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Welcome to the website of KEY – The Kent Estuary Youth Project. We hope you enjoy browsing. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

If you click HERE you’ll be taken to our Photo Gallery where you’ll be able to see some of the things we get up to.
Once you’re there if you click on a photo the images will open in a carousel.

To view/download/print the application pack please click HERE

Who are we, and what do we do?


The KEY Project is based in the Kent Estuary area of Cumbria.  We aim to enable young people to ‘Unlock Their Potential’.  Our programme of work is designed to provide creative learning opportunities that appeal and engage with a wide range of young people within the community.  We are committed to being grounded in the community, and actively encourage and value the contribution of our local volunteers.

Our Structure

We are a registered charity, established as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation.  We are run by a trustees committee that meets regularly.

We value high levels of youth participation and so our programme of youth work is youth led – being developed through a consultation process between young people and our professional youth work staff.


KEY values high levels of youth participation. Our youth workers use their skills to work alongside young people in ways that ensure our programmes are youth led.


We are committed to being grounded in the community, supporting community and intergenerational initiatives and value the contribution of our local volunteers.

We value the relationships we have in the villages we work within and continue to build on these. We encourage interagency working and actively seek partnership working where possible.


KEY is an independent youth work charity, established by the Christian churches in the Kent Estuary. It is supported by the churches and by grant-giving trusts.

KEY values the personal, physical, emotional, and spiritual development of all young people. We aim to enable young people to ‘Unlock their Potential’. KEY employs professional youth workers to deliver informal education, opening creative learning opportunities in a varied programme of activities.