Get summer sorted on a shoe string budget

Friday, July 15th, 2016 | Posted in Blog

Whether they have finished already, or have to look on with envy for another week, no doubt your little ones are gearing up for six long weeks of freedom from the classroom. You, on the other hand, might not be as enthusiastic!

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Juggling childcare and work through the holidays is enough pressure for most parents, let alone the idea of actually finding activities to keep the kids entertained. To help, we’ve asked the FTCT team for their top tips on keeping the summer holidays fun AND cheap.

Janet, FTCT’s admin assistant, playpennies-defaultfb-1467299024-saYe“Check out discount websites like Playpennies and Hotdeals (who have a Kids and freebies catergory), for a whole range of discounts, vouchers and FREE offers, like tennis lessons or swim safe lessons for 7-14 year olds and giveaways, like free Mister Maker craft kits.  It’s crowd sourced, so new deals come up everyday.”

Why not follow Playpennies on Facebook  or subscribe to Hotdeals for all the latest deals.

Jill, FTCT’s marketing manager,
 enhanced-buzz-13317-1372108310-16Buzzfeed is a great place to find cheap and simple activities to keep the kids entertained with stuff you can find about the house. Great for rainy days, or when you need to get on with chores (or actually finish a cup of tea) From toddlers to teens, you’ll find at least one idea to keep them occupied on a rainy day, or when you just want to finish a hot drink (without microwaving it ten times).”


Check out “The Ultimate Summer Bucket List For Bored Kids” for some starter ideas.

Anna, FTCT’s Director,
Teens at library“Check out your local museum or library, for free sessions. They often have storytelling sessions or activity days during the holidays, which are generally free for you to join. Take a look in your local paper or on the council website for more free ideas in you area.”

Find your local library with this website>


Help with school uniform costs


We know, for many families, the cost of buying new school can put a big pressure on your household budget. Our small grants can help ease the burden. With a simple application process, you could receive £250-£750 towards school uniform and shoe costs, to kit your family out for the new school year.

For more information about our grants criteria, click here>


*Employees of BHS/Austin Reed – who are facing redundancy – can use our new fast track form to apply for uniform costs. Click here for more details>


We can also provide larger and on-going amounts, depending on your needs. To see what type of items our grants typically fund, click here> 


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