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.

Community outreach

Local school picture

As part of our community outreach program, we go out into the local community to raise awareness about the issues. KEY see’s itself very much as a community response to homelessness. We get alot of help, support and donations from schools, churches and local groups. Because of this, we also feel its important to give something back. Here are just some of the ways we do this:

• Providing resources about homelessness to schools and youth groups.

• Running peer education classes – this involves young people who have experienced homelessness going into schools to tell about their experiences.

• Asking schools, churches and local shops to donate basic foodstuffs and toiletries for emergency packs. KEY distributes these to homeless and vulnerable young people. Donations are welcome all year but we do special collections for Easter, Harvest Festival and before Christmas.

• Offering speakers at churches, schools, youth groups and local organisations.

• Offering volunteering opportunities in our office and foodbank

• Providing student placements for students from schools, colleges and universities

• Providing updates and briefings about homelessness issues to local councilors and lM.P.s

• Providing a drop in service – The Hub – where young people can get advice about housing, benefits, training and employment.

For more information contact
Jo Benham-Brown
Tel: 0191 496 9710

Point of No Return DVD

This is a short film drama produced by KEY about young people’s experiences of homelessness in South Tyneside. The film explores the causes of youth homelessness and the issues that young people face in this situation. It also challenges negative myths and stereotypes people may have about homelessness.

Called “Point of No Return” the film features 2 stories created by young people involved with KEY. The title refers to the breaking point that is reached when young people feel they have no choice but to leave home. The biggest cause of youth homelessness is family breakdown.

The film is available for loan as a DVD for use by local schools, church and community groups.