KEYS had the privilege of travelling up to Newcastle to be part of a recovery awareness day. They were able to talk to local people about KEYS and the work we do. Emma shared a bit about her story and the freedom that recovery brings. It was also a chance for people to learn more about The Recovery Course and also The Recovery Support Group.
What a blessed time we had in March meeting with some of our amazing volunteers! It was a great time of worship and fellowship. Unfortunately many of our KEYS centres were unable to attend due to illness.
We were excited to welcome Kevin Campbell from The Recovery Course and part of the day was spent learning more about how recovery courses can be used as a tool to aid recovery and also help in building community support.
We spent some time in worship and prayer and learnt a bit more about Sozo inner healing and its importance in helping clients get even more freedom.
We look forward to our next Team Day!
Our last team day of the year. It was wonderful to meet with our team members as well as welcome some new faces!
We spent time in worship, praying, sharing food together and going through a session of Freedom in Christ together.
Our next team day is going to be on Saturday 2nd March 2019! Email email@example.com to book yourself on.
Whitehawk Wellbeing has officially started!
It takes place every Thursday from 12-2pm at St Cuthmans Church, Whitehawk and is open to everyone. There is tea and a light lunch, as well as a time to talk about any wellbeing issues in a confidential safe place.
We would love to see you there!
Well what a fantastic time we had! Our biggest training event so far in the life of KEYS. It started off with a cream tea and our AGM. What followed was a lot of great food and a lot of great teaching. We are so encouraged by how many people want to get involved in helping people who struggle with addiction. There was a great sense of unity and excitement about all that God is going to do. Thank you to all who came!
Interested in getting involved? Come chat to us and we'll keep you updated on all future training events.
Here at KEYS, we have just been celebrating #VolunteersWeek!
We have so many wonderful volunteers at KEYS and we really couldn't do the work without them. If you are interested in the work of KEYS and thinking about volunteering, we'd love for you to get involved.
On Thursday 28th June, at Holland Road Baptist Church, from 10-11.30am, we are having a volunteers meeting. It is for our current volunteers and for anyone who would like to find out more about volunteering for KEYS.
For any more information, ring us on 01273 987977 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We would love to see you there!
Here is a photo from our team day last Friday! We were so pleased that so many were able to join us for this day of prayer, worship, teaching. It was really good to get together as a team and everyone came away feeling inspired, refreshed and excited for the future of KEYS.
If you missed this one but would like to come along, we are hosting another one in the Autumn term this year. We are currently trying to pin down a date but will let you know when we have confirmed one.
Our next training days are happening on Thursday 12th and Friday 13th July.
This training is for Detox Coaches and is open to our Befrienders too. The training will cover how KEYS works as well as some principles of substance misuse. The schedule for the training is as below:
Thursday 12th July
4pm - Cream Tea @ St Peter's Church
5-6.30pm - KEYS AGM @ St Peter's Church
7-9.30pm - Session 1 Training @ Holland Road Baptist Church
Friday 13th July
8.30am-4pm - Training @ St Peter's Church
If you would like to join us, please email your attendance to Lucy Dracott (email@example.com), along with whether you require accommodation or have any dietary requirements.
We would love to see you there!
Steve Smith, along with others, have created an amazing new app called 'Live From Rest'.
It is a guided meditation app that helps you to find rest in the presence of God. You can choose different topics to focus on such as anxiety, finding freedom from shame, being present, and resting in the truth that we are the beloved children of God. You can also choose your backing track and the duration of the meditation.
Whether you have 10 minutes spare or a whole hour, it is a really simple and easy way to bring rest into our lives and centre yourself on the truths that God speaks over you.
The link to the app is here: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1220586710
Our new recovery group in Crawley starts tonight!
It will happen every Monday, 7.30-8.30pm at St Johns Church (Church Walk, Crawley RH10 1HH).
We are really looking forward to meeting and helping more people find freedom from addictions!
About the opportunity
We are looking for someone to join our small, friendly team to write proposals and letters to Trusts, research new opportunities, update our records and help to report back the successes those funds are being turned into by our the KEYS Project team.
What are we looking for?
We are looking for someone with good verbal and written communication skills who also has some research experience, is good with numbers and has an ability to understand and translate financial information into funding proposals. You might be someone who has just graduated who is interested in a career in fundraising. You may be someone with a background in journalism and/or fundraising who is able to commit time to a volunteering role. Either way, we need someone who can make an ongoing commitment to our work.
To apply: Please send your CV and a brief letter of interest to Lucy Dracott at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are really excited to announce that a new recovery group is starting in Crawley at St. Johns Church!
They are launching the group at their 11.30am service on Sunday 4th March. If you're around the area, feel free to go along and support the start of this new recovery group.
Here at KEYS, we are so grateful for the many people who either work or volunteer to help bring freedom to those struggling with addictions.
On Friday 26th January, some of our team gathered together for the day. This was a great time of teaching, worship, prayer, training and a time to encourage one another in the work they are doing within KEYS. It was a really enjoyable day that re-energised the team and increased our unity with each other. We are planning on hosting a team day three times a year as it was a day that everyone found really beneficial.
Our next team day is going to be held on Friday 11th May. Pop it in your diaries as we would love for you to join us! More information to follow.
Last Sunday a team of keen runners braved Storm Doris to complete the Brighton Half Marathon to raise money for They KEYS Project. The group of five did an amazing job of gaining sponsorship and support and between them raised over £2300! This money will go towards supporting more people through their journeys of addiction and recovery. Well done KEYS team - time for a well deserved rest!
Last week our new Project Manager, Grant Henderson, gave an honest and open interview on BBC Sussex about his own journey with addiction and recovery. The interview was in response to a very sad story where a fisherman drowned at sea last year after jumping in the water whilst under the influence of amphetamines. Grant did a brilliant job of sharing what KEYS do and explaining that what we we offer is so much more than just a medically assisted detox. You can listen to the interview here.
On Tuesday 15th November our Centre Manager Gail represented KEYS at the Community Works Celebrating Faith event held at St Peter's Church, Brighton. It was a wonderful opportunity to network and meet other faith-based organisations working in the city. It was a great example of unity and solidarity amongst the various groups and included a performance by the Inter-Faith Choir and a delicious lunch from The Real Junk Food Project. It was also a great opportunity to spread the word about KEYS and Gail even met the Mayor of Brighton!
25 volunteers from across the country met for 2 days in Brighton for training in how to run 'KEYS Community Detox'. We look forward to the testimonies of 'freedom from addiction' that will follow as new recovery groups are set up in various parts of the UK and more men and women are given focused support through detox!
We had an excellent reception at the House of Lords, hosted by Baroness Stedman-Scott to celebrate the growth of KEYS Community Detox which has now operates in eight centres across the country. The event was well attended by friends and supporters of KEYS, interested parliamentarians and also by dignitaries from towns were we operate. To view our photos follow this link:
KEYS Community Detox was launched in Tollington on Sunday 8th May 5pm. The launch was held at St Saviour's Church, Hanley Road, N4 3DQ.
This week Steve gave an interview with BBC Sussex on a series on Celebrating Volunteers in Faith-Based Organisations. It was a great chance to thank our many wonderful volunteers across Sussex and beyond (we honestly couldn't do it without them!) and a brilliant opportunity to get the word out about KEYS!