Summer money

Summertime can put a strain on family finances. School holidays, children’s activities and events can all be expensive.

Our summer money campaign brings you some details about low-cost events and useful help and advice about how to make your money go further this summer.

Paying rent and money advice

You can get details on the support we can give to help you pay the rent, including information about easier ways to pay on the paying rent pages.

You can get help and advice if you’re having problems with money, benefits and want to develop your skills – just visit our Money Advice pages.

£50 voucher Direct Debit draw

From 1 to 31 August 2017, any customer setting up a Direct Debit to pay their rent will be entered into a draw to win a £50 Love to Shop voucher. All you need to do to enter is set up a Direct Debit to pay your rent directly from your bank account, and we'll do the rest.

Find out about setting up a Direct Debit on the paying rent web page.

Help with school uniform costs

Some local councils offer help towards the cost of school uniforms. You can find out more by entering your postcode on this website.

Or get more details from Citizens Advice.


Foodbanks offer help for people struggling to pay for food. Find out more on the Trussell Trust website.

Credit Unions

Credit Unions can help with savings and loans if traditional banks can't help. You can find your nearest Credit Union

Holiday activities

We have details about all sorts of free and low-cost holiday activities in your area:

Summer events


For summer events in Hartlepool:

  • HART fun events including food and drink, arts and crafts, day trips and outdoor activities, games, dance and sport. For more details call 01429 285 000 or see the HART activity timetable.pdf 
  • A range of summer activities at Hartlepool Central Library.pdf
  • Summer reading challenge with Animal Agents 
  • Family Fun Day at the Phoenix Centre, Hindpool Close on 24 August from 12 noon till 3pm
  • Free swimming and transport at the Mill House Leisure Centre – 24 July to 1 September, 10am to 1.30pm
  • Community event at St Hilds Secondary School on 11 August from 12 noon – 3pm. To help raise awareness of the diverse cultures living in Hartlepool and improve community relationships.
  • Schemes for children with a free meal or snack Filling the Holiday Gap.pdf
  • Arts, crafts, sport and coooking activities from Hartlepool Borough Council.pdf
  • Kilmarnock Road summer youth club
  • West View Project summer holiday programme
  • St Hilds School summer fun club. From 24 July to 18 August. For more, call 01429 273041
  • Hartlepool Fun Day, Recreational Ground of Kingsley Avenue: 19 August.

Please note, the foodbank in Hartlepool will be closed from 21 July until 8 August.

Summer events


For summer events in Middlesbrough:

Summer events

Stockton events

For summer events in Stockton: