South Tyneside Churches Key Project
KEY is a small local charity working in South Tyneside. Our aim is to help young people at risk of homelessness and / or living in hardship to live independent and successful lives.
KEY was set up in 1992 by volunteers from local churches that came together after a homeless young man died on the streets in winter.
As a grassroots organisation we have strong links in the local community especially with churches and schools. We see ourselves very much as a community response to homelessness.
Each year KEY supports up to 400 young people aged 16 - 24. Typically they vulnerable, unemployed often with health and emotional problems. KEY offers a range of practical support to help young people find and keep a home. This includes:
- Offering advice and guidance around finding accommodation.
- Mediating between young people and their parents.
- Working with schools and youth groups to raise awareness about homeless issues.
- Giving out emergency food packs.
- Providing a personal support worker.
- Supported accommodation including 2 shared houses with 5 and 4 bedrooms.
- Providing move on accommodation .
- Workshops on cooking healthy meals on a low budget, managing money.
- Advice on find employment and training