KeyRing London and South East

We're always looking to work in new areas. Take a look through our existing London and South East services or contact our Regional Manager Sue Grant: sue.grant@keyring.org - 07958 482 954

Read about our London and South East projects below:

Bexley Service

In the Bexley borough we have two community hubs:

  • Wednesday Afternoon (2pm-5pm) in Erith Library
  • Thursday afternoon (2pm-5pm) in Sidcup Library.

The hubs are a chilled environment with Members who always welcome new faces. We do fun activities like discussions and games and are planning future events with exciting speakers coming to talk about different topics. With summer coming up, we plan to do more outdoor activities too. The hubs have a lovely atmosphere to make new friends and socialise with.

You can get support at the hubs from our approachable Community Enablers. They can help you with support needs in the hub as well as offering one to one support outside of the hub if you need it.

The hubs also have access to I.T. facilities, the Internet and access to a phone if you need help with something over the phone. With great transport links to get to the hubs, the hubs are easy to find in Erith and Sidcup. Please feel free to pop along for a chat and to get to know some new people!

Sometimes things happen

We can offer ‘Intensive Support’ for 4 hours a week for 12 weeks. This is to help Members who need more support. This can be with things like urgent issues with their tenancy, developing a Member’s ability to maintain their independence, providing support after the sudden loss of family support, assisting Members who have had a sudden reduction in income or to support Members with urgent health issues.

The hubs also have access to I.T. facilities, the Internet and access to a phone if you need help with something over the phone. With great transport links to get to the hubs, the hubs are easy to find in Erith and Sidcup. Please feel free to pop along for a chat and to get to know some new people!

If you want more information about KeyRing Bexley Service, please contact SUe Grant on 07958 482 954 or at sue.grant@keyring.org

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Croydon Service

KeyRing has supported Croydon residents for almost 25 years.

Our Support 

We support people with physical and learning disabilities throughout Croydon. They build on their strengths, work through any issues and connect with their local community. Support may be one to one or through the hubs or a combination. The key thing is that the support is flexible to the needs of the Member.

"If you need more help, we can see you more often. As you gain more skills and connections, you won’t need to see us as much."

Hubs

We provide group support and community connections opportunities in our Hubs.

Anyone is welcome to come along to our hubs. We have hub meetings on Fridays 2pm to 4pm at Croydon Central Library. They are a space run by our Members, where people can come together to discuss local issues and plan social activities. Sometimes guest speakers are invited to give some useful information or talk about interesting topics. Members often go on to the library café after the session to chat and catch up with each another.

Feel free to come along!

Our Community Enablers, staff team, are on hand at the hub to help if needed, and can offer some one to one support after the session. 

We will be working with Members to start up more hubs around Croydon over the coming year in other parts of the borough and focusing on different things.

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Referral

Please speak with your social worker in the first instance.

If you need any more information or to discuss whether KeyRing might be the right choice for someone you know then please do call me.

James Chester

07824 590 469

James.chester@keyring.org

Greenwich Networks

Greenwich is world-famous as the traditional location of the Prime Meridian, It is home to the Cutty Sark, and, two miles down the river, it is home to our Woolwich and Plumstead networks. 

Interestingly, to many of our football loving Members, Arsenal’s founding team were from Woolwich. 

Our Support

In 1995, we established a partnership with Royal Borough of Greenwich. We currently support 18 Members to live independently in their own homes. We responded to the challenges of an aging population and support people of many different ages. We are well equipped at supporting people to access health related services. Our aim is that people can live in their own home for as long as possible. Where more intensive support is needed we can help facilitate this by working with other organisations across the borough. 

We also work with people who are taking their first steps towards independence and build on their skills and help them develop new ones. 

The networks are supported by Community Enablers. There is a weekly hub which is held in the local community. We encourage people to become involved in their local community and provide them with opportunities to share their skills with other Members and build friendships. 

The service is for people living in the borough who have a learning disability.

How to refer

We are happy to discuss whether KeyRing is the right option for you, feel free to give Richard a call. People who are not eligible for services under the Care Act should not be discouraged from getting in touch. 

Richard.O’Malley@KeyRing.org 

07958 482 962

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Haringey Services

For information about our services in Haringey contact Lucia on 07852 868 077 or at lucia.fusko@keyring.org.

 

Islington Networks

KeyRing currently supports 19 Members across the Borough of Islington where we offer three tier membership to reflect the different levels of support that someone might need.

There is an opportunity for Members and newcomers to purchase additional hours of direct 1-1 support using Islington’s dynamic purchasing system.

Three Tier Membership details:

Full Membership: Full Members get direct support visits on a one to one basis every week.

For full-time Members this is a great opportunity to work towards their independence - some of them look forward to having someone visit them at home regularly, however a slow transition to associate membership with the back-up of the hub will eventually ease them in.

Associate Membership: Associate Members get direct support visits on a one to one basis every 2-4 weeks. Floating away from regular support is more applicable to Associate Members with the back-up of the hub. 

Linked In Membership: Linked In Members can phone our local Community Enabler and request one to one direct support in times of need.

In addition, all Members have an access to our community hub twice a week which is taking place every Tuesday and Thursday at the local accessible venues.

The hub provides a stable ‘go to’ in times of need but also serves as a social gathering which Members have grown accustomed to.

Introducing the drop-in sessions in forms of hubs has given us a great opportunity to be more accessible which consequently allows our Members to take more control of their daily tasks and activities, unlocks their potential and therefore allows them to be more spontaneous and independent.

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We hold regular monthly network meetings which are a great way for our Members to give feedback and share ideas about what types of activities they would like to engage in (board games, drama activities, arts and crafts, knitting and cross stitching, group trips) and any issues they feel need addressing.

Our flexible approach and the tiered support system allow us to give additional hours to those who need it the most (support to hospital appointments, benefit assessments, Jobcentre appointments, etc.) However at the same time it also supports the slow transition to Associate and Linked In membership by progressing to more independence while being connected to the local community throughout the whole process.

For information about our services in Islington contact Lucia on 07852 868 077 or at lucia.fusko@keyring.org.

 

Lambeth Services

Lambeth is a diverse and lively borough of London. It is home to one of the most iconic landmarks in London, the London Eye. It is also home to over 50 KeyRing Members.

Who do we work with?

Like the borough our KeyRing Members are lively and diverse. We work with a range of people who have learning difficulties and need support to build their independence. Some of the people we work with also have physical disabilities, mental health issues or a history with the Criminal Justice System.

A partnership approach

KeyRing services in Lambeth are a partnership with the Integrated Disabilities Team at Lambeth council.

We access housing through local Registered Social Landlords and Lambeth Housing.

How do we support people?

The support is flexible and is dependent on ongoing assessments and support planning of our service users. We work towards moving people away from paid support to self-help.

We have a tiered Membership level which reflects the needs of the people we support. This ranges from support that is more intensive to ‘Linked In’ Membership for those who just need a drop in service.

KeyRing focuses on the assets of the people we support and other people in the communities in which they live. We work together to find ways to activate those resources, capabilities and social capital to improve outcomes and wellbeing of our Members.

Each Member has their own named support worker.

Our focus is on the outcomes that Members want to achieve in their lives. The fundamental need is for a place where you are safe, in your own home and have an income to support yourself. This is our starting place and from here we work with our Members on their personal journeys.

We use the Outcomes Star tool because service users are in control of setting their outcomes and can easily see the journey they are on.

Community Support

It is important that people build their independence in the community. To help this, we have set up some hubs in the community. One is hosted alongside Clapham Library who provide us with a free meeting room. Another is held as a coffee morning at a local supermarket.

These hubs have helped to create a sense of belonging amongst Members. They can get some support at the hubs if they need it, in addition to their usual support time, but the main aim is to enable people to get involved in activities within their local community. They share ideas and upcoming events and socials. We have also welcomed several guest speakers including members of the council's cabinet, Learning Disability England and a recent delegation from South Korea.

Newburn Street

Newburn Street is a collaborative housing and support service between KeyRing and Metropolitan Housing Trust and the London Borough of Lambeth.

The service provides one-bedroom accommodation supported housing for adults with a learning disability who are looking to live more independently. Support focuses on equipping Members with the skills to live an independent life in a flat of their own. Newburn Street can be an ideal option for those wishing to move away from more intensive supported living options. Each Member at Newburn Street has an allocated key worker and support is flexible and based on the individual needs of Members.

How to refer

You can contact the Integrated Disabilities Service or you can speak with Richard to find out more information.

Richard.O’Malley@KeyRing.org

07958 482 962

Lewisham Networks

Our KeyRing Support Networks are based in New Cross Gate and Sydenham. There are nine Members in each network.

Support is provided by support teams, through group support, support from volunteers, other Members and the community. We have 24/7 helplines in case there are any problems.

A KeyRing Living Support Network helps people develop their independent living skills.

In Lewisham we have two networks which are each supported by a volunteer who lives in the area and knows the area well. These people are called Community Living Volunteers. We also have Community Connections Volunteers who can further support people to connect with their community.

We enable each Member to recognise their skills and explore what they want to achieve. Our focus is on helping them to become stronger and more connected.

We connect people with other Members of the network and encourage them to share their skills. This is called mutual support.

Our team of Community Enablers provide Housing Related Support. They are trained to start with what people can do and how they can increase independence. Support planning tools help our Members think about things they can do to improve their lives.

There are regular social events and a weekly coffee morning at Sainsbury’s, New Cross Gate.

Group of service users

A real sense of community and friendship underpins these services.

How to refer

You can speak with Richard to find out more information about our support in Lewisham.

Richard.O’Malley@KeyRing.org

07958 482 962

Southwark

The London Borough of Southwark is home to Borough Market, Southwark Cathedral and KeyRing’s networks which are based in Peckham and Nunhead.

It is a vibrant and diverse community with very active Members who provide lots of mutual support. They are active participants in their local communities.

These 20 Members are supported by a locally based Community Enabler who provides direct support with individuals. They also attend monthly network meetings where they can get together.

Our support enables people to build their independence, engage with their local community and share their skills.

Housing is provided by Southwark Housing and local Registered Social Landlords.

How to refer

You can speak with Richard to find out more information about our support in Southwark.

Richard.O’Malley@KeyRing.org

07958 482 962

Borough Market in Southwark

 

Westminster Network

Westminster is one of the most central boroughs of London full of history and culture.

Our KeyRing Support Network is based in Maida Vale. Located mainly in the City of Westminster, with parts overlapping into the London Borough of Camden, Maida Vale is situated north of Paddington in West London, between St John's Wood and Kilburn.

In Westminster, we currently have one network which is supported by Community Living Volunteer – a volunteer who lives in the area and knows the area well.

We focus on all that people can do

By having an individual approach, we are focussing on what each Member can do. We support people with Learning Disabilities to achieve what they never thought is possible by awakening their inner potential.

This approach consequently allows our Members to take more control of their daily tasks and activities and therefore allows them to be more spontaneous, independent, empowered and less reliant on services.

We enable each Member to recognise their skills and explore what they want to achieve. Our focus is on helping them to become independent and more connected with their communities. Every Member, with their KeyRing Community Volunteer, therefore co-produces an action plan which details member’s specific goals (both short and long-term), actions needed and more.

We provide flexible support

Our flexible approach allows us to give more time to those who need it the most (support to hospital appointments, benefit assessments, Jobcentre appointments, etc.). It also supports the steady transition and progress to more independence while being connected to the local community throughout the whole process.

Members do not wait for their support day to experience crisis. Nor can they always fit their issues into their allocated support hours. Therefore, our connected approach, with peers, volunteers, and staff, means we can allow for the ups and downs of life.

How to refer

If you need any more information about our work in Westminster or would like to discuss whether KeyRing might be the right choice for you or someone you know, please contact Lucia on 07852 868 077 or at lucia.fusko@keyring.org.

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The London Eye at Westminster

 

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