Free School Meals - what happens during Covid-19?

In response to Covid-19 the government have announced that vouchers will be available for families in receipt of Free School Meals - will this help? Read more

Can we cut the cost of school uniforms?

Newcastle University student Olivia Hayes says families are wrongly being tied in to buying expensive school uniform Read more

I’ll tell ya about Melva!

Gwen Dalziel, from our Schools Team, talks to us about her experience working on the Melva Production. Read more

How to get children off their phones and reading books instead

Christine Elrick is the founder of Look for a Book North East - a social media community that hides books for children to find. We asked her how to get young people into reading Read more

Poverty and Friendship

Making friends is a crucial aspect of growing up and an important skill that is developed throughout our lives. In this blog, Lorna Nicoll looks at how being poor can affect social interactions and friendships. Read more

What is Poverty Proofing the School Day?

With the fantastic news that we are joining forces with Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG), Georgina Burt tells us what Poverty Proofing the School Day is all about. Read more

We've hidden books

Our Families and Parenting Service have been out and about hiding books - have you found one? Read more

“Got anything nice planned for the summer?”

The reality of the school summer holidays can be a nightmare for disadvantaged families who struggle to stay afloat without the safety net of breakfast clubs and free school meals Read more

Behind the scenes at our Sexual Health Drop-ins

We caught up with Rebekah Bennett, Project Worker at our Young People's Service for a chat about what goes on at Children North East's Sexual Health Drop-ins Read more

School Uniform costs: what can be done to reduce pressure on families living in poverty?

Preparing for kids to go back to school, particularly uniform shopping, is one of the most costly times of the year and puts a massive financial burden on struggling families Read more

The highlights from the 25th Sandcastle Challenge

Get the lowdown from Sandhaven Beach when over 1,700 school children gathered in South Shields for the Sandcastle Challenge 2019 Read more