KeyRing runs two networks of support across the East and West of the City. They support vulnerable adults, older people and people with a learning disability or autism to live in their own home and community. They encourage people to make links to their communities by becoming part of the network of people who receive support from KeyRing. Members can engage with people in their network to share skills, make connections and stay safe within their community. They look at things like digital inclusion, sexual health and planning social events with their networks.
Support is centred around individual needs which may be practical, about learning new things or leisure based. Practical support might include, correspondence, bills and managing utilities, as well as support with benefit claims and reassessments. Members are assisted to:
- engage with work and volunteering opportunities
- access learning opportunities and leisure facilities
- develop social groups
Support may be as short as 12 weeks, so developing local communities is key.
Support is flexible and tailored to changing needs:
- weekly one-to-one support
- regular drop ins
- a monthly meeting
- access to social and cultural activities with other members
- 24 hour telephone service and reminder service
KeyRing looks for volunteers to join them. Not CQC registered as community based service.
KeyRing is commissioned by Newcastle City Council.