Positive Contribution

We provide opportunities that are beneficial for young
people, the volunteers and the organisation, with the ultimate aim of enhancing our support for young people.

If you’re a young person, here at 1625ip we offer opportunities for you get involved and tell us how housing and support services for young people should be run. Ask your support worker for more information about any of this.

You can volunteer for us and train as a Peer Supporter offering other young people some friendly support.

As a young person you can be paired with a mentor for a period of 6, 9 or 12 months and to help with isolation, confidence and wellbeing. Mentoring can also give insight to industries or careers, and offer a chance to share goals and interests with someone new. If you are interested in having a mentor or becoming a peer mentor, please contact volunteering@1625ip.co.uk

Our Independent People Ambassadors Board (IPA) is a group of young people who identify key issues, set their own priority projects to complete and meet with the Board of Trustees and Senior Leadership Team to help set priorities. They are consulted on key decisions affecting the organisation. The group meets every month in the evening, so that young people at work and college can be part of it too.

The Youth Forum and 1625ip Connects events are a chance for young people to get involved in shaping the way we do things at 1625ip. It is an event held twice a year, with guest speakers. It’s in the evening, there’s food and it’s very relaxed and friendly.

Our participation team offers you the chance to learn skills, run events and get experience. This includes being part of a recruitment panel for 1625ip colleagues, so helping 1625ip decide who to employ. You can get involved in planning things like trips and our summer or winter socials.

If you live in a shared house or hostel your support worker will set up regular house meetings where you can have your say about your house or service.

of young people felt more confident through our participation work
hours of volunteering took place, including mentoring and the Youth Board
young people were trained as homelessness Peer Educators


Peer Ed has helped me to give me optimism and make me feel more confident in myself. I really enjoy raising awareness of youth homelessness
Attending cooking sessions has given me the opportunity to access a course which could help to shape my future and my career. I want to do a job that makes other people happy, it will be nice to know that someone appreciates your little contribution to the world