Key provides person-centred support to over 2000 disabled people, across 16 Scottish local authorities.
The foundations of our organisation were laid by a passionate, committed group of parents who, at a time when for many disabled people home was a long-stay institution, believed that their sons and daughters had the right to lead a full life in their own communities, close to families and loved ones. With the support of some equally passionate and committed professionals they made this happen by forming a housing association in 1978 which welcomed its first tenants to their own homes just 5 years later.
We hold true to these values today. Our board is inclusive; bringing together unpaid carers, people we support, and people with a professional interest to work alongside our senior team to guide us and ensure the organisation is grounded in the experiences of disabled people and their families.
The inclusion of people we support is fundamental to our organisation and we work closely with The Advisory Group (TAG), a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation, which is run by and for disabled people. Through this partnership, disabled people have direct input to developing our priorities and governance structures and ensuring the quality of our supports. TAG’s involvement further ensures our commitment to supporting and promoting the rights of every person we support and challenges us to acknowledge that there is always more to do to truly make rights real for people.