What is The Key?

The Key is a personalised outreach day service for adults. Using Learner’s interests we create practical programmes which are innovative and evolving.

The Key has developed an evidence based ‘Outcome Cycle’ which helps the people we support grow and identifies strengths and weaknesses in their development.  We work in partnership with other organisations to ‘fill the gaps’ in our service and our learner’s development.

We provide programmes which are diverse and engaging for the people of Bristol and focus on working in the creative industries and events.

‘The Key’ is an inclusive setting and we actively encourage adults with learning disabilities and autism to do our programmes.

We build community links and help the people who use the service to grow social enterprise.

The Organisation


The Key is the outreach day service for New Key Care Services. The directors’ working lives have been spent supporting adults with learning disabilities. Our belief in independence and developing skills is paramount to our organisation. We are very pleased that we can develop a section of our organization to work with people towards achieving outcomes in their daily lives. We have successfully grown an organisation to work with people to acquire their own homes and to become a part of their community. The next step for us is to develop  an outcome focused day service programme.

The Programme leaders

Robin Gibson


I am an autism champion and I love my job and enjoy getting to know people. Previously I have worked in the events industry, organised festivals and club nights and I also DJ and play guitar. I love to spend time outdoors, going to new places and learning new things. I’m really looking forward to opening ‘The Key’ and working with people to build on their skills and to learn about the community.

Jacob Ayre


I am an experienced workshop leader and have worked with adults and children with disabilities and complex behaviours. Having initially worked at an acquired brain injury rehab unit I joined Newkey in 2013. They have given me the opportunity to grow and I have supported people to achieve a range of outcomes from learning how to get out of debt to producing their own films, radio shows and websites. I am excited to be given this opportunity to build a service which will help adults to achieve in their lives and to feel a part of their communities.