A HOMELESS charity which covers South Ribble and Chorley has been given £98,000 by Children In Need to help vulnerable youngsters facing a life on the streets.

Key Unlocking Futures will use the handout from the BBC appeal to support its employment coaching service, offering individual guidance and support to those aged 16 to 18 who are currently not in education, employment or training.

Just over the past few months alone, the initiative has assisted four young people to secure full-time employment and provided another four with education and training opportunities in the childcare, construction and retail sectors.

Ursula Pattern, director of Key Unlocking Futures, said: "I am delighted that we have been successful in our bid for funding from Children in Need as it will mean we can help more young people across South Ribble and Chorley to have a better future."

The organisation joined up with Progress Housing Group, last January, in an effort to help maintain and expand services to support young people facing homelessness across the two boroughs.

Key mainly provides support to young people up to the age of 25 who are homeless or worried that they might become homeless. Over the last year officials say they have provided services to more than 500 homeless, or potentially homeless young people.

Earlier this year the charity, based in Balfour Court, off Hough Lane, issued an appeal for mediation volunteers and qualified counsellors for the service.

If you any young people or their carers would like more information about the organisation and the services it provides or have any questions, they can contact Gill Clarke, senior support worker on 01772 678976 or e-mail gillc@keyyouthcharity.org.uk