1625 Independent People

About 1625 Independent People

1625 Independent People have been helping 16 - 25 year olds to reboot their lives since 1983. We support young people with housing, life skills, confidence-building, education, training, jobs and having fun.

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1625 Independent People have a long standing history of offering working within the accommodation field.

We provide a number of accommodation services and support options for people aged 16 - 25, from supported accommodation to private renting to floating support to help maintain tenancies.

What we do

Supported Housing

We offer supported housing to young people aged 16-25 (18-25 in South Glos) and  manage 190 units (bed spaces) in shared housing and self-contained flats around Bristol and South Gloucestershire.

In Bristol we also run two 24 hour staffed, live-in services at St George's House (25 beds) and the Foyer (51 beds).

Most of our housing is in shared houses, sharing with two to seven other young people. Each young person has their own private, lockable bedroom, sharing a kitchen and bathroom with the rest of the residents. Some of our bigger houses have a resident adult or caretaker. They offer additional general advice during out of office hours for those who need a little extra support.

We also have a range of one bedroom self-contained flats with their own kitchen, bathroom and front door.

If there is enough demand we can look at adapting our houses for specialist accommodation. We have in the past offered gay, lesbian, Kurdish, Somali men, Muslim women, and women only houses.

For further information about these services, use the links below:

Information about our Bristol Supported Housing Services

Information about our South Gloucestershire Supported Housing Services

Live In Supported Housing

In Bristol we run temporary, live-in supported housing projects for young people, aged 16 – 21 years old. Both of these are high support services, which means they are staffed 24 hours and offer intensive one to one support:

  • St Georges House – 25 bed
  • Bristol Foyer  - 51 bed  (From June 1st 2013)

The expected average length of stay is:

  • St Georges House – Level 1, emergency high support accommodation – 3 months
  • Bristol Foyer – Level 2, high support accommodation – 6 months

Click here for more information about Live-In Supported Housing

Floating Support

The Floating Support Service - Bristol

We run Bristol’s specialist young people’s Floating Support service for 16-21 year olds.


22-24 year olds may still be referred to the service if they have complex needs and have a strong preference for the service compared to a generic adult service.


We do not accept clients with dependent children (living with them) as there is a specialist service for them (Bristol Young Parents Alliance (BYPA) www.placesforpeople.co.uk)


We typically support people with things like resettlement, prevention of homelessness, accessing more appropriate accommodation and any other relevant issues which prevent them from becoming homeless

The Floating Support Service - South Gloucestershire

In South Gloucestershire we offer a support-only service to people aged 16-25 who have their own housing (whether social or private including B&B). We provide emotional, social and practical support to help people to maintain their housing using a Support Plan.

The Support Plan covers the following five points which are part of the Every Child Matters program:

  • Be healthy
  • Stay safe
  • Enjoy and achieve
  • Make a positive contribution
  • Achieve economic well-being



Where we do it

We provide supported housing, and floating support in Bristol and S. Glos and also provide Live in Accommodation in Bristol.

How to access

Supported Housing

Bristol - We can only house single people who are 16-25 years old and are referred to us through Bristol City Council’s Housing Support Register (see How to get on the Housing Support Register).

South Glos - We only house 18 to 25 year olds who have a local connection to South Gloucestershire and are in need of housing according South Gloucestershire Council.
Young people have to complete a pre-tenancy programme with our support.
They must be able to manage a tenancy (things like managing bills, budgeting, sticking to the rules in the tenancy contract, looking after the property) with limited support.
Applicants are also expected to engage in the support we offer and attend training, education or employment opportunities.

Live In Supported Housing

If you are homeless now or about to be read our Housing Advice pages.

We can only house people who are on the Bristol Housing Support Register.

How to get on the Housing Support Register

The register tells us who is chosen and referred to us and their housing priority status (how urgent it is). We can help young people complete an Online Referral Form (ORF) or they can do it with the Bristol City Council’s Housing Advice Team (opens in a new window). Please see Bristol City Council’s web site for more information on the Housing Support Register

Floating Support´╗┐

Please use the links below to find out how to apply for floating support.

Education, training and employment


Future 4 Me offers specialist support to young people leaving custody and leaving care.

The service is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and provides a small team of workers who bring specialist skills in housing, mental health, and learning and work.

What we do

Future 4 Me

We typically support young people for 6-12 months through weekly meetings that take place in the home, out reach centres or neutral spaces that the young people feel comfortable in.

We engage young people, find out about their interests, develop aspirations and agree a pathway so they can achieve their goals.

We work with partner agencies who offer numerous opportunities and additional support to achieve positive outcomes.

Our workers can help young people to find and sustain:

  • good quality housing
  • education, training and employment
  • structured activities including sports, leisure, media and arts.
  • we also help with health and wellbeing
  • managing money
  • promoting family contact

Young people leaving custody:

We build relationships with young people up to three months before release from a Youth Offending Institution or Secure Unit. The Team meet the young people on the day they are released, support them to attend relevant appointments, before taking them to their housing.

Young people leaving care:

We aim to engage with young people as early as possible so young people can experience a positive transition from care to living more independently.

Where we do it

Referral Criteria

The project can support young people in one of the following local authority areas:

  • Bristol
  • Bath and Northeast Somerset (BANES)
  • North Somerset
  • South Gloucestershire

Leaving Custody:

Age 16-19, leaving custody on a youth disposal (DTO/Section 91) and

  • at risk of leaving custody without settled accommodation, or
  • likely to have difficulty sustaining accommodation on release.

We will consider referrals of young people who have already left custody and are not engaging well with services, not coping well and would benefit from additional support.

Leaving Care:

Age 16-21, leaving care, needing support with accommodation and not engaging well with existing services.

How to access

Making a referral

Leaving Custody:

We ask that referrals are made through YOT/Probation case holders.

We ask that referrals are made 3 months prior to release. This can include young people aged 15 who will soon be leaving custody and those 18(+) who are leaving custody on a youth disposal.

Use the Leaving Custody Future 4 Me Referral Form (word,716Kb) and read the Future 4 Me Referral Criteria (pdf, 238Kb)

Leaving Care:

We ask that referrals are made through the Leaving Care Team Manager who will prioritise referrals.

Use the Leaving Care Future 4 Me Referral Form (word, 716Kb) and read the Future 4 Me Referral Criteria (pdf,238Kb).

Referrals are passed to the Senior Practitioner. If you know someone who might need support call 0117 317 8800 ask to speak to the Future 4 Me Senior Practitioner.


Attitudes, thinking and behaviour


Preventing Youth Homelessness through Peer Education.

The Upfront project is all about working out problems at home before young people and their families reach a crisis point.

The Upfront project has grown out of the ideas of young homeless people in Bristol and South Gloucestershire. They have said that if someone had told them what they know now about leaving home and being homeless, it would have made a big difference to the choices they made.

What we do

Upfront Project

Preventing Youth Homelessness through Peer Education.

The Upfront project is all about working out problems at home before young people and their families reach a crisis point.

The Peer Educators are all young people who have been homeless and want to make a difference to the lives of other young people in their area. They are supported to plan, deliver and evaluate the workshops by our Peer Education Co-ordinator, and work towards a BTEC qualification in Peer Education.

Where we do it

The Peer Educators run workshops in secondary schools and youth clubs throughout Bristol and South Gloucestershire.

Workshops link closely with the National Curriculum, particularly PSHE and Citizenship and support schools with their duty of care to young people and the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils at your school, as laid down within the new Ofsted School Inspection Framework.

How to access

For more information about who to get involved or how to access a workshop:

Download the Upfront Information Leaflet (pdf, 187Kb)


Contact Christine Townsend, Peer Education Co-ordinator:

 0117 317 8800 - christine.townsend@1625ip.co.uk


Finance, benefit and debt


We work with other organisations who work with young people and know about money management e.g. Bristol Debt Advisory Centre and the Citizens Advice Bureau.

We also have links with training and youth organisations like the Prince's Trust and Bristol Youth Links.

Together we have loads of experience and resources to help people learn how to manage their money. It's a skill that stays with you for the rest of your life.

What we do


Is a new service for young people living in social housing.

A team of Cashpoint Workers offer one-to-one and group sessions on a wide range of topics relating to finances and managing money.

Cashpoint is open to all young people aged 16-25 in social housing in Bristol and the surrounding area.

We also know that most young people would prefer to talk to another young person about their money issues so we'll be training some young people as Money Mentors. They will be young people who have lived in social housing or still are. People who have lived off low incomes with real stories and advice.

Where we do it

This service is available in Bristol currently.

How to access

Get in touch with the Cashpoint Team

If you would like help from the Cashpoint Team for yourself or a young person you work with fill in the Online Cashpoint Referral Form


Print a Cashpoint Referral Form and send it to our head office address.

If you'd like to speak to someone please call 0117 317 8800 and ask for the Cashpoint team or you can email cashpoint@1625ip.co.uk


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