History and Development

The Keystone Development Trust was created in April 2003 evolving from its predecessor, the Keystone Community Partnership. In 2014 Keystone is 11 years old and as a development trust Keystone aims to build community capital in its area: empowering individuals, groups and communities to tackle needs and issues by creating their own solutions, organisations or enterprises; whilst ensuring services, assets and enterprises anchor collective wealth locally.

From 2003 to 2007 the Trust received substantial public funding (European, Single Regeneration Budget and Investors in Communities). Keystone has been recognised for successfully managing these public funds, investing them in infrastructure, property, local organisations and projects to tackle social and economic issues.

Since 2007 Keystone has continued to deliver support to communities within its area through a diverse range of projects, currently funded by income generated from its own not for private profit social enterprises as well as funding from public bodies and other grant making organisations .

Keystone is supported to manage and deliver its projects by a team of 15 permanent staff and over 20 casual staff and volunteers. Overseeing the Organisation is Keystone’s Board of Trustees.