stored at the centre during the course and afterwards will be scanned and stored on the South Tyneside Council secure servers. The information is used to help in the planning and provision of appropriate activities and locations, and for safety management.

How long we keep it.

Information provided on this form will be kept for the time required by the Limitation Act 1990. (I.e. 7 years for adults, until a young person reaches the age of 25, or for 99 years in the case of Looked After Children.) The original paper copies will be destroyed at the end of the course.

How people can access their personal information.

If you wish to access the personal information that we hold you should contact Thurston OEC via email or phone 015394 41218.

Winter Specials 2016/17

Thurston OEC Winter 2016/17 Special Offers

From December to February half term, all inclusive Residential Activity Courses at Special Prices.

For the winter months of 2016/17, Thurston OEC are once again offering fully catered, residential activity courses at a special price. We first piloted this scheme in 2015/16 and welcomed a number of groups to the centre.

This offer is available to both in-borough (South Tyneside Council) and out-of-borough schools.

Please click on the Fact Sheets below for further information or alternatively contact the centre.

In Borough Groups Information Sheet

Out of Borough Groups Information Sheet


Walking in a winter wonderland

Walking in a winter wonderland

Outdoor Instructor Vacancy

South Tyneside Council

Children, Adults and Health



£27,123 pa  

By being part of the outdoor education team, you will make a significant difference to the lives of children, young people and adults in South Tyneside so that they can compete favourably with their peers locally and nationally.

You will be expected to work flexibly to meet the needs of the service. This will on occasions include working on an evening, weekend and on a residential basis.

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 alternatively you can Email  or call (0191) 455 4968.  BT Typetalkers welcome.

Closing date: Noon, 28 April 2016.

Primary Times NE

Primary Times NE Magazine

Check out our advert in the latest edition of the Primary Times NE. You can read the magazine online at

Packed full of interesting things to do and places to go and full of inspiring ideas in time for the Easter holiday.

Primary Times – the definitive what’s on and where to go family guide of activities and events for children of primary school age. Things to do with your kids during the school holidays including arts and craft activities, music and theatre for children, parties, competitions, days out, and family attractions along with term time drama schools, dance classes,
after school clubs and sports activities. Things to do at a place near you!

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Maintaining a Gold Standard

AHOEC Gold Standard Award for Thurston OEC

Following a successful inspection we are pleased to announce we have achieved the AHOEC Gold Standard award for another year. Well done team.

At any Centre displaying the Gold Standard logo you can be assured of a safe and quality outdoor experience. All Gold Standard centres are also accredited to both the LOtC Quality Badge and for Adventuremark. This gives further reassurance of the quality and safety of your chosen provider.

AHOEC Black and gold