The problem with young people today...
It’s not young people that are the problem. The process of becoming an independent adult is an awkward one – for everyone – there are always challenges, conflicts and calamities. Most of us, though we might not realise it, get a lot of help and support. But some of us don’t. And things can get messed up.
As a result of family breakdown; high unemployment; educational, financial and social exclusion 80,000 young people in Britain face homelessness every year, without opportunities to thrive, hope, get encouragement, work towards aspirations, and some without a trusted adult in their lives from the day they are born.
"80,000 young people in Britain face homelessness every year"
Young people are not children and neither are they adults. Their needs are very specific and often aren't met by support services that were simply not designed with them in mind .
We are the end of the road for many, having been excluded or rejected from other services. But we are also the beginning of the road, they are young!
The 1625 Independent People solution
We give young people a network of people they can trust – including support workers, other young people and aspirational community mentors.
We offer them opportunities they’ve never had; to try things out, take risks and fail in a safe environment; to get to know themselves, their strengths and aptitudes and to become a positive contributing factor in our communities.
"We teach them the practical things
they need to become independent adults"
We do this by offering a service which starts with making sure they have a safe place to live – the basis of any successful life. We make sure all our staff are psychologically trained to deal with the manifestations of the trauma these young people have suffered.
We teach them the practical things they need to become independent adults (even within the family home), we listen, we understand the barriers they face and most of all we care about them – something some of them have never experienced.
What difference does it make?
If we are able to create and sustain this service we can support over 1300 young people every year and develop specialised models of support for young people which can be used across the country.
We will have better communities which make the most of the incredible energy that healthy young people bring.
Read our latest annual report to see all the amazing work we do.
If we don’t do this?
If we don’t develop relevant and effective services for this marginalised group, they will turn into adults who fall in and out of support services, never having addressed the issues of their youth and failing to achieve their potential.
Why 1625 Independent People?
1625 Independent People has been working exclusively with young people for over 30 years. We are experts. We are the ones young people turn to, the ones they recommend to their friends. It's all about trust.
Many young people have a fear of institutions, many have been failed by them. Some have an inherent mistrust of Social Services, the Police and Local Authority. They see us as independent, voluntary and most of all, on their side.
"It’s all about trust"
Our work is current, relevant and responds to the needs of young people today. Young people are part of the fabric of our organisation. They are not just our service users – they are at the centre of the development of our services.
Young people report to our Management Board, they are an integral part of our recruitment process and some are able to use their own experiences to help other young people and prevent homelessness from ever happening.
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