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Issue 6 SUMMER 2013

Independent People’s Quarterly Magazine


Get in touch anytime... Freephone for service users: 0800 731 72 13

5...Welcome To The Foyer 6 - 7...Big Ups For Good Stuff 8...Cashpoint Project 9...Universal Credit Basics 10...Skint? Be Prepared! 13...Big Dip Article 17...Poem - Portia Nelson 18...Chicken And Leek Bake Recipe 20 - 21...KWAYA Youth Choir 23...Useful Numbers

Head Office Kingsley Hall 59 Old Market Street, Bristol, BS2 0ER 0117 317 8800 South Gloucestershire 23 The Parade Coniston Road Patchway Bristol BS34 5LP 01454 865 732 St Georges House 101 St Georges Road Hotwells Bristol BS1 5UP 0117 927 6600 Bristol Foyer 2a Victoria Street BS1 6DT 0117 927 6805 Find us on Facebook “Independent People” Follow us on Twitter #1625ip





Jade gets Youth Medal from the Lord Mayor of Bristol Each year Bristol celebrates heroes and heroines for their selfless work with and for others in the community by presenting them with a Lord Mayor Medal. This year Bristol recognised the work of young people with a new under 25 category. Jade, a Peer Educator in our Upfront project was nominated for her tireless voluntary work. Jade has been delivering of our peer education programme since last summer – planning and delivering sessions to groups of young people aged 14-17 across schools, colleges and youth settings in Bristol. The aim of the project is to give young people a safe space to talk about and dispel myths about homelessness. Peer educators also encourage young people who might be at risk to get support and advice from the services offered in Bristol.

“official ‘thank you’ to Bristol’s unsung heroes and heroines” The Lord Mayor Councillor Peter Main said ‘the new Lord Mayor Youth Medal is the city’s official ‘thank you’ to Bristol’s unsung heroes and heroines and goes some way to making sure they get their well earned moment in the city’s spotlight’. Well done Jade!









Sort out your differences Mediation is used to help people to sort out their differences. Our aim is to help prevent you from becoming homeless due to a conflict. We try to find a way forward that everyone feels will work. Do you know someone who is involved in a dispute that may result in them becoming homeless ? Bristol Homeless Mediation Service may be able to help. For more information ask for a leaflet or phone/ text the number below

Free phone: 0800 Or text/call:

731 7213 07772445404

Kingsley Hall, 59 Old Market Street Bristol, BS2 0ER


BIG Earlier this year David Morgan, entrepeuner and ex-1625ip Board Member teamed up with local business Jame’s Food to help some young people gain business experience in the catering trade.

About 4 months ago Kennedy and Ben decided to try their hand at catering on a BIG scale.


Two young men, Ben and Kennedy decided to give it a go. Jame’s Food sells dips like hummous and harrisa at markets. Ben and Kennedy are learning everything they need to know about food production, storage, pricing, selling and they are soon going to start looking into how to run a business. This is what they’ve thought so far.. It was quite difficult at first but as it’s gone on it’s got easier. We’ve learned at lot of stuff! How to do prepping and get organised. We’ve learned a lot of Health and Safety and Food Hygiene Awareness. David is really good - he’s easy to get on with and has a lot of experience to offer, he’s been working in the industry for years. He’s like our mentor. But we can have a laugh with him and he never bosses us around! He’s always telling us business stuff and about courses - he’s a great source for contacts. He’s put us in touch with the Fredericks Foundation that helps disadvantaged people set up/expand their own business to achieve financial independence and Brave, an organisation that helps start-ups.

Now they’re learning how to start a business

Both said that if it wasn’t for this they would be looking for jobs and the rest of the time “nothing interesting” and “sitting on my backside”.


David says...”They have shown real commitment for no pay. They now run our operation, not me, I am the passenger! And their potwasher-in-chief! I think it makes them very employable. It just shows, give someone half a chance, and there is no stopping them. Well done guys!


Call us for FREE advice about housing or homelessness on

Independent People has been helping young people for over 30 years. We ONLY work with young people. We can help with your HOUSING, working out FAMILY problems and help you stay SAFE and off the street.

Good things happen when you Get out of your comfort zone Independent People Youth Involvement Programme April 2013 Young people take a trip to the high ropes. Brilliant sense of risk in a safe environment and learning about teamwork.


Achievement Board Here are some of the things the young people who came to the last Involvement Programme said they felt they had gained or achieved. Some of them may seem quite simple and some are massive. Well done to the Spring 2013 Crew! All have gone on to either enrol in a course or find work.

Got up early Sent a professional e-mail Made a phone call Found getting up easier

Less depressed Dealing with stress So much more positive Only missed 2 days


“Learnt more in this three weeks than I did at school”

feel like I have knocked down 10 walls if you know what I mean” Still here on second week Regularised my sleeping pattern Recognised myself and need for change Improved my motivation Used computers to research

Signed up to another course Only missed 1 day Feel more confident A lot of learning without really knowing about it Can see a big change in myself Overcame my frustration when completing a risk assessment

The Involvement Programme runs twice a year - next sign up is September - speak to your support worker about getting ready for it.



nom nom nom Chicken & leek pasta bake

What you need... • 600ml (1 pint) milk • 30ml (2 tbsp) plain f lour • 60g (1½ oz) butter • 300g (10½ oz) pasta • 2 leeks, sliced • 500g (1lb 2oz) chicken breasts (replace with soya alternative if you prefer veg1. Put milk, f lour and half the butter into gie). a saucepan and whisk continuously over a 40g (1½oz) fresh white medium heat, until the butter has melted and • the sauce has thickened. Leave to simmer over breadcrumbs a very low heat for 5 minutes, stirring occa• 40g (1½ oz) grated cheese sionally. Season well 2.

Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan 180°C/400°F/gas 6.


Slice the chicken into chunks and fry in butter till cooked.


Melt the remaining butter in a frying pan and fry the leeks, onion and garlic.

5. Meanwhile, cook pasta in boiling salted water according to packet instructions, then drain. 6. When the leeks are ready, place the sauce, chicken, pasta and leeks in a large bowl and stir thoroughly. 7. Spoon the mixture into a shallow ovenproof dish. Mix together breadcrumbs and cheese and sprinkle over the top. 8.

Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes until golden and crusty on top.

9. EAT.





Useful Numbers In an emergency for Fire, Police and Ambulance services dial 999 SHELTER 24 hour freephone number:

0808 800 444

SMELL GAS OR SUSPECT A LEAK? Call National Grid using a phone outside your home and then call your landlord’s repair line 0800 111999 POWER FAILURE- ELECTRICITY 24 hours 0800 365 900 Councils Bristol City Council (8.30am- 8pm) 0117 922 2200 Emergency Control Centre (24 hrs) 0117 922 2050 South Glos Council (Switchboard and out of hours) 01454 868686 Police (main switchboard) 0845 4567 000 Emergency 999 Hospitals and Health Bristol Royal Infirmary (BRI) 0117 923 0000 Southmead Hospital 0117 950 5050 Frenchay Hospital 0117 970 1212 NHS Direct (24Hrs) 0845 4647 GP / Health Centres 0845 4647

RSPCA (pets)

0300 1234 999

Useful Mental Health contacts: tel: 0117 980 0370 tel: 0300 5000 927 tel: 01249 468 000 Avon and Wiltshire NHS: Bristol active life project

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If you’re a Service User use the


0800 731 7213

number to contact your support worker If you need help, advice or want to talk about something that’s worrying you - your support worker will try to help you or will put you in touch with the right people. There’s always someone to talk to. Check the back of your Service User Handbook for other useful organisations and freephone numbers. 23

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