Young people, staff and volunteers all play an active part in KEY

25 Years This year marks 25 years since KEY was set up. We will be marking our 25th anniversary with a series of exciting events throughout the year, a total of 25 in fact. Dates for these will be announced via our Facebook Page and News Section.

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Point of no return – video


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Imagine having nowhere to live

What would you do? Where would you go for help? How would you survive? For some young people in South Tyneside, homelessness can become a frightening reality. What would you do? Where would you go for help? How would you survive? For some young people in South Tyneside, homelessness can become a frightening reality. It’s at times like this, when a young person is at a crisis point in their lives, that KEY is there for them. We can provide the accommodation, support and advice that is so crucrucial in times of crisis. It’s at times like this, when a young person is at a crisis point in their lives, that KEY is there for them. We can provide the accommodation and support

Andrew’s story

Andrew’s story is typical of the young people KEY helps and supports. Andrew was only 17 when he became homeless after the death of his mother and a breakdown in relations with his step-dad. Initially he stayed at the homes of various friends. He then stayed at a wet hostel but felt intimidated by other residents with alcohol problems. Andrew was then referred to KEY and he stayed for several months at one of our shared houses. KEY supported Andrew to access bereavement counseling to deal with his mother’s death. We helped him with his budgeting skills and to get benefits. He also completed training courses at South Tyneside College. Eventually Andrew moved on to live independently in his own flat. He then began to rebuild his relationship with his step-dad. “Life is getting better now, I’m back on track.” Andrew


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