Putting life skills into practice on 5p Bus

March 2013

Customers at the 5p BusThe aim of St Cuthberts Care's 5p Bus is to make sure the most vulnerable people in the region are supported and have access to affordable clothing, children's toys, books and bedding.

Cedar House, a Salvation Army hostel offering temporary accommodation for homeless women in Byker, is visited regularly by the 5p Bus. With those seeking sanctuary arriving regularly, often with very few personal belongings, residents look forward to visiting the 5p Bus where they are able to choose from the wide selection of quality, second-hand clothing and other essential items on board.

Goods bought from the 5p Bus offer comfort in crisis and practical support at a time of great need to each and every person who visits the bus.

With a nominal budget provided by the Salvation Army and every item available for just 5p each, Cedar House residents are welcomed on board where they are able to enjoy shopping independently as well as put into practice many of the life skills learned as part of their time at the hostel.

Cedar House is one of more than 100 stops made by the 5p Bus around the region, where it helps families and individuals with little or no money afford to clothe themselves and their families.

For more information on the 5p Bus, contact St Cuthberts Care's Community Services team on 0191 228 0111 or email iris.boyd@stcuthbertscare.org.uk