A word from the Chief Inspiration. Pushing yourself to tr y something out of your comfort zone can definitely be worth it. I’ve just taken up roller blading, I have also taken to jumping off a 40ft cliff into the sea once a year. It sounds terrifying but is truly exhilarating. I’m not suggesting ever yone should take a running jump, just that it’s good to tr y and find something that suits you and give it a go. If you’re not sure what that is - there’s only one thing for it; tr y lots of things. From radio production to carpentr y, to cooking workshops and football, we’ve got so much stuff going on. Not just here at 1625ip but all over Bristol, South Glos and beyond. Ever ywhere I look in 1625ip there are inspiring people; working for us, supporting us and being supported by us. Inside this issue you’ll find inter views with Steffan ‘the welly man’ Lemke, student Social Worker Sophie, Operations Manager and Manicurist extraordinaire Victoria and Mario, a former ser vice user who’s now a driving insructor and mixed martial artist! (But never at the same time) This year we’ve been chosen as the Varsity
Series charity. The two Universities in Bristol pitch against each other in all manner of sports over a few weeks raising funds for the Unions and charities. They normally choose two charities but this year we were chosen by both Student Unions. That feels really special. We support lots of students who get into difficulties, especially those living away from home for the first time, so it’s a great opportunity for us to promote our ser vices within the Universities. We’re really looking for ward to the games – but doubt we’ll be picking sides this year. Enjoy! Dom Wood Chief Exec 1625ip 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. 3
The quarterly magazine for service users and supporters of 1625 Independent People.