Partnership gives skills to youngsters

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An ambitious new partnership is aiming to help young people develop their skills, aspirations and independence.

North east charity Keyfund has signed up to a new strategic alliance with social landlord Isos Housing to engage with young people in communityies where Isos is most active.

A programme worth more than £100,000 will be delivered in certain areas of the north east, including the area known as the Triangle in North Shields.

Keyfund participants can be aged from 11 to 25, and are given practical, real-life opportunities to develop the personal skills and confidence they need to live sustainable, successful and independent lives and to become involved with the communities where they live.

Keith Loraine, chief executive of Isos, said: “We are really looking forward to seeing young people develop through the Keyfund programme, and deliver projects in the communities we serve.

“We see massive potential in working alongside Keyfund – our two organisations have a lot in common already in our commitment to young people, our values and our geographical reach.”

The strategic alliance between Isos and Keyfund will see the charity housed free of charge in an Isos office building on Balliol Business Park in North Tyneside.

Keyfund chief executive Hannah Underwood added: “We are delighted to build this strategic alliance with Isos so we can benefit more young people living in Isos communities.

“It is a tremendous endorsement for Keyfund that Isos fully believe in our work and the positive impact we have on the lives of young people.”

North Shields is one of six key target areas.