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Proud to attend the Charity Governance Awards tonight alongside 20 worthy charities. Key4Life shortlisted for impro… https://t.co/HCAlPdDqyC
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@Key4LifeUK were delighted to attend the @bt_uk Chairman's Awards this week hosted by Sir Mike Rake at the BT Tower… https://t.co/aeWIAdk9yb
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Eva Hamilton being interviewed about rehabilitation in prisons for @Sky1's young adult feature programme,… https://t.co/vnARdzGkQr
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RT @strachan_stacey: 8 sleeps! Please help me support the wonderful @Key4LifeUK by sponsoring me to run the #edinburghhalfmarathon https:…
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25 April 2017
Key4Life is recruiting! We are looking for an organised and passionate individual to join the Key4Life team as the London Employability & Alumni Manager. Please see the below form with more information and instructions on the application process. We are looking forward to seeing your applications.   London Employability Alumni Manager.pdf     Read more >>>
13 April 2017
Key4Life are looking to recruit a dedicated and passionate individual to join our exceptional team as the London Programme Manager. Please see the below form with more information and instructions on the application process. We look forward to seeing your applications.     London Programme Manager Person Spec April 2017.pdf Read more >>>
6 April 2017
Key4Life want to extend huge congratulations to our Somerset 'At Risk' 2016 programme, who graduated from Key4Life earlier this month at The Mendip District Council. Enormous change is present in all of the participant's journeys, with 79% in work, training or meaningful occupation. We are so proud of them all and enjoyed celebrating Read more >>>
24 March 2017
24th March 2017   We are delighted to announce a Department for Local Communities Fund is awarded to Key4Life, through Mendip District Council, to fund transitional post-programme support for our current preventative programme. Following the success of Key4Life’s ‘At Risk’ preventative pilot in 2015 for those at risk of going to prison Read more >>>
23 March 2017
Key4Life would like to extend a huge thank you to all businesses from Bristol and London including Social Pantry, BT, KPMG, TC Group, Aardman Animations, Arnolfini, Willis Towers Watson, MediaCom and Proxima for attending our employability workshop at HMP/YOI Portland to interview the 28 young men who all engaged so Read more >>>
22 March 2017
Drumroll please… tickets have gone on sale for Social Pantry’s Shoreditch Supper Club in support of Key4Life   On Wednesday 26th April leading chefs Alex Head of Social Pantry, Adam Handling from The Frog Restaurant, Anna Barnett Cooks, Richard Read more >>>
6 March 2017
Take a look at our latest Annual Review featuring messages from the Chairman Paul Sternberg and Founder and CEO Eva Hamilton MBE, our recent statistics and key developments in 2016, an outline of the Charity's methodology, recent events and much more. ANNUAL REVIEW FINAL RGB2.pdf   Please also see our Corporate Brochure Read more >>>
24 February 2017
Key4Life the youth offending rehabilitation Charity, releases their compelling end of Programme results: Only 8% overall have re-offended by the end of Key4Life’s year-long pre and post release prison rehabilitation programme for young offenders (18-26 years). 79% overall are in employment or meaningful occupation a year after release, compared to the 15% Read more >>>
24 February 2017
"Jonathan Joseph joins forces with Anthony Watson to help rehabilitation of young offenders" "It's been really interesting hearing and understanding more about the great work the team at Key4Life do," says Joseph. "We all benefit from second chances in life and these young men are no different. A second Read more >>>
23 February 2017
'Prisons are for rehabilitation, not just punishment', announces government 'Prison works' - that used to be the refrain of the Conservative Government. Now, the emphasis is shifting, with the Justice Secretary Liz Truss, changing the definition so that jails are seen as places for 'reform and rehabilitation', Read more >>>
15 February 2017
Key4Life's Client Support and Emotional Resilience Manager, Dave Gardiner was interviewed by BBC Points West in February on whether speech therapy is an effecitve tool to reduce the rate of youth re-offending.   "We see that young offenders are going back to prison within 18 months of leaving, Read more >>>
1 February 2017
Key4Life raised a record £115,000 at the 2017 Gala Dinner!   On Wednesday the charity launched the new 'What If' campaign with Sir Bob Geldof, over 400 guests and performances from Jools Holland OBE and Jordan Stephens. A huge thank you to our event sponsors; Geometry Read more >>>
24 January 2017
7 days to go until the KEY4LIFE ANNUAL GALA AUCTION! Click on the link to browse 73 incredible prizes for you to bid on before JAN 31st. Lucky auction winners will be announced on the night - Feb 1st.   We have everything from Read more >>>
19 January 2017
Thanks to: the Team at HMP/YOI Portland, Pablo and the QPR Trust, KSI, Kenny Allstar, Sway, Creepa, Junior, Charlie Black, Jerome; Twarnie and Painted Horse who made Key4Life's two days of 'UNLOCK" workshops at Portland Prison possible.   In the first step of Key4Life's programme, known as UNLOCK, we brought Read more >>>
18 January 2017
Teaser! Anthon being filmed at Geometry Global. Preparing for the 'What If campaign, we will be launching at our Gala Dinner on the 1st February. Who was your Key4Life? #Inspire #WhatIf Read more >>>
9 January 2017
Important day for Key4Life piloting our new MENTOR Plus scheme.   Our beneficiaries are at the heart of our mission, so we are now undertaking further training to help them support future participants! Read more >>>
25 December 2016
Key4Life wishing Happy Holidays and the very best for the New Year! Thank you to all our supporters who make our work possible, see you in 2017! Read more >>>
12 December 2016
Today, Ariyo started his 3 month placement at BPP University within their IT department. Ariyo successfully completed a six month internship at a leading insurance firm in the City of London. With a rising interest in IT & Technology, Ariyo has been hired by BPP University as an On-Site Support Read more >>>
11 December 2016
Anthon, Key4Life Support Worker and Mentor speaks to ITV on his experiences and his ideas on youth re-offending and secure schools.   Follow the link to watch the full clip: http://www.itv.com/news/2016-12-11/secure-schools-set-up-in-bid-to-cut-youth-reoffending/ Read more >>>
7 December 2016
Anthon, Key4Life Support Worker & Mentor, and Eva Hamilton MBE, Founder and Chief Executive of Key4Life, spoke at the All Parliamentary Group on Music to demonstrate the value of music programmes in prison. Anthon has been singing since a young age, and now dedicates time to Music composition and production. Read more >>>
29 November 2016
London Support Meeting led by Peter Sheridan, business coach, and hosted at Talbot Underwriting in the City of London   Open discussion on what your ideal business what look like, what transferable skills we can bring to a company and methods to budget our Read more >>>
24 November 2016
Inspiring presentation to all senior staff and governors from South West prisons with two participants previously at HMP/YOI Portland. Michael and Zac, talked about their journey into work since being in prison. Michael said: "It's so interesting to see the governors from all these prisons, Read more >>>
15 November 2016
Join Key4Life in celebrating it's ANNUAL CHARITY FUNDRAISER on Wednesday 1st February 2017 @ The Grand Connaught Rooms in Holborn, London, WC2B 5DA   Featuring an exclusive performance by JOOLS HOLLAND & celebrating Key4Life entering it's 5th YEAR   Black tie.   rsvp essential or visit: www.key4life.org.uk/events Read more >>>
26 October 2016
Key4Life are proud to announce that we have been shortlisted as one of the 30 final charities in the Guardian Charity Awards 2016. Over 700 worthy charities applied so we are humbled to have made the final 30 alongside other inspiring organisations.   This Read more >>>
9 October 2016
Over 150 people walked across London in aid of Key4Life, from Sloane Square to the O2 Arena in North Greenwich! Key4Life thanks all the supporters of the Gaucho City Walk and the inspirational team at Gaucho Restaurants for the crucial funds raised Read more >>>
4 September 2016
Congratulations to the Key4Life team for running the Bridgewater 10k in just over an hour. Thanks to you we have raised over £7,000 in memory of Tom Parsons. Please continue to help us reach our 10K target for this run: https://mydonate.bt.com/events/tomparsonskey4life or TEXT the words KEYL77 £10 to 70070 (or any Read more >>>
1 September 2016
Sarah Farrell, Key4Life's Fundraiser and Corporate Development Manager, is preparing to run 10K this Sunday in support of the Tom Parsons Memorial Fund. Share Tom's Story & show your support at: https://mydonate.bt.com/events/tomparsonskey4life. Sarah is running for Tom "because his story inspired me and this is a positive thing to do Read more >>>
31 August 2016
Joanna Hide, South West Mentor Manager, says: “We were training Tom Parsons to become a Mentor: he truly understood what our young men have been through and was so enthusiastic about helping others. We are simply running to help keep his memory alive.” Joanna is joining in to run 10K in Read more >>>
30 August 2016
Emma Tizzard, South West Programme Manager, is running 10K with Key4Life this Sunday to raise funds for the Tom Parsons Memorial Fund. She says: "I'm doing the run to help change other people's lives who share a similar story to Tom. Bless you Tom it was a privilege to work Read more >>>
29 August 2016
Key4Life on BBC Radio 4's Rethinking Clink: Thanks to Ariyo and Anthon speaking about their rehabilitation and how Key4Life has helped to prepare them for the world of work for the fascinating programme on the history of postwar prison reform on Radio 4 broadcast. Please do tune in: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07rg516   Read more >>>
28 August 2016
"I'm doing this run because Tom was one of the bravest young men I have ever met. It is him who has given me the inspiration to want to help other young men like him." Eva Hamilton MBE Founder & Chief Executive of Key4Life is running 10k in memory of Tom Read more >>>
23 August 2016
Thank you Social Pantry for hosting a dinner for Key4Life last week! The catering company has played a crucial role in supporting Key4Life by offering employment and 3-day Work Taster opportunities to the young men on our programme. Thank you for all your continued support! Read more >>>
12 August 2016
Key4Life is a team of incredibly passionate people, doing amazing things every day.   After two years with Key4Life our Ops Manager Vida is stepping down, and welcoming new team member Sanjay to the role. Vida will continue to support Key4Life this autumn in a part time campaigning role. Thank you Vida Read more >>>
4 August 2016
A short film (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnslsIZq7Hk) from Key4Life to share Tom's story with the world. Tom was an inspiration to all who knew him: he had overcome many challenges in his life and wanted to help others who had been through the care system. He was looking forward to motivating other Read more >>>
3 August 2016
Key4Life continues to deliver the programme at HMP Wormwood Scrubs ‪prison‬ with a session focusing on Employability‬ skills and interview techniques. We had inspiring presentations from employers, including John Cavanagh (Willis Towers Watson), Alex Head (Social Pantry), Simon North (Geometry Global), and Rob Carter from Chaucer Syndicates.   Ariyo, from our previous cohort, Read more >>>
2 August 2016
Thank you to Chaucer Syndicates for hosting tonight's London support meeting! It was a great opportunity for the young men to practice their interview technique and catch up with their Mentors. Read more >>>
22 July 2016
Fantastic review with Andrew after he completes his 3-day Work Taster at the Global Insurance company Willis Towers Watson. His experience included a day in their offices in Ipswich and 2 days in The City of London. Andrew has “shocked and amazed everyone” he met in the company through his “ability Read more >>>
16 July 2016
Please show your support for Liz Polding who this afternoon completed a gruelling 100k ultra-marathon (62 miles - over TWO DAYS) Race to the Stones in the summer heat to raise money for Key4Life! The funds Liz raises from her just giving page will be the first donation made Read more >>>
15 July 2016
Key4Life's young men have been busy this week completing 3-day Work Tasters at leading employers, gaining valuable experience of the work place! Leon and Shevane both completed Work Tasters at Global Insurance firm Willis Towers Watson with early starts and incredible networking opportunities in the City of London. Thank you Read more >>>
15 July 2016
Yeo Valley, who visited Portland Young Offender Institution with Key4Life & other employers earlier in the year. This week they hosted their first Key4Life Work Taster in sunny Somerset. Nathan had a brilliant time and got a great deal from the experience. Just look at that view! The Key4Life team Read more >>>
27 June 2016
Hassan has completed his 3-Day Work Taster at The Social Pantry, a leading catering company in London!   Alex Head, Founder & Managing Director said: "Not only did Hassan work hard and fully commit to the role, but was also a great member of the team. He showed great initiative within the Read more >>>
13 June 2016
Key4Life now has an Instagram account! Follow us on: @Key4Lifeuk   #prison #prisonreform #charity #youth #rehabilitation #employment Read more >>>
9 June 2016
Wonderful to finish two fantastic days at HMP Wormwood Scrubs with a Music Workshop featuring Jordan, from Rizzle Kicks, Sway DaSafo and Young Spray. Thanks for joining Key4Life!  Read more >>>
6 June 2016
Busy week ahead at Key4Life! After meeting the young men on the new programme last week, we will be at HMP Wormwood Scrubs again on Wednesday and Thursday. Two full days of activities planned in the prison, working alongside QPR Football and our Music Workshop with Universal Read more >>>
31 May 2016
Hundreds of beautiful blue balloons were sent up into the sky today to celebrate Tom Parsons.   Over 150 family and friends attended the moving service celebrating Tom’s life. Tom's family wish to set up the Tom Parsons' Memorial Fund so that more young people who struggle, and have been or are Read more >>>
27 May 2016
Today we received the fantastic news that Key4Life has been recognised in the Queen’s Speech debate in the House of Lords as an example of best practice in youth offender rehabilitation! A copy of the transcript was sent to us this morning with a letter attached from Lord German OBE, addressing Key4Life and Read more >>>
15 May 2016
We are sad to share the devastating news that Tom Parsons passed away yesterday at his home with a suspected heart attack. This extraordinary and brave 20-year-old young man was mentoring with the charity and inspiring young men on the current programme last Friday. He was about Read more >>>
28 April 2016
Congratulations to Suhail! Suhail was in the London Programme in 2015. He has been working at Social Pantry for 7 months now. Social Pantry is a dedicated team of experienced chefs, event planners and waiting staff, and is now the go-to London Caterer for events!   Social Pantry shared wonderful feedback with the Read more >>>
25 April 2016
Key4Life completed the final step of employability (Stage 3 of a 7 Stage programme) at HMP/YOI ISIS before the young men will all be released from prison. Key4Life brings business leaders and potential employers into the prison to conduct interviews with the young men for their 3-day Work Tasters, which Read more >>>
24 April 2016
HAPPY SUNDAY AT YEOpen DAY! Pictured, Sarah Meade, Head of Yeo Valley with Eva Hamilton OBE and Joanna Hide (Somerset Mentor Manager), busy recruiting new volunteer Mentors for our Somerset Preventative Programme starting in September!   Sign up to be a Mentor Volunteer TODAY: e-mail: joanna.hide@key4life.org.uk  Read more >>>
22 April 2016
Thanks to Mendip Council for inviting Key4Life to present to all CEOs and Leaders of Somerset Council today. And particularly, thanks to Tom and Aaron for sharing their stories on how much they have gained through the K4L Programme. Read more >>>
21 April 2016
Redwan, pictured here with John Cavanagh, Global CEO of Willis Re., has just completed a 3 day Work Taster at the Insurance Company in London! This is the second Work Taster Redwan has successfully completed and enjoyed, after having done his first one at Nicholas Taylor & Associates (NT&A), a specialised Read more >>>
12 April 2016
PLEASE SIGN UP!   We are RECRUITING MENTORS in the SOUTH WEST for our Somerset Preventative Programme starting in September 2016. If interested, please join us at our Introductory Evening. When? Monday 9th May, 6-9pm   Where? 12 Hides, Quarry Lane, Butleigh, Somerset, BA6 8TE After this meeting, there will be 3 additional training evenings provisionally booked as Read more >>>
30 March 2016
Key4Life held a breakfast event alongside Colin Stanbridge, the Chief Executive of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Wednesday 30th March. Thank you to everyone at Gaucho for hosting the event. What a success to get in new pledges and london based companies on board! It was a delight to Read more >>>
29 March 2016
Liz Polding from BPP Law School will be running a 100k ultra marathon over 2 days in July in aid of Key4Life. Two 50K runs in two days: a true inspiration. Thank you!   To donate follow the link to her JustGiving Page here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Elizabeth-Polding Read more >>>
18 March 2016
Successful day at MediaCom introducing some of the young men on our programme to a day of work experience in a Media Agency. Huge thank you to the team at MediaCom! Read more >>>
13 March 2016
Huge thank you to Josh Cooper at CCL who ran the Bath Half Marathon in 1:51:45 and raised £260 for Key4Life! Well done! Read more >>>
9 March 2016
Our short film starring Sir Bob Geldof, Naughty Boy and Fizzy has been featured on ITV! Remember that it was Sir Bob who helped launch the charity in 2012 with a charity concert at North Cadbury Court.   Please see  the link to the news story:  http://www.itv.com/news/west/2016-03-09/bob-geldof-backs-somerset-young-offenders-charity/   Link to our video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=-RWZ1fKe9gg    Read more >>>
4 March 2016
Last night we held our Gala Dinner at The Lancaster London. It was an absolutely huge success and we are extremely grateful to everyone that supported us. During the evening we were are able to preview a film that Naughty Boy, Fizzy Montana and Sir Bob Geldof took part in that Read more >>>
2 March 2016
We are delighted to announce that Rizzle Kicks are confirmed to play at the Gala Dinner tomorrow night. Read more >>>
29 February 2016
This morning Eva, CEO and Founder of Key4Life along with one of our London participants and his mother spoke on BBC Radio 4 programme Women's Hour. They were talking to Key4Life about the importance of the work we do with the families of the young men. If you missed the Read more >>>
29 February 2016
With the help of Naughty Boy recording has begun of the new Key4Life EP. Last week participants across all programmes went to the Ealing studios to begin recording. The album will be launched later this year but we will be previewing a track at Thursday Gala Dinner. Read more >>>
22 February 2016
In advance of the Key4Life Gala dinner on 3rd March, our Silent Auction has now gone live. We have detailed the link and instructions on how to bid below. We have some fantastic prizes and even if you are unable to attend on the evening then you can still contribute Read more >>>
15 February 2016
BBC Radio Solent and BBC Spotlight feature Key4Life
Over the last week we have had some positive coverage from BBC Radio Solent and BBC Spotlight.   The talented Leigh Rundle was allowed to film inside HMP Portland during our last session (something that hasn't been allowed before) and explains, along with the help of mentors and participants what Key4Life is Read more >>>
11 February 2016
Curtis was on the Key4Life Somerset preventative programme and graduated in November
To whom it may concern   I have worked at YHC Yeovil for almost 8months now. The guys at YHC treat me with a lot of respect. Some of them have a bit of a past. We’ve all got a past. I’ve got a past but it’s passed. It’s the first job I’ve Read more >>>
11 February 2016
We held our first employability workshop at HMP Portland this week
We held our first employability workshop at HMP Portland this week. During the session the young men heard from Andy Parker of YHC, Maria Spooner of Greencore and Sonya McMillan of Groundwork. They learnt about how to present themselves at interview, the importance of being present in the moment and Read more >>>
11 February 2016
Lambie-Nairn take the bronze prize for their campaign with Key4Life, coming third place on the 'Effectiveness is more than sales' Award at the DEA 2016 (Design Effectiveness Awards).   Vida with Jo & Andi from Lambie-Nairn. Read more >>>
18 January 2016
Our annual Gala Dinner is being held at Lancaster Hotel
There are still a few tickets left for our Gala Dinner that is being held on March 3rd at The Lancaster London. You can either buy a table or individual tickets. For more information either visit www.key4Life.org.uk/events or email emma.tizzard@key4life.org.uk.   Last year’s event was a Read more >>>
17 January 2016
Our first programme with HMP/YOI Portland began last week
Last week we started our programme with HMP/YOI Portland, working with 16 young men. We had a such a positive two days delivering horses, football, music and behavioral change workshops to the young men. We couldn’t have done it without the support of our fantastic team. Thanks to Pablo Blackwood Read more >>>
3 January 2016
What an exciting and positive year 2016 will be
We start our programme with HMP Portland in the next week and shortly after, our second programme with HMP/YOI Isis begins.   We have our annual Gala Dinner in March (for more details please visit www.key4life.org.uk/events) and we then hope to start our second preventative programme in Read more >>>
16 December 2015
2015 has been an incredible year at Key4Life and we are delighted to announce the following:   HMP/YOI Isis Programme in London:   Current re-offending rate of 14% compared to a Government rate of over 70%   86% completed Work Tasters and 70% secured employment or training     Watch a film on the London programme here: https://youtu.be/NHQjuee-8N0      'At Read more >>>
26 November 2015
Jake Leyland ran the Wimbledon Half Marathon in aid of Key4Life
We are hugely grateful to Jake Leyland who ran the Wimbledon Half Marathon in aid of Key4Life in a record time of 1.34hrs on Sunday!! Sponsorship is still open and you can pledge your support at https://www.justgiving.com/jake-leyland/   Read more >>>
25 November 2015
Sir Mike Rake, Chairman of BT hosted an exclusive dinner at the BT Tower
On Monday night Sir Mike Rake, Chairman of BT hosted a celebratory evening at the BT Tower in honour of Key4Life and the young men that have taken part.   We were joined by over 40 business leaders including John Cavanagh, CEO of Willis Re. who has played an instrumental role in Read more >>>
23 November 2015
This morning Radio 4 ran a piece about Key4Life with Sir Mike Rake, Chainman of BT and one of Key4Life's National Partners.   If you missed it this morning then you can listen again by following the link below:   bbc.in/1NWMNSQ      Read more >>>
23 November 2015
Tonight sees the launch of our newest video
Tonight, at an exclusive event hosted by Sir Mike Rake we will be launching our newest video which celebrates the London Cohort and the journey they have made since we first met them.   Please watch this fantastic video which has been produced by the talented Ali Fielder and Fizzy Montana. Read more >>>
12 November 2015
Last night the London Graduation Ceremony was held at Leon
Yesterday evening we were delighted to hold the graduation ceremony for the London Cohort. John Vincent, co-founder and CEO of Leon kindly hosted the evening where the young men were joined by their families and mentors.   We are immensely proud of how much these young men have achieved over the Read more >>>
11 November 2015
Stuart Brown CEO of Mendip Council hosts graduation
Yesterday afternoon we held the Somerset Graduation Ceremony which Stuart Brown CEO of Mendip Council kindly hosted at the Mendip Council Chambers. We were delighted to be joined by the young men’s friends, families and mentors as well as a number of businesses and councillors from the local area.   We were Read more >>>
11 November 2015
The talented Ali Fielder and Fizzy Montana have put together a fantastic video which shows us all just how far the young men on the Somerset Programme have come. Please follow the link below:   https://youtu.be/QjGtP9ebqWs   Read more >>>
5 November 2015
Filming has begun for the new Key4Life short film
Last week we started to make a new Key4Life film celebrating the success of the young men that have taken park in the most recent programme. We wanted to share this fantastic 'behind the scenes' picture of Albie and his boss Ben Purton at The Lancaster Hotel. Read more >>>
5 November 2015
On Monday we held a Somerset support evening for our young men on our preventative programme. After the success of his workshop in London, we were so pleased that Julian Hitch was able to come to Somerset and join us. We were also joined by Fizzy who was on our Read more >>>
26 October 2015
John Vincent, Co-Founder and CEO of Leon hosted our support meeting for the London Cohort this month. On hand was also Martial Arts Instructor Julian Hitch to work with the young men. It was a fantastic opportunity for the young men and we are so grateful for John's support and Read more >>>
14 October 2015
On Tuesday & Wednesday the Somerset Residential took place at Hestercombe House
On Tuesday 5th October 5 of the young men from the Somerset cohort undertook a 2 day rural residential with 1610 Active at Hestercombe House. It was a fantastic 2 days which included team games, raft building, camping, managing their 'ration' packs, paintballing and emotional resilience work. A huge thank Read more >>>
12 October 2015
The London cohort and Key4life team had a fantastic opportunity to have a tour of the Houses of Parliament with MP Damian Collins as their tour guide. Read more >>>
5 October 2015
We are currently recruiting mentors for the New Year
We are currently recruiting mentors for three programmes that will be commencing next year. We are looking for people in the London, Somerset & Dorset areas. If you are interested in becoming a mentor then please complete the form which can be found on the mentoring page of the website. Read more >>>
28 September 2015
Former offenders showcase their new careers
On Friday 25th September the Key4Life team presented to all the staff at HMP/YOI Isis. Three former young offenders showcased their new careers paths with all the staff at the same time. Huge congratulations to them and all our young men are doing so well. Read more >>>
16 September 2015
Sam, who is part of the current London Cohort, was interviewed by the BBC on Wednesday 16th September about his past challenges and new life since Key4Life. He spoke of how "Key4life gave me the chance to change". We wanted to share these lovely pictures of Sam during his interview which Read more >>>
27 August 2015
On Thursday 27th August the Lancaster Hotel put on an inspiring workshop (and a delicious lunch!) for the London cohort - thank you so much to all of the team there. Read more >>>
6 August 2015
Key4Life and it's young men record another EP and present it to Island Records
Over the last month Key4Life and it's young men have been working on an EP along with the inspirational writer Caspar Walsh. On Tuesday afternoon the team met again, bringing together young men from all three programmes. With the help of J Rokka & MC Dis-Arm from the House of Read more >>>
6 August 2015
On Wednesday the young men who are currently on our Somerset Programme went up to London. During the day they got to meet with Darcus Beese of Island records and have a tour of Universal Music. They also had the chance for a tour of QPR and a talk from Read more >>>
2 August 2015
Josh, who is part of the London Programme attended his second work taster with Gaucho
Josh, one of our young men from the London Programme, attended his second work taster of the programme with Gaucho Restaurants. He spent his time at the Tower Bridge and Richmond Restaurants where he excelled at prepping side dishes and deserts and he even made the staff food which everyone loved.   Thank you Read more >>>
2 August 2015
On Wednesday 29th July 7 young men form the Somerset Programme along with Key4Life Staff had an interesting day at 1610
On Wednesday 29th July 7 of the young men from the Somerset Programme along with the Key4Life team spent the day at 1610 in Bridgwater. The day consisted of work on employment, learning about the 1610 apprenticeship scheme, team building games, confidence and dealing with unwanted emotions. It was a Read more >>>
27 July 2015
Another of the Key4Life participants has been offered a permanent job
Following the success of Suhail's Work Taster at Camden Garden Centre he has been offered a full-time permanent position starting today!  We are pleased to share this picture with you of Suhail with Peter, the manager of Camden Garden Centre.       Read more >>>
12 July 2015
The Somerset Programme started its first week of work tasters
On Monday 6th July the Somerset Programme kicked off its first week of work tasters. This is the first time Key4Life has worked with businesses in the Somerset area and we are delighted to report that it was a great week with really positive feedback from both the young men Read more >>>
8 July 2015
Our work tasters continue to be a huge success
Our work tasters continue to prove be a huge success with our young men both in London and Somerset. We are pleased to share this picture of Samuel with you looking extremely smart on his first day at Currell in Islington. Read more >>>
5 July 2015
Last Monday & Tuesday we ran our two day Rural Residential for some of the young men recently released from HMO/YOI Isis
Last Monday & Tuesday we ran our two day rural Residential (part of the 7 step model) for some of the young men who have recently been released from HMP/YOI Isis.   It was fantastic to see the young men in Somerset! During the two days they underwent emotional and behavioural change Read more >>>
5 July 2015
The George Frewer Charity Race Evening took place on July 2nd in aid of Key4Life
On Thursday 2nd July, The George Frewer Charity Race evening was held in aid of Key4Life at Newbury Racecourse. With over 250 guests attending we all watched in anticipation as the riders took to their horses for the first race in aid of Key4Life.   We were delighted that Victoria Pendleton made Read more >>>
28 June 2015
Olympic champion Victoria Pendleton swaps cycling for horse racing in aid of Key4Life
Earlier this year Victoria Pendleton announced her partnership with online betting company Betfair to train to become an amateur jockey. Read more >>>
8 June 2015
We held our first Somerset Corporate Breakfast Meeting at Charlton House on Friday 5th June.
On Friday 5th June we held our first Corporate Breakfast meeting at Charlton House. We saw over 30 local businesses and key influencers gather to hear about the work Key4life is doing in Somerset and in particular the importance of work tasters. we were delighted that the young men from Read more >>>
3 June 2015
BBC Radio Somerset's Breakfast show recorded an interview with Key4life
On Monday Charlie Taylor, BBC Radio Somerset Reporter came to Butleigh to meet with Eva and one of our young men currently on the Somerset Programme, Curtis. We got a great picture of Curtis and Charlie with Carlos the horse!   The interview was played on today's Breakfast Show on BBC Radio Read more >>>
2 June 2015
Some of the young men from London came down to Somerset for an away day
Josh Lindie and Pablo Sharpe from our HMP/YOI Isis programme along with Fee Gonzales from our pilot programme came down to Somerset and had a fantastic day riding. It was so good to see them out of London and we are really looking forward to seeing all the young men from Read more >>>
25 May 2015
On the 18th & 19th May the Somerset Programme was launched with 9 young men
On the 18th & 19th May the Somerset Programme was launched. This is the first programme that Key4life has run outside of prison. We are working with a group of 9 young men who are either potentially at risk of offending or who have recently been released from prison. They Read more >>>
13 May 2015
One of our young men Josh, has now completed his work taster.
As another one of our young men is released, he has goes on to successfully complete a 3 day work taster with BT in Chessigton. The work tasters are proving to be really positive and we are immensely proud of the young men on our programme - keep up the good Read more >>>
8 May 2015
The George Frewer Charity Race Evening & Dinner is being held on the 2nd July in aid of Key4life.
On the 2nd July The George Frewer Charity Race Evening is being held at Newbury Racecourse in aid of Key4life. Your ticket for the evening includes:   • Entry ticket to the race meeting • 7 Races including The George Frewer Charity Race (5.55pm)• Signature menu by Celebrity Chef Mark Hix & his team• Read more >>>
3 May 2015
Here is a great picture of Derral during his work taster with the team at Wills Re along with Vida, Key4life's London Programme Manager. Read more >>>
29 April 2015
Our work tasters continue as more of our young men are released
As more of our young men are released they continue to start their 3 day work tasters. Its proving to be a great success and we are pleased to share this picture with you of Derral.   Derral has just had his first day working in the City for Willis Re. We Read more >>>
17 April 2015
Suhail Ahmed started his work taster this week with BT
We are pleased to share this photo of Suhail Ahmed with his Manager Chris Rush on the third day of his Work Taster at BT. Suhail has been working on the telephone exchange all over South East London. Read more >>>
14 April 2015
The launch of John Cavanagh's Album was a great success with all proceeds going to Key4life
Over two hundred guests celebrated last night at the launch of John Cavanagh's new album, The People's Republic of Stepney with all proceeds going to Key4Life. Galvanising the city to support the charity, John has raised over £125,000.    Key4Life participant, Suhail Ahmed and Pablo Sharpe attended the brilliant party in the Secret Read more >>>
12 April 2015
Our second participant was released from HMP/YOI Isis last week
We are pleased to share this photo of Pablo Sharpe with his mentor James Hyde following his release from HMP/YOI Isis on Friday. We will keep you updated on Pablo's progress over the next few months as he continues to work with his mentor and Key4life. Read more >>>
8 April 2015
Key4life launch a short film alongside George The Poet
Key4life has launched a short film that was directed and produced by Leigh Rundle from the BBC and previewed a new track produced by George the Poet and some of the young men that have been through the Key4Life programme. We're delighted to share this with you - we hope Read more >>>
8 April 2015
The proceeds from John Cavanagh's latest album is kindly being donated to Key4life
John Cavanagh is a London-based musician, best known for his participation in 1980's indie bands Mugshots and Passion Blades. John's first solo record, Branch Road, was released in 2009. John's music reflects his love of reggae and ska and  offers an eclectic mix of different styles and sounds. John donates all Read more >>>
6 April 2015
Key4life's first participant from the HMP/ YOI Isis programme has been released
The first participant taking part in Key4life's programme at HMP/ YOI Isis was released at the end of last month. We are delighted to share this picture with you of him working hard on his first day at work since being released. Over the next few months our other participants will Read more >>>
19 March 2015
With over 200 guests and some very special guest performances, Key4life's gala dinner was a roaring success
Last night over 300 people attended our Gala Dinner at the wonderful Porchester Hall. During the night guests previewed George the Poet's new music video and track in which some of the young men who have been through and benefitted from the key4life programme featured. We also saw a video produced by the Read more >>>
9 March 2015
Emeli Sande confirmed to play at our Gala Dinner!
Very excited to announce that Emeli Sande will be performing at our Gala Dinner on the 18th March!!   If you would like more information about the evening, including tickets please contact Vida Scannell - vida.scannell@key4life.org.uk Read more >>>
6 March 2015
Our silent auction is now open!
As part of our Gala Dinner on the 18th March we are holding a silent auction. We have some incredible prizes on offer this year so please follow the link below to start browsing and placing your bids! Anyone is welcome to bid so please share the link with friends Read more >>>
1 March 2015
Participants from our pilot programme are now in employment
We are delighted to report that many participants from our pilot programme at HMP/YOI Ashfield are now in employment.   Tom Armstong (pictured) lives with his partner in Wareham and is working as a chef at The Antelope. He has a two year old son who he sees on a regular basis.   Chis Read more >>>
1 March 2015
Eva meets with Pablo Blackwood at the QPR Stadium
Eva met with Pablo Blackwood at the QPR stadium last month to conduct an interview and photo-shoot to highlight the work they do as part of our mentoring programme. Pablo Blackwood is a Key4Life mentor and also runs the football workshops on behalf of QPR as part of our rehabilitation Read more >>>
1 March 2015
George the Poet records a new EP for Key4life
We are so excited that George the Poet recorded a new EP with some of the young men who have graduated from our pilot Programme at HMP/YOI Ashfield. It was a great day had by all and we are really pleased that George the Poet is supportive in the work Read more >>>
30 January 2015
Pablo Sharpe is one of five prisoners to win The Evening Standard's entrepreneurship competition
We are delighted to announce that Pablo Sharpe, one of our 14 participants from the programme we are running at HMP/YOI Isis is one of five winners of the Evening Standard's entrepreneurship competition. He will receive funding and a place at the School for Social Entrepreneurs for his ecologically friendly Read more >>>
13 January 2015
Employability Workshop at HMP/YOI Isis
Mentors were matched with our young men today at an employability workshop run in partnership with BT Read more >>>
25 November 2014
New Programme at HMP/YOI Isis
We started our new programme today at HMP/YOI Isis, helping rehabilitate 14 young men. Football, music and equine therapy workshops were run inside the prison in partnership with QPR, Universal Music and Heartshore Horses.  Read more >>>
20 November 2014
Eva Hamilton with Darcus Beese of Island Records and Stuart Worden, Principal of The Brit School
The Brit Trust have very generously decided to continue supporting Key4Life. Their funding will go towards our new programme at YOI Isis helping rehabilitate 14 young offenders. Read more >>>
20 November 2014
'Best of the Best' in 'Social Responsibility' has just been awarded to our design agency Lambie Nairn
Our design agency Lambie Nairn has just been awarded 'Best of the Best' in the category of 'Social Responsibility' at 'The Red Dot Awards: Communication Design' for their Key4Life campaign. Enormous thanks to the wonderful team at Lambie Nairn and all their help with our 2014 campaign. We very much Read more >>>
21 October 2014
On September 25th Key4Life ran a training day for our current and new mentors in central London.
We were delighted to welcome Niall Bryant, Head of Reducing Reoffending at HMP YOI ISIS. We had lots of fun with role playing throughout the day. Our thanks to Sue Terry Voices for giving us their offices for the day and to Sally Rustom and Efe Ezekiel for leading the training. Read more >>>
21 October 2014
New programme at HMP/YOI Isis.
We are delighted to announce that we will be starting a new programme with young men from HMP YOI ISIS in East London. We will be helping to rehabilitate young men and help them onto a new path through work with horses, sport and music and preparing them for work. Read more >>>
30 June 2014
Our midsummer pre-Glastonbury concert was a roaring success with almost £10,000 being raised.
See photos below of Jerry Hall, Jeanne Marine - Paris-Texas and the Uke; the Key4Life band; Hozier; The Wild Colonnials. Read more >>>
28 June 2014
After the amazing concert on Thursday, the Daily Mail wrote an article mentioning Jerry Hall and Jeanne Marine's performance at the Key4Life concert
Read the full article here:   http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2672445/Debbie-Harry-68-Jerry-Hall-57-prove-theyve-got-lead-way-Glastonbury-2014.html Read more >>>
24 June 2014
The Sunday Times featured Key4Life and Jerry Hall & Jeanne Marine's performance at this weekend's Glastonbury Festival in the main section of last weekend's edition.
Move over Jagger, step aside Geldof. Jerry Hall, former partner of the Rolling Stones frontman and Jeanne Marine, fiancee of Live Aid organiser, will make their debut at Glastonbury.  Their band, Paris-Texas and the Uke, will perform songs written by Hall in support of Key4Life. Eva Hamilton, founder of Key4Life, said, Read more >>>
18 June 2014
We are tremendously excited to announce that top new artist, Hozier, will perform at our concert on Thursday June 26th.
17 June 2014
Paris-Texas and The Uke (Jeanne Marine Geldof and Jerry Hall) will be performing at their first ever performance together at the Key4Life event on 26th June
If you would like to be at this momentous occasion, please go to our events page and get one of our fast-selling tickets! Jeanne Marine and Jerry Hall will also be performing together at the Glastonbury Festival for the first time so get a sneak preview with Key4Life! Read more >>>
12 June 2014
On Wednesday afternoon, Fizzy, Rahim and Dinnall from Key4Life rehearsed alongside Eloise Harris in preparation for June 26th event
Thanks to Universal Music, some of the Key4Life band had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of rehearsing inside the world famous Abbey Road Studios.  With just two weeks left until the Key4Life summer event, fine tuning of the band's performance is taking place with some truly fantastic tracks being performed. Read more >>>
4 June 2014
Key4Life featured on the Radio 1Xtra DJ Target show last night. Fizzy Montana discussed the programme and what it's done for him. The Key4Life group's track with Angel "O2 Remix" was also played. You can hear this from 1 hour 47 minutes into the show.....
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0457vtf     Read more >>>
4 June 2014
We were in London yesterday facilitating the first meetings between some of our mentors and mentees
We were in London yesterday to facilitate first meetings between some of our mentors and mentees. This photo shows Hannah and Hasan. Hannah, along with another mentor Dene, will be helping Hasan specifically in his search for employment as well as offering further support in different areas of his life Read more >>>
28 May 2014
Key4Life and ten of our young ex-offenders attended a workshop/retreat at the Earth Spirit centre in Somerset today
Led by Caspar Walsh (founder of Write to Freedom), Simon Edwards (coach and mentor), Sally Rustom (business leader and consultant) and Chris Mills (youth consultant and motivational speaker), our young men attended a workshop focusing on developing action plans and the mentor/mentee relationship.   Read more >>>
14 May 2014
Eva Hamilton's sister runs a marathon in aid of Key4Life
The sister of Eva Hamilton (Founder and Chief Executive of Key4Life) ran the Halstead Marathon last Sunday May 11th) in aid of Key4Life. We are tremendously proud and appreciative of the hard work she put into training and for completing it. She has already raised approximately £,2500. If you would Read more >>>
9 May 2014
Last night Key4Life organised a private drinks reception for business leaders, trusts, foundations and government officials to present findings from an independent researcher on the work Key4Life does.
To read more, please see the executive summary below:   Executive_Summary_v1.pdf Read more >>>
7 May 2014
thepeoplepartnership, an independent qualitative research consultancy, have just published their summary pilot findings on Key4Life's programme.
Key4Life Summary pilot findings 06.05.14     ‘Key4Life is not just about the past, it’s about the future and what could be - you can’t let your past overtake your future and Key4Life helps you do that’     1. Introduction   thepeoplepartnership is a specialist research consultancy which has been commissioned to help develop and conduct an evaluation of Read more >>>
6 May 2014

The key to freeing young men from the grip of crime.
The charity Key4Life is using the restorative effects of writing and nature to reduce reoffending rates
Key4Life is a sister organisation to Write to Freedom (W2F), the charity I founded in 2008. It was also born out of the understanding of the power of nature and writing, as a way out of crime. It uses a potent mix of the written word Read more >>>
1 May 2014
Key4Life's band launched EP with Angel in Bristol
Last night (Thursday May 1st) at Pryzm nightclub in Bristol, the Key4Life band launched their new EP "Take 2".  To buy a copy of their EP on iTunes, click here:   http://tinyurl.com/Key4Life     Read more >>>
30 April 2014
Local ITV news has been showing extensive coverage of the work Key4Life does
"Some of them have stabbed people, some of them have shot people but a Somerset based charity is proving that the toughest young offenders can be shown a different path Key4Life based near Somerton in Somerset claims over 18 months it's broken the cycle of re-offending from 74 per cent of Read more >>>
24 April 2014
Key4Life's redeveloped mentoring programme was launched at a training day
QPR FC kindly hosted another event for Key4Life on April 24th at their west London ground - our mentoring training day.  The day was led by Simon Edwards (from Serve On), a highly respected coach and mentor, Sally Rustom and Mike Anglin.  We had mentors from various industries including criminal Read more >>>
10 April 2014
The following events are coming up over the next few months
THURSDAY APRIL 24TH - MENTORING TRAINING DAY - AT QPR FOOTBALL CLUB (LONDON)     THURSDAY MAY 1ST - EP LAUNCH IN BRISTOL - AT PRYZM NIGHTCLUB (BRISTOL)     THURSDAY MAY 8TH - DRINKS RECEPTION AND PRESENTATION FOR TRUSTS, FOUNDATIONS, BUSINESS LEADERS AND SENIOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS  - AT C. HOARE BANK (LONDON)         Read more >>>
9 April 2014
We have now set up a Just Giving account so that you can now text your donation to us by doing the following:
Text KLFA14 £10 TO 70070 (or whatever amount you wish to donate)
26 March 2014
Thanks to Gareth Dixon at the QPR Community Trust, sixteen members of Key4Life watched a great 1-0 win for QPR over Wigan last night
Despite chilly temperatures, some of our young men and team members watched a great game at Loftus Road.  It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening with high spirits and we would all like to thank QPR for the complimentary tickets that they gave us. Read more >>>
26 March 2014
Angel joined the Key4Life musicians in London on Tuesday to put the finishing touches to the new EP
The Key4Life musicians will be performing their new EP in Bristol's top nightclub, Pryzm, on Thursday 1st May.  Our young men are sending out a positive message to young people across the country by promoting a move away from violence onto a new path in their lives. Read more >>>
25 February 2014
One of our young men, Cordell, has been accepted into the QPR FC Academy and is due to start full-time in September 2014.
This is fantastic news and a great start to the partnership we now have with QPR.     Read more >>>
25 February 2014
Following a very successful meeting with Gareth Dixon, the Community Development Manager, at QPR Football Club, Key4Life are now working in partnership with QPR.
We will be conducting football, employability and music workshops at the QPR stadium as well as running mentoring training days here.  Read more >>>
25 February 2014
The Worshipful Company of Weavers has very kindly donated us £10,000
After a visit from the Weavers, we have just received the fantastic news that they have very kindly donated us £10,000 which will help fund positions for a mentoring manager and operations manager. Read more >>>
12 December 2013
We have just come to the end of an extremely beneficial two day employability workshop run by trainers Sally Rustom, founding director of Customer Consulting Ltd., and Mike Anglin of Harlestone Milton Ltd.
With over 20 years of experience in recruitment and working with young people, Sally and Mike gave our young offenders a clear understanding of:   What employers look for in young employees How to communicate clearly and effectively Creativity and problem-solving How their personal impact creates outcomes Maintaining composure and making the right decisions in pressured Read more >>>
6 December 2013
Take a look at our short film showcasing interviews with some of our trustees, participants, employers, and mentors that was shown at our December launch in London.
4 December 2013
Key4Life's national launch event in London last night raised an incredible £80,000 for the charity. A truly magnificent achievement to top off a wonderful evening.
A very successful auction preceded the highlight of the night - top musical performances from some of the young offenders and also one of Universal's top acts, Jessie Ware.  Many thanks go to all who donated and supported this event which will help Key4Life continue its fantastic work.   Photography Read more >>>
26 November 2013
The launch and fundraising event will be held in London on Tuesday 3rd December
The launch and fundraising event will be held in London on Tuesday 3rd December where there will be a film preview of the work Key4Life is carrying out with the young offenders.  Acclaimed singer-songwriter Jessie Ware will be performing live, and there will also be a performance from five of Read more >>>
1 August 2013
Rural communities are, as Key4Life believes, the key to rehabilitating young offenders
In August 2013, five ex-offenders from Ashfield Prison who are part of the Key4Life programme were given the opportunity to visit Somerset.  They experienced the contrasting life of the countryside from the inner city lives they come from. Rural communities and the opportunities that they provide are, as Key4Life believe, Read more >>>
27 September 2012
AND CROWDS APPLAUD SIR BOB
Rock royalty reigned and spirits soared at a private concert given by Bob Geldof and band on 27th September 2012.  The event was held at the stunning North Cadbury Court in Somerset and marked the local launch of Key4Life.   The value of Key4Life was reinforced to guests when they heard first Read more >>>
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