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1625 Independent People

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1625 Independent People

We're a charity, not-for-profit, and a voluntary, non-governmental organisation which means we have to run our own ship.

We currently run projects and services which help young people to reboot their lives.

Almost all of the money raised through individuals and businesses is spent on enhancing the very basic services which is funded by the Local Authority. The council pot available for dealing with youth homelessness and its effects is dimishing year on year. We cannot rely on this.

If we don't find our own funding we wouldn't be able to provide the incredible level and quality of services we do.

We have to find money for emergency food supplies, volunteering expenses, confidence-building activities for young people, independent living skills programmes and advice and information services.

£57 supports one young person for one week.

You can read in detail about our work in the What we do section.

Income and spending

  • 45% of our income is from local authority contracts This pays for one to one support (roughly an hour per week per young person). It is NOWHERE near enough.
  • 40% is from rents and service charges (mostly in the form of Housing Benefits)   Most of this money is spent on property maintenance - but it doesn't cover it. We have two Maintenance Officers who look after over 75 properties. That includes emergency repairs and cyclical repairs. 
  • 12% is Big Lottery Funded  We run two projects which are solely funded by the Big Lottery Fund. Cashpoint  - a financial inclusion project and Future 4 Me which works only with young people leaving care or custody.
  • 3% is from Trust funds, individual giving, fundraising events etc



Covering all costs

It's hard to get donations for overheads because sometimes its not as appealing to funders. However, these are costs that we have to incur in order to keep afloat, run our offices, and ensure our staff are trained.

We often hear people say they want all the money to go directly to the people in need, but if we can't stay open and have good quality staff - how will we reach those young people in need? 

IWe hope that you see the value of our work and want to support us. Please consider giving a monthly donation - you can set it up easily and securely on the Independent People Just Giving page.

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All contents copyright© 2013. 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. Created & Managed By Solsoft

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