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.

Fundraising

KEY is not a rich charity and relies heavily on donations and grants to carry out its work. These mainly come from trusts and foundations that share KEY’s interest in helping homeless young people. We also receive donations from local individuals, groups and businesses.

All money raised goes directly towards improving the lives of homeless and vulnerable people. You can support KEY by raising funds at work, home or in your community. We hold different events throughout the year that you can get involved in too.

Below are some examples of our community fundraising events.

Rockets of Cash

Steph is one of our young people volunteers who helped make Rocket of Cash a big success.

Steph is one of our young people volunteers who helped make Rocket of Cash a big success.

This campaign helps raise funds for young people’s activities. We source re-useable clothes to sell by the kilo for cash. Most donations come from schools, churches and weight loss groups. We also accept individual donations too.

The idea came from a young person participating in a fundraising training course we ran. She made the suggestion to her support worker who then helped take the idea forward. After approaching a nearby webuyanyclothing.com shop, they offered us a higher rate per kilo for being a local charity.

In the first 6 months we started collecting clothes, over £300 was raised. The campaign is on-going with more activities planned. We recently sourced a second hand clothes business to sell any designer labels donated. Hopefully this will help KEY make a little bit extra money.

Mrs Stephenson of Hebburn Comprehensive School said:

“We were keen to donate to KEY as we know all the funds raised stay within the borough and are used for worthwhile activities, enriching the lives of the young people living amongst us. It saddens me just how many young people suffer homelessness issues in South Tyneside.”

If you can help, contact Kevin on 0191 4969710 or E-mail: kevinhall@keyproject.org.uk

Pupils chip in for the homeless

Hebburn Comprehensive School pupils present a cheque for £490 to KEY’s Chief Officer Jean Burnside

Hebburn Comprehensive School pupils present a cheque for £490 to KEY’s Chief Officer Jean Burnside

As part of a citizenship project, a group of Year 11 pupils at Hebburn Comprehensive helped raise awareness about homelessness among local young people. The pupils were very moved, after hearing first-hand the experiences of a homeless young person, and vowed to help.

When Christmas came round students collected food and toiletries for KEY’s emergency support packs. They also raised cash after staging a non-uniform day at the school.

Deputy head boy Matthew Collins said:

“We felt that this issue was so important, because none of us know what is round the corner. Many of the young people we heard about did nothing wrong – they just had family problems. We were shocked at how many young people will be homeless this Christmas, and just wanted to do something to make a difference.”

Assistant headteacher Angeline Phillips said:

“We are very proud of our students. They are behaving as active citizens, who are responding to a need in their local community.”

When all the cash was collected, the pupils had raised £490 to help the young people KEY supports.

If you want to do something similar in your school contact Kevin on: 0191 4969710 or E-mail: kevinhall@keyproject.org.uk

Tombolas

Tombolas are great ways to fundraise and raise awareness of homelessness.

Lauren and her mum at the Tombola

Lauren with her mum at the TSB Tombola

In June 2015 One of the young people volunteers – Lauren with her mum organized a tombola raffle at the TSB Bank in South Shields. It was their first go at organizing a tombola but they successfully raised £100.

Bag Packs

In December 2013, 19 volunteers from KEY and Churches Together helped run a bag pack at Morrison’s Supermarket in Ocean Road, South Shields to raise funds for local food banks.

Bag packing at Morrison's

Bag packing at Morrison’s

Bag packs are another great way to fundraise. And we are always on the look out for helpers too.

Morrison’s customers were very generous and £812 was raised in five hours. The money was shared equally between KEY and New Hope food banks.

Charity Meals

Bernadette Askins receives a cheque from restaurant manager Titu Akthar at Orangegrass

Bernadette Askins receives a cheque from restaurant manager Titu Akthar at Orangegrass

KEY sometimes holds charity meals as a way to fundraise. In June 2014 we held a Thai-themed charity night with Orangegrass Thai & Oriental Cuisine restaurant. All proceeds went to KEY, with diners spending £15 for a buffet meal with entertainment, plus a raffle. The event helped raise £1,000 for KEY.

Tiku Akthar of Orangegrass, said:

“Bernadette is a regular diner so we thought we could give something back, especially after hearing about KEY. I can’t believe that in the UK in this day and age there are still homeless people. It’s just crazy and I’d like to know I’ve made my contribution towards helping combat that.”

Nominate KEY as your Charity of the Year

Christmas arts and crafts fair

Christmas arts and crafts fair

Elvet Methodist Church, Durham nominated KEY as it’s charity of the year for 2014/15. Lots of exciting fundraising activities were organized including: treasure hunts, meals, carol concerts, fairs, murder mystery dinner, sponsored walk and cycle rides. The Church raised over £25,600. Thank you to everyone at the Church for their efforts and especially to Jean Burnside.

Strickland  House – Capital appeal

Jean Burnside and Ross Allen from KEY view Strickland House with trustees from the John Laing Trust who were one of several grant making trusts that helped enable KEY to buy Strickland House.

Jean Burnside and Ross Allen from KEY view Strickland House with trustees from the John Laing Trust who were one of several grant making trusts that helped enable KEY to buy Strickland House.

Back in 2011 KEY launched a fundraising appeal so we could buy a house to provide additional supported accommodation.

In November 2013 we took ownership of Strickland House – a Victorian terrace house on the Lawe Top in South Shields. The property needed extensive refurbishment to modernize it.

KEY successfully raised £85,000 to help buy Strickland House and over £50,000 to refurbish and furnish the house. KEY also put in £50,000 of its own reserves.

Strickland House officially opened in April 2015. Four young people aged 16 – 24 are now living in a lovely new home and are receiving support from our resident staff. They help them to learn life skills so they can live independently in the future.

Law firm cash aid

South Tyneside College’s Alex Richards with Asmah Baig of Dickinson Dees and Alastair Freeburn from KEY.

South Tyneside College’s Alex Richards with Asmah Baig of Dickinson Dees and Alastair Freeburn from KEY.

Law firm Dickinson Dees kindly donated £300 to KEY to help our work with disadvantaged young people.

Newcastle based Dickinson Dees contacted South Tyneside College to see if it knew a worthy recipient for a charitable donation. College bosses recommended KEY. At the time KEY was holding weekly drop-in sessions at the college to support and advise young students with their housing problems.

Alex Richards, the college’s student services co-ordinator, said:

“When given the opportunity to apply for a charitable donation from Dickinson Dees, we straight away thought of applying on behalf of KEY to show how much we appreciate and value their work, not only in the college but throughout South Tyneside. ”

Asmah Baig from Dickinson Dees said:

“We were delighted to have been able to help KEY. When we heard of the work that was being done, we were only too willing to help this worthy cause.”

Sponsored Walk along the Coast

Sponsored walk along the Coast.

Sponsored walk along the Coast.

Young people, workers and volunteers raised £300 from doing a sponsored walk in June to raise funds to help the young people go away on residential trips.

The walk started at the Glass Centre in Sunderland and then followed the coastal path 7 miles to Haven Point in South Shields.

Along the way they stopped for a picnic lunch provided by local café, Mac’n’Alli’s, located in the centre of Westoe Crown Village. Mac’ n’ Alli Manager, Dee Clayton, said, “We like to give to charity wherever possible, especially charities that involve young people. They often get overlooked and we need to take care of them and give them hope.”

The young people who took part said they enjoyed the banter on the walk, and the calmness of being by the sea and having time to talk.

The walk was organised by South Tyneside’s Young People’s Homeless Consortium Services (KEY, DePaul UK, and Places for People) who work together to make sure that young people in South Tyneside, who are in danger of becoming homeless, have the best possible support to help them overcome their difficulties and lead happy and successful lives.

More fundraising ideas

Food donations from BT South Tyneside

Food donations from BT South Tyneside

There are many ways to raise money for KEY and make a difference to the lives of young people.

Challenges and events
Walking, Climbing, cycling and running events are a great way to fundraise for KEY. By asking friends for sponsorship, you can raise a huge amount, plus get fit at the same time. You can organise your own event, or look to take part in something big.

At work and home
Dress down days, coffee mornings, quizzes and golf days are just some ideas for you can raise money at work or at home with family and friends.

Corporate and community sponsorship
Whether it’s simply to make a donation or adopt KEY as your charity of the year. Support from local groups and associations such as religious groups, rotary, shops, businesses are always gratefully received by KEY.

Get in touch
Contact us for more ideas or advice on planning a fundraising activity and we’d be happy to help. If you would like to support our cause, or would like to book us to speak at one of your meetings, again just get in touch. We’d love to meet you and tell you about what we do!

If you are interested in volunteering for KEY, contact Stuart on 0191 4969710 or E-mail: stuartmeikle@keyproject.org.uk


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