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Homeless charity moves to new site

Celebration: Key managing director Ursula Patten, chairman of trustees Gwen Crawford, the Mayor and Consort of South Ribble, Coun Dorothy Gardner and husband Melvyn, and Progress chief executive Jacqui De-Rose

Celebration: Key managing director Ursula Patten, chairman of trustees Gwen Crawford, the Mayor and Consort of South Ribble, Coun Dorothy Gardner and husband Melvyn, and Progress chief executive Jacqui De-Rose

A charity which supports young people facing homelessness has officially opened its new premises.

Key Unlocking Futures, which provides services for young people in South Ribble and Chorley who are homeless or worried they might become homeless, have moved into new premises in Leyland.

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

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

She said: “The new premises are a great resource and venue for young people to come to get help they need.

“I wish Key to prosper and succeed in their new offices.”

Attendees were invited to watch video diaries from two inspirational young people who were made homeless but with support from the charity, are now in work and 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, Chairwoman 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.”

The charity recently joined Progress Housing Group, which owns and manages motre than 10,000 homes, to extend its independent support work and provide much needed services.

Key predominantly provides support to young people up to the age of 25 who are homeless or worried that they might become homeless.

Key will celebrating its 20th anniversary later this year.

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