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
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.”
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Pupils chip in for the homeless
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.
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Tombolas are great ways to fundraise and raise awareness of homelessness.
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.
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 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.
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
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
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
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
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
There are many ways to raise money for KEY and make a difference to the lives of young people.
Challenges and events
At work and home
Corporate and community sponsorship
Get in touch
If you are interested in volunteering for KEY, contact Stuart on 0191 4969710 or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org