I work for Key 2 life,  a charity based in South Shields working across South Tyneside.  We were awarded funding for a new community bus project recently and this enabled us to be able to convert a double decker bus which will be driving to different locations within South Tyneside on a daily basis and parking up for a few hours in the hope of helping those people within the local communities.  Downstairs there will be a shop selling good quality fresh fruit and vegetables, packet, tinned, and non perishable food and non-food and hygiene items, baby wipes, milk and nappies for very low prices in the hope of helping individuals/families money to go further, reduce waste and lower the need for the number of people attending food banks which is at an all time high. All money made from this project feeds back into the charity and food bank we run in South Shields.

Upstairs there is seating areas where we can offer advice and direct/refer individuals to relevant interventive services.  We hope to have some of these services available on board to offer advice and are hoping to have the likes of welfare rights, Drug and alcohol services among others. The bus has an awning and out door seating and offers tea and coffee for those who would just like to come along and have a chat.  The bus is for absolutely anyone to use and is not restricted to those on benefits it is for the whole community.

We currently offer free school uniform and winter coats free of charge upstairs on the bus and have a pop up Christmas shop with toys and Christmas items at very reduced prices.

We stop at 6 different areas per week Monday’s, Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s with 2 stops per day.  I have attached our current 3 week rota that will run continuously until the stops are reviewed at which time I will send an updated list.


Key Community Bus Route


Week 1 

AM Hebburn Hub  10.30 – 12 Rose & Crown Pub    10.30-12 Laygate Flats  10-11.30
PM Clegwell & Hartleyburn 

Community Hub   12.30- 2

Ocean Road CA          12.30-2 Dunn Street School 12-1.30


Week 2

AM Hebburn Hub 10.30-12 Ocean Road CA 10.30-12 Simonside club 10-11.30
PM Biddick Hall Hub 12.30-2 Sea View School 12.30-2 Hagan Hall 12-1.30


Week 3

AM Dunn Street School 10.30-12 Rose & Crown 10.30-12 Wawn St 10-11.30
PM Boldon CA 12.30-2 Biddick Hall Hub 12.30-2 Hagan Hall 12-1.30