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Key marks official opening of new offices in Leyland

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The Mayor of South Ribble officially opens Key's new offices in Leyland The Mayor of South Ribble officially opens Key's new offices in Leyland

South Ribble based homeless charity, Key Unlocking Futures, have officially opened their new offices in Leyland with partner Progress Housing Group.

Key, which provides much needed services for young people in South Ribble and Chorley who are homeless or worried that they might become homeless, have moved into their new offices in Leyland town centre thanks to its new partner Progress Housing Group.

To celebrate, Key held an opening event, inviting local partners and young people to have a look around their new offices, which include two interview rooms, an activity room, showering facilities for the service users and a communal kitchen, which will be used when showing the young people how to cook and cooking on a budget.

The Mayor of South Ribble, Councillor Dorothy Gardner, officially opened the new offices by cutting a cake made the young people Key supports and Key staff.

The Mayor of South Ribble, Councillor Dorothy Gardner, said: “These new premises are a great resource and venue for young people to come to get the help they need. I wish Key to prosper and succeed in their new offices.”

Attendees were then invited to watch video diaries from two young people Key have recently supported who were made homeless but with support from the charity, are now in work and are living in their own homes.

Prior to moving into their new offices, Key was temporarily based in South Ribble Council’s Civic Centre, Leyland.

Gwen Crawford, Chair of Trustees at Key, said: “I would like to thank Progress Housing Group for their continued support and help in providing our new, more permanent offices, which will benefit the young people we support greatly.”

Key is a Lancashire based charity that recently joined Progress Housing Group, which owns and manages over 10,000 homes, to extend its independent support work and provide much needed services for local people. Key predominantly provides support to young people up to the age of 25 who are homeless or worried that they might become homeless. Over the last year Key has provided services to 493 homeless, or potentially homeless, young people in the South Ribble and Chorley areas of Lancashire.

The range of services provided by the charity includes information and advocacy to young people who are either homeless or faced with homelessness. Key also provides floating support to young people in their accommodation. It offers a drop-in service for young people, counselling and mediation services as well as employment coaching.

Like Progress Housing Group Key will soon celebrating its 20th anniversary since it was established in 1994.

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