HOMELESSNESS among young people in South Tyneside is being tackled head-on by a Tyne Dock-based church charity.
For 20 years the Key Project at St Mary’s Centre, in Whitehead Street, has supported young people aged 16 to 24 who are homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless.
As part of a Harvest Festival Appeal, 260 emergency support packs are now being distributed to young people in need.
They contain food such as soup, beans, coffee, sugar and biscuits, and toiletries – all donated by individuals and local churches and schools.
The need for the Key Project’s services grows year on year – with demand up by 50 per cent in the last 12 months alone.
Laura Rutherford, a business apprentice with the charity, thanked everyone who has supported the appeal.
She said: “Thanks to individuals, churches and schools and local volunteers for making up the emergency support packs.
“The Key Project has really brought home to me the difficulties young people are facing as a result of homelessness.
“It’s been an eye-opener.”
To find out more about the Key Project call 496 9710.