- 2016 - 2017 Project: St Cuthbert’s Hospice, Retail Van
- 2015 - 2016 Project: the Grace Haven Orphanage, Myanmar (formerly known as Burma)
- 2014 - 2015 Project: Key Project, South Tyneside
- 2013 - 2014 Project: Kwagala Trust
- 2012 - 2013 Project: Durham Youth for Christ - Mentoring Scheme
- 2011 - 2012 Project: New Hope in Cambodia2011 - 2012 Project: New Hope in Cambodia
- 2010 - 2011 Project: Justice First
- 2009 - 2010 Project: The Kwagala Trust
- 2008 - 2009 Project: Beverley School
- 2007 - 2008 Project: Global Care
We believe that no young person in South Tyneside should be homeless and we will work to motivate and guide these young people through a process of positive change so they can move forward to live independent and successful lives.
KEY is committed to helping young people living in hardship or under the threat of homelessness to live independent and successful lives.
Our values underpin everything we do:
- We are caring
- We are professional
- We are trustworthy
- We are an exemplary organisation.
KEY was established in 1992 as a direct response to the death of a homeless young man on the streets of South Shields. Churches Together in South Tyneside were appalled that such a thing could happen in their town and decided to seek to respond to the needs of young homeless people.
Initially they collected food and cleaning materials to give out to young people in need. Today, a group of volunteers put together Emergency Support Packs to assist young people starting out on their first tenancy, between benefit claims or, simply, in need.
Strickland house during refurbishment
In order to prevent young people from becoming homeless in the first place, KEY provides a mediation service for young people and their families with a view to the young people remaining at home or returning there. However, if necessary, KEY also assists some young people to find and keep a home, working closely with housing providers, colleges and youth services.
They opened "Flavia House" as a pilot project to provide a home and training for five young people. They give them the skills they need to run a home of their own. This project was such a success that they set about raising funds to open a second property. After three years’ hard work, prayer and determination they managed to obtain a second property, Strickland house, which will house four young people. The property is currently in the process of being refurbished to the required standards.
Elvet member, Jean Burnside, is Chief Officer of KEY and an experienced social worker. She works with voluntary organisations to ensure that KEY does its best for the young homeless of South Tyneside.
With all the recent cuts to funding, local authorities and voluntary organisations alike are struggling for funding. All have to “deliver more for less” and KEY has had to make staff members redundant in recent months. Despite this, KEY is keen to develop the second, 4-bed, property, Strickland house- as this is the right way forward for the organization.
We support a different project each year. We alternate between local projects, and overseas projects. Projects over recent years have been:
- September 2015 to August 2016: the Grace Haven Orphanage, Myanmar (formerly known as Burma)
- September 2013 to August 2014: the Kwagala Trust
- September 2012 to August 2013: Durham Youth for Christ and their Mentoring Scheme
- September 2011 to August 2012: New Hope In Cambodia with Global Care
- September 2010 to August 2011: asylum seekers in the Tees Valley area through Justice First
- September 2009 to August 2010: the Kwagala Trust
- September 2008 to August 2009: Beverley School (a Specialist school for children and young people with autism)
- September 2007 to August 2008: street children in Cambodia, supporting work done by Global Care
We also support charities with a retiring collection after our communion services.