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Royal visit celebrates young people's achievements



Thursday 13 July 2017

HRH The Duke of Gloucester meets young people who have faced homelessness to congratulate them as they start apprenticeships and move forward with their lives

 
Earlier today HRH The Duke of Gloucester visited young people supported by 1625ip. The visit took place at the Bristol Foyer, one of our two high support hostels for young people. The Duke of Gloucester was in attendance at the invitation of HM Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Peaches Golding OBE and was introduced to the High Sheriff of Bristol and the Lord Mayor of Bristol, alongside 1625ip staff and representatives of the charity’s Youth Board and Board of Trustees.


Image credit: Mark Simmons Photography

Left to right: HRH The Duke of Gloucester; High Sheriff of Bristol, Mr Anthony Brown; High Sheriff of Bristol's Consort, Mrs Gabrielle Brown; Lord Mayor of Bristol, Cllr Lesley Alexander; 1625ip Chair of the Board, Oliver Delaney; 1625ip CEO, Dom Wood.
 
HRH presented awards to young people who are participating in 1625ip’s groundbreaking Future Builders scheme, delivered in partnership with the OVO Foundation, South Gloucestershire and Stroud College and Bristol City Council. The young people have successfully completed a pre-apprenticeship course in construction delivered by South Gloucestershire and Stroud College in Filton. The course focused on practical learning and included the students renovating two dilapidated council buildings under the expert supervision of their college tutor; they have now moved into these homes they have created for themselves and started full time apprenticeships. The buildings are leased by Bristol City Council to 1625 Independent People at a peppercorn rent, meaning that the young people are able to live in them for the duration of their apprenticeships at a rent that is affordable on an apprentice wage.


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HRH The Duke of Gloucester presenting a certificate of achievement to Sophie, one of our Future Builders, congratulating her on succesfully completing her course and starting her apprenticeship.
 
The focus of the visit was on the many ways that 1625ip works to provide young people with education and employment opportunities as a route out of homelessness, with the support of the local community. The visiting dignitaries heard from one of 1625ip’s Project Support Workers who was previously supported by the charity and is now gaining work experience with a view to undertaking a Masters’ Degree in Social Innovation at Cambridge University in the future. 


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1625ip Project Support Worker, Tymara Plum Atkins, presenting on her inspiring personal journey and experiences.

They then had the chance to meet representatives of local businesses, housing and education providers who have partnered with 1625ip to deliver support around education, employment and training. These included Andrews Property Group and Andrews Charitable Trust, who have partnered with 1625ip to deliver their first [establish] house providing accommodation and tailored support for care leavers; Unite Students; South Gloucestershire and Stroud College; and Knightstone Housing.


Dom Wood, CEO of 1625 Independent People, commented:

“Having a visit from HRH The Duke of Gloucester is a great honour. His visit highlights the very real problem of youth homelessness and recognises how 1625 Independent People’s work with our partners is part of the solution. Lastly and most importantly, HRH’s visit recognises and celebrates the young people’s fantastic achievements.”



Read more about:

  • Our groundbreaking Future Builders project, supporting young people into careers in the construction industry.
  • Our trailblazing [establish] house, providing tailored support to access education, training and work opportunities for young people leaving care.

For more information please contact:

Beverley Mackenzie, 1625 Independent People Funding and Communication Manager, beverley.mackenzie@1625ip.co.uk or 0117 317 8800.

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