South Tyneside Churches Key Project

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Registered address
116 Baring Street,
South Shields,Tyne and Wear
NE33 2BA


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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

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