1625 Independent People

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Who We Are

About 1625 Independent People

We support young people aged 16 - 25 who are at risk of becoming homeless or are already homeless.

We have four offices, over 75 staff and support up to 500 young people at any given time, about 1000 annually. Read the Meet the staff pages to find out who works here.

On this page  - you can click on a link to jump to the section you want to read:

What does "at risk of becoming homeless" mean?
What does success look like?
What is the service we provide?
How did Independent People start?
Our Vision and Mission
How we're funded
Who we work with
More information



What does "at risk of becoming homeless" mean?


Any young person who is having issues or not coping with their living arrangements is at risk of becoming homeless. It means they don't have any options open to them if those arrangements don't work out.

There are lots of reasons things might be going wrong - the most common is some sort of family breakdown. It can also be because they can't cope living alone and they don't have any trusted adults to turn to. They may not have the skills to live alone, they've never lived alone before. No-one is born knowing the brown envelopes are the ones you really need to open. It can be a scary time even when you are supported by a family network  - let alone on your own.

There might be behaviour issues often caused by things that happened to them in the past. They might be international refugees, running away from domestic abuse or perhaps leaving custody and living on their own for the first time.

We don't judge young people - our job is to help them through whatever transitions or changes they need to make to become independent people.



What does success look like?


For us an independent person would be a young person successfully managing their housing and money, engaged in meaningful activities and connected with positive communities of their choice. They would be aware of any health issues they have, both mind and body, and be actively looking after themselves.

Often it's only one of those things that is lacking, for example it may be that a young person has regular check ups, doesn't smoke pot or drink too much, is part of a local community, works in a retail outlet but can't read very well. They are embarrassed and don't tell anyone that they don't read their bills when they come through the door. Things get bad, they bury their head in the sand (we've all been there!), stop opening the door when people knock. Suddenly they are at risk of being evicted because they haven't paid their rent and the utilities companies are after them too.

It only takes one person to notice they are struggling and contact us or the council.



What is the service we provide?


Our service ranges from simple signposting or advice to intensive one-to one support for up to two years. We either house and support someone, or support them in their own property. Please read the What we do section for details of all our services.

The one thing that makes all this possible is that the young people trust us. We have been exclusively working with 16-25 year olds for 30 years. We know our stuff. Young people in this age group have very specific needs. It's a time of transitions - child to adult, dependent to living alone, for some becoming parents, others leaving juvenile detention and moving to adult prison.

We understand those transitions better than most.


How did Independent People start?


Independent People is a merger of Priority Youth Housing and Wayahead Housing and Support for Young People. Wayahead was established in 1982 (then known as East Bristol Youth Housing) and Priority in 1989 (then known as South Bristol Youth Housing). Both organisations were born out of the need for specialist support for 16 - 25 year olds. We are now leaders in the field of supporting young homeless people in Bristol and the South West.

We are a voluntary, not for profit, tax-exempt organisation. We make a measurable difference and help to shape service services in the communities we work in.


Our Vision and Mission

Our Vision:
A world where all young people have a safe place and trusted adults to turn to and can access the opportunities they need. 

Our Mission:
To prevent homelessness, keep young people safe and support them to be the best they can be..



How we're funded


1625 Independent People is a charity and a registered society (Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014, reg: 23964R exempt from registration with the Charity Commission). Registered office: Kingsley Hall, 59 Old Market Street, Bristol,  BS2 0ER
We are always actively looking for new funding.

We are currently funded by Supporting People and Children & Young Peoples Services (CYPS) in Bristol and South Gloucestershire, Connexions in South Gloucestershire and Big Lottery Fund for our Future 4 Me and Cashpoint projects and Bristol Youth Links.

You can read the 1625 Independent People Annual Report for more financial details.

We get rents and service charges from the young people we house (mostly through housing benefit).

We are also funded by one off donations from the general public and regular donors. Please read the Support Us pages to find out more about our fundraising campaigns



Who we work with


Independent People has strong links in Bristol and South Gloucestershire. We are developing links across the South West of England with statutory agencies and other voluntary agencies including the infrastructure agencies for the voluntary sector.  

We are a member of the National Housing Federation, Homeless Link, and the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO).



More information


If you’d like more information about us and the work we do please contact the Funding and Communication Officer on 0117 317 8800.

You can find all our telephone numbers and addresses on our Contact Us page.

You can read our quarterly magazine 'i-people' to see examples of the sort of work we do.

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