Welcome to the website of KEY – The Kent Estuary Youth Project.

We hope you enjoy browsing. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Thank you from the trustees and young people of KEY, (the Kent Estuary Youth project), to Val, to all the soup makers and bakers – and to all those who attended the Lent Lunches at St Thomas’.

We are very grateful for the grand sum of £736 that was raised for our funds


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 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.


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.


Our Vision and Values

Our vision is that young people in the area have the opportunity to achieve their full potential.

We will achieve our vision by engaging with young people to foster their personal, physical, social, and spiritual development and to enable them to make a positive contribution to the local community and to society.

Our core values are grounded in the Christian Faith: respect for each individual, justice, compassion, acceptance, love and equality for all, regardless of ethnicity, faith, gender, sexuality or ability.

Although we are a church-inspired organisation, we do not aim to recruit or convert young people to the Christian faith, we simply want to show the love of God by enabling young people to find security, purpose, and fulfilment in their lives.

Where and when do we meet?


1. Youth Café (Age 11 +):  Wednesdays, 3:30-5:30 pm @ M:HUB, Milnthorpe.

2. Senior Youth Club (Age 14 +): Thursdays, 7:00-9:00 pm @ Christ the King, Milnthorpe.


Consultation with Storth Primary School in planning stages.


Consultation in partnership with Arnside Youth Project (AYP) in planning stages.


Young People’s Playing Field Consultation Group – meetings held at prearranged times on an ongoing basis.

Please could you share your time and skills?