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i-people Young people’s experiences


-Moving into your own place -Peer education

Glastonbury: the inside story

Independent People’s Quarterly Magazine



3... Word from the Chief 4... Liv Little Interview 5... Gardening 6-7... Glastonbury 8... Apprenticeships 9... Meet Nicole 10... Billie - Peer Ed 13... Indykits 14-15... My place, my rules 18-19... Getting Crafty 20-21... Geo’s Good Mood Food 22... Hitch or Ditch? 23... Useful numbers

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Summer 2016

A word from the Chief Homelessness and trauma can be confidence shattering events understanding this and helping young people to rebuild their confidence plays a large part in how we work. We call it a psychologically informed environment, or PIE. It’s all about making sure 1625ip, from our staff to our offices to the support we provide, is doing the best we can to help young people. This issue we look at some of the ways young people have built up their confidence. It’s different for everyone. Billie, one of our Cash Pointers Apprentices, shares her experience of Peer Education (p.13), while Jade has some first hand tips of how to set ground rules and boundaries when you’re moving into your own place (p.14). We also interviewed Liv Little, 22 year old founder and editor of new online zine gal-dem, to get her tips on turning an idea into a reality. We were very lucky to be given the chance to go to Glastonbury Festival with a small group of young people this year, working on the market gates. It was tiring, exhilarating and very muddy! But seeing the confidence of the young people in our team grow over the course of the festival made the mud completely worth it. Thank you to Julian MacLaughlan of Event Bars for providing such a brilliant work experience opportunity for these young people.

One of the priorities our young people have identified for this year has been to improve physical spaces – some of you might remember the space survey we asked you all to fill in a while back. Based on that feedback we’ve been making some changes. Volunteers from local businesses have come in to help us decorate our reception area and Indykits room (p.13), making them nicer places for young people to be in. We’ve also started working with young people and volunteers to renovate the gardens in our shared properties (p.5), helping them to build pleasant communal spaces. Wishing you all a great summer, Dom Wood, Chief Executive 1625ip We want to hear from you. Contact Tia, our Comms Officer, on 0117 317 7096 or tia.psihogios@1625ip.co.uk if you have ideas for a piece in the next issue.



Make room for the gal-dem 1625ip interviews Liv Little, founder and editor of brand new magazine gal-dem, created by young BME women who are getting their voices heard in Bristol and beyond. What inspired you to set up gal-dem? It really stemmed from a frustration with mainstream media and the curriculum and lack of diversity around me at uni. As a person of colour, and as a young woman, you’re not really given a space to talk about that in the mainstream. I wanted a creative outlet for something positive and that’s how gal-dem came about. People have been so supportive, we’ve had some really established people shouting us out - Thandie Newton featured us on her website. And all the readers who have been shouting about what we’re doing. People are starting to say ‘we know who you are’.

Have you had any major challenges? I didn’t have the intention for it to be as big a thing as it has been! There’s been days where it’s been difficult to find the right level of content, particulary as a lot of the writers are studying. But I wouldn’t say there were really any issues in setting it up - it all happened quite organically. So you’re only 22 and you’ve started gal-dem from scratch. That’s a pretty big achievement. What would you say to another young person looking to set up their own project? Find people you think are cool and reach out to them, 99% of the time people are really supportive. Don’t be scared to

reach out and ask for advice. Try and find someone local in the industry you want to get into who can be like a mentor and help you out. Have the confidence to just go for it; the worst thing that will happen is that it doesn’t work that well, and then you can learn from that. Before gal-dem I’d never written an article before, I’d had no journalistic experience and now I’ve set up a magazine and written for the Guardian. Which goes to prove it is possible to just do it this way; the DIY way. What’s your best piece of advice for young people? Live life. Surround yourself with good people.

Check out what the gal-dem have to say at www.gal-dem.com.


And if you want to get involved get in touch at info@gal-dem.com. Images: thandiekay.com

Summer 2016

From drab to FAB...

1625ip volunteers have been helping residents in our shared houses to design and makeover their gardens. So far this year we’ve been busy improving the spaces around us. Among other things, this has included a brand new gardening project. It involves young people working alongside our volunteer coordinator and some dedicated volunteers in our properties. Many thanks to our VIPs for helping to make it happen. The aim? To turn their gardens into spaces they want to hang out in. The project so far has been a big success and will be taking place in more of our shared houses in the future.

How does your garden grow?

We asked some young people who have taken part in 1625ip’s gardening project what they thought and got some top tips from our volunteer coordinator Rachel.

Top Tip Look for inventive

things to use as planters anything that can hold soil. You can sometimes find great quirky items in charity shops or at boot sales which can help brighten the garden.

“It’s brought the whole house together. We all spend a lot of time in the garden and share the gardening duties together. We are spending more time together and more time outside”

Top Tip Try planting some

salad leaves. A pack of seeds is cheap and they grow fast (around 6 weeks until you can be picking the leaves). Keep picking the leaves and more will grow. It tastes better and is much cheaper than buying it at the shops.

Top Tip Try planting

tomatoes. They taste great “It was eye opening. I got when grown in the garden and to learn about gardening are quite easy to look after. You can do it from seed or buy and DIY” a little plant which you can care for.

“I am much more confident with my gardening skills and am eating healthier” 5


Four of our young people were offered the opportunity to get some valuable work experience in the fantastical world of Glastonbury Festival. Needless to say they jumped at the chance. Staff member Hana looks back at the highlights, lowlights, arcadia lights, fairy lights and er, mud...

1625ip goes to



Summer 2016 extraordinary event comes together and still can’t believe we were part of making it happen. We spent most of our time off running around backstage areas, watching bands and running away with the circus! It’s hard to pick a best bit between Earth Wind & Fire or the flying trapeze, but honestly I think what really made it was the 1625ip team. We stuck together, looked after each other and shared lots of laughs along the way.

Hmm... must be some tent poles here somewhere! Getting pitched up and ready to go :-) “Here at 1625ip we were lucky enough to get the fantastic opportunity to go to one of the world’s biggest and most exciting music festivals. We set off as a team of volunteers, staff and young people, complete with wellies and a sense of adventure. It was great to have the opportunity to meet people who work in events and music production as well as artists and performers. We really learnt a lot about how such an

A lot of our work involved looking after people who were trading there and this meant that we met lots of local business people; one of our team has even been offered a trial shift in a local pub. We have all been asked to come back next year and we’d love to be able to bring more young people so that they can also make the most of the experience. We can’t wait to hang out with everyone in a field again next year!”

Want to try something new? 1625ip run loads of activities from cooking to upcycling to football - just speak to your support worker to find out more. This is not just mud... ...this is Glastonbury mud



Apprenticeships 1625ip is an apprentice employer, we think this is one of the best ways to get into doing something you’ll really love. We can help you find an apprenticeship or traineeship that works for you. Our Step It Up drop in session is there to help you figure out what it is you want to do and get help to get you there. Our resident LPW employment, education and training specialist Liv gives us the lowdown on what to expect. We can help you: • make or update your CV • find a job or see what’s out there for you • figure out what interests you • find a course • find an apprenticeship 8

Searching for a placement can be hard so using our drop in service will make the process easier for you to feel safe and secure in your choice. Using places like City of Bristol College, SGS and LearnDirect, we can help you make sure that you choose the right place for you and you have the support that you need to thrive.

You can do apprenticeships and traineeships in almost anything. The sorts of things we see often are: • Childcare • IT • Warehouses • Business administration • Becoming a Chef • Hairdressing But it doesn’t stop there, apprenticeships can be done in pretty much any area, it all starts with an idea and you just have to find someone willing to take you on. Colleges will often help you with this. Come and have a chat with us about any ideas you have, no matter how possible or impossible you think they are, and we’ll see what we can do!

Telling it like it is

Billie is a Peer Educator and an apprentice in our Cash Pointers team. As a care leaver who used to be housed with 1625ip, Billie has been able to use her own experiences to help other young people. “Everyone’s experiences are different. For me, I was car surfing for about a year. When I explain to a group about my experience, I want them to have a better experience than I had should the occasion arise. And they listen because they can see that you’ve gone through it and that you’re the same age as them. I wish I’d have known all this when I was younger. I didn’t finish school, I didn’t have GCSE’s, and that was only three years ago. So it’s all quite fresh still. The peer ed training was really good; it’s really flexible, you can fit it around everything else your doing. It’s really chilled and laid back and everyone supports each other. It could be quite intense. It’s a really in-depth thing - it’s from your own experience, but people are really understanding and give you the space to talk about it. It’s empathy over sympathy. You don’t want to feel sorry for people- you just want to be there for them. And that’s what happened in training. Whenever people were upset we were all there for each other, in the same boat. I’m quite a nervous person, but it really helps to have someone there saying ‘I know you can do it’. Sometimes it’s challenging but I know I can do it now. Any situation now I can go into and not fear it, going in at the deep end has really helped build my confidence. One of the things

I’ve learnt is never be afraid to ask for help and if you’ve got ambitions just go for it, no matter how far away they are. You might go through a really bad stage, but to me my experience makes me a greater person.

“Homelessness can happen to anyone, no matter what situation you’re in.” There’re all these different stories. You’re helping people realise there’re different forms of homelessness and the support that’s available. We challenge people’s preconceptions. Homeless isn’t just street homeless; you’re still homeless if you’re sofa surfing or staying in a hostel. It’s all temporary. And they’re really shocked, they just don’t realise. You’re helping people to understand better. They assume that everyone is homeless intentionally. By the end of the session though, they realise that’s not necessarily the case. So maybe the next time they see someone who’s street homeless they might buy them some food and sit and have a chat. Sometimes the worst feeling can be being ignored and walked past. So just acknowledging that they’re a human can be really powerful.”




Meet the staff

Name: Nicole Role at 1625ip: Peer Education Coordinator Personal Goals: To become a Psychotherapist (I start my six years training in October) Hobbies: Record shopping, archery, reading, knitting, interior design and all things vintage and retro. Favourite colour: I have three actually.... mustard yellow, hot pink and teal. They look amazing together. Favourite food: I wish I could say something healthy but I can’t; it’s cake. Coffee and Walnut especially :)

What would you do if someone gave you a single brick? Smash the patriarchy (equality is the way forward). Or keep it as a pet :) Favourite quote: “Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.” - Groucho Marks

Nicole runs our Upfront Peer Education project (that’s Peer Ed for short). We caught up with her to find out what it’s all about. And why reading inside of a dog just doesn’t work... So, what does a Peer Ed Coordinator do? How do I become a Peer Educator? I recruit and train young people who have had personal experiences of homelessness or difficulties around independent living and together we go into schools, youth clubs, traing academies, pupil referral units and other alternative educational settings. We deliver sessions for other young people on the realities of being homeless and their rights and choices. This is incredibly valuable as the Peer Educators have an opportunity to use their own life experiences to help and advise other young people. The Peer Educators gain fantastic experience that is highly transferable.


You can email me at nicole.stapley@1625ip.co.uk or call me on 07875074725 to have a chat about the project. I work Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

My college or youth club could host a session - how do they sign up? You can contact me using the details above, we can design sessions that specifically meet the needs of groups or do a more general session. For example, we have done several sessions for LGBT youth groups that focus on the needs and risks to that community.


MATTERS A ‘wellbeing’ drop in A friendly space where you can explore support options available for your wellbeing. Hosted by 1625ip’s resident mental health worker and full of tips and ideas on how to stay positive, problem solve and be well.

Be Well! Every Wednesday 4.30 - 6PM @ the Foyer (residents only) Every Tuesday 2 - 4PM @ St George’s House (residents only) If you are supported by 1625ip & want some wellbeing advice (but are not living at St George’s House or the Foyer) just ask your support worker

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Indykits are go!

Summer 2016

If you’re moving into a new place and you don’t have all the essentials you need, Indykits are there to provide you with the basics like a duvet, toiletries and a mug to make yourself a cup of tea in... Huge shout out and thanks go to the lovely folk over at Gleeds who gave up two whole days to come and help us decorate our Indykits store room - it looks amazing and we have loads more space to keep donated goods.



Think an Indykit would really help you out? Just speak to your support worker.

Our first donations to arrive in the new space were very special too. They were put together by a group of young people at the Bread Youth Project. They were so inspired after meeting our Peer Educators that they wanted to do something to help. The special Indykits were bought using funds they raised through a 24hr cycle-athon. The young people budgeted for each Indykit themselves and found it much harder than they expected! 13


My own place... ...my own rules 1625ip Youth Board member Jade shares her experience of moving into her own flat

“Moving into my own place after living in St George’s House, one of 1625ip’s high support hostels, was a mixed experience that I learnt a lot from.

“Wow, this is mine; this is my place. What now?”

an empty flat, but there was more that I hadn’t really thought about as well. Setting house rules (no smoking indoors!) was important because it gave me ownership of my space, it was the first time I’d really had anything of my own.

A couple of family members offered to The build up to it was amazing, I was really help out with some second hand furniture excited. Once I was there and on my own, they had and helped me move in. Some the first thing I thought was “Wow, this is people might be worried about asking mine; this is my place.” Quickly followed for or accepting help but you don’t need by “What now?”. to be proud about it. People wanting to help isn’t a bad thing and it doesn’t make Living in the hostel I had staff there to you any less strong to ask for it or accept it support me 24hrs a day and had friends when it’s offered. Second hand is great, around all the time. And then I went from remember you’re living somewhere that to just me. It was a big shock. I permanent now - you don’t need wanted to go back at first. Some of it I everything new and perfect straight away. had planned for, like making house rules Having said that, decorate yourself - it before I moved in and getting furniture feels like it’s really yours then. sorted for the first day so I wasn’t just in 14

Summer 2016

One of the things I found hardest was coping with loneliness. I made sure I spent the first night alone and didn’t have anyone stay over with me. This really helped as I knew I could do it then. The other thing that’s really helped is having my dog. While it’s good to spend time at home and settle in, make sure you go out as well, especially if you suffer from anxiety. Staying cooped up on your own might not be very helpful.

“Good friends will respect you and your home” It can be tempting to have friends round all the time, particularly if you’re feeling lonely, but make sure you’re comfortable with how they treat your space. Good friends will respect you and your home.

Living on my own has made me a lot more confident speaking to my friends if something’s bothering me. When I first moved in, I had friends coming round all the time. It got to a point where I didn’t always feel in control of my space. People might not think to offer to top up the electric or bring food with them but maybe they would if you asked. Now, I only have people for dinner or to stay when I’ve invited them - don’t make it a chore, make it a treat.” Got an experience you want to share that you think would help other young people? Speak to your support worker or get in touch with our Comms Officer Tia on 0117 317 7096 or tia.psihogios@1625ip.co.uk.

Turning negatives into positives

Moving into your own place means a lot of big changes. And not just for you. How your friends act towards your home is really important too. Not having staff around 24/7 means it’s all down to you if you (or your neighbours) aren’t happy with how they’re acting. It can be a little tricky at first so here’s some simple tips to avoid any negative vibes.

• Nip it in the bud, don’t let it build up • Be honest, let your friends know how you’re feeling • Don’t be afraid to ask people to leave when you want a bit of space • If you’re on a tight budget, let them know how much it costs for things like leccy and food (especially if they don’t pay for them at home and don’t realise) • Set an example by showing them how much you respect your new home 15


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Getting crafty

1625ip resident and Jewellery maker extraordinaire Tara shares how to make these funky (and surprisingly cheap) necklaces... Getting started... You will need: 1x hammer 1x set of jewellery pliers Glass beads Glass bottles

Silver jewellery making beginner starter kit Superglue Cotton wool Outdoor space

Shop around on the high street and the internet to get the best deals. Tara used glass bottles from The Works (six for £1), coloured glass beads from Crafts and More (three strands of approx. 80 beads for £12) and found a set of jewellery pliers and a jewellery making starter kit on Ebay for about £6 in total. Which is enough to make a lot of necklaces!


1. Take cork out of bottle. Take an eyelet from your jewellery making kit and thread a small loop through it.

2. Push through centre of cork until eye is touching the cork, turn over and cut halfway down the wire with pliers.

3. Twist rest of wire into cork so it won’t fall out!

4. Collect beads (whichever colours you want), place on cotton wool and fold over.

5. Gently bash up beads with hammer. (You will need to go outside for this bit - choose somewhere sensible and make sure you protect your eyes.) 6. Carefully fill the bottle with crystal shards (you may need to hammer a little more if they are too big for the bottle). 7. Once full, superglue cork into the bottle. Wait for it to dry. 8. Thread onto a chain and voila, you have a very snazzy new necklace :)


Geo’s Good Mood Food Hey! My name is Geo and I’m a Resident Adult at 1625ip. I have a passion for cooking healthy food on a budget. I’m basing these prices on how much it costs to get these ingredients from Asda and average portion sizes.

Whether you’re recovering from exams and need some brain food, or you need a quick energy boost to help you get through the day... Here are two super simple and nutritious snacks jam packed full of protein, fibre and antioxidants that take less than five minutes to prepare!

No Bake Breakfast Bars 30p per portion This is quick and easy! To make six breakfast bars just mix the following into a bowl:


4 tablespoons of oats 2 tablespoons of honey 2 heaped tablespoons of peanut butter 1 large handful of nuts 6 dates chopped in half (make sure to remove the stones) Mix all ingredients together and then place in a small baking tray or on a plate. Cover with tin foil and put in the fridge overnight. In the morning just cut yourself a breakfast bar and munch!

Summer 2016

Banana bites 31p per portion 1 1 1 1

tablepoon of peanut butter banana tortilla wrap teaspoon of honey

Simply spread some peanut butter over your tortilla wrap, place your banana on one side of the wrap and roll it up. Cut into bite size portions, drizzle your honey over the top and dig in!

Shopping list cost £5.68 (I bought everything at Asda, but shop around for even better deals!) Mixed Nuts 50p Unsweetened Dates £1 Honey £1.13 Peanut Butter £1.28 Oats 65p 1 Banana 20p 8 Wholemeal Tortilla Wraps 92p You can save all the leftover ingredients to make again and again!

Got the cooking bug? Come along to our weekly cooking sessions at Kingsley Hall from 4.30 - 6.30pm on Thurdays. Contact Josh on 07984 576310 or Josh.Seddon@1625ip.co.uk to book.

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i-people Dear Hitch or Ditch, My girlfriend is Muslim and has been fasting for Ramadan. We were invited for lunch with my Nan the other week and I wasn’t sure how to explain that my girlfriend wouldn’t be eating or drinking - my family aren’t really religious and I wasn’t sure she’d get it. I wanted to support my girlfriend but didn’t want to offend my Nan. My Nan has been really supportive with other stuff so I didn’t want to it to seem like I’m throwing it back in her face by not accepting her lunch invitation. I ended up just fobbing her off saying I was sick. What should I do if I’m in the same position next year? Thanks, Freya Hi Freya, I agree with the youth board answer. Speak to your Nan, explain that your girlfriend is religious, and for her fasting at Ramadan is very important. Tell her about Ramadan and what it entails, explain how fasting for her would be like Christians giving up something over Lent. Have you spoken to your girlfriend? How does she feel? It is possible to miss a day’s fasting during Ramadan through choice or necessity under Fidya and Kaffarah and your girlfriend can make a £5 donation to a food providing charity or directly to a Muslim relief charity (you can search on line). The idea is that a missed day’s Ramadan means you provide a meal for someone else.

hitch or ditch

Straight talking, no bullsh*t advice from 1625ip Faith Champion Chris Marshall and da Youth Board...

Hey Freya, Sit down with your Nan to explain about Ramadan and your girlfriend’s religion. If your Nan has been accepting of other things, we’re sure she would accept your girlfriend’s religion. Also speak to your girlfriend about what she would like to do, she may not want to go to lunch if she is unable to eat. Perhaps you could all agree a time that suits everyone like in the evening at sundown, when Ramadan has finished or visit your Nan but do not have lunch. We’re sure your Nan would just like to spend time with you either way. Da Youth Board

Got a relationship problem you could use a little advice with? Speak to your support worker and ask them to pass it on to the Hitch or Ditch crew to see if we can help. 22

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i-people Summer 2016 - Issue 16  

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The quarterly magazine for service users and supporters of 1625 Independent People