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Young homeless people help charity launch online shop


Published by PGarcia for Independent People in Housing and also in Care and Support, Communities

Bristol's leading youth housing provider, Independent People has launched an online shop with the help of its residents.

Young people were involved in designing products including T-shirts, photo greeting cards and music, some of which was performed as part of the Olympic Celebrations at the Royal Opera House in July.

Artists all over the South West  of England and even as far as Australia donated limited edition prints and original artworks to the charity for sale.

Young people and staff helped keep costs down by modelling in photo shoots and making handmade cards for sale.

Chief Executive Dom Wood said

"Having an online shop gives us a great platform to teach young people about business, budgeting and fundraising.

They get a real  kick out of seeing things sell knowing that the money raised will go straight back into the organisation which is or has supported  them.

Generous people often donate items, which we sell at festivals and events but the rest of the time those items were in storage. Now we have a virtual shop front open 24hours"  


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1625 Independent People (Independent People) exists to support young people aged 16-25  to build independent lives. They do this by helping people find and keep a safe, stable home. They offer non-judgmental support and advice, counselling, training and help finding jobs.

30  years experience of youth services provision means no other organisation in the area has the same depth of understanding of the sector.

Independent People is strategically relevant and at the forefront of support provision for young homeless people in the South West.

Every year they support up to a thousand young people with varying levels of need.

Independent People is an Industrial & Provident Society (no.23964R) – a voluntary, community focussed, not for profit organisation.

Funded by Supporting People and Children & Young Peoples Services (CYPS) in Bristol and South Gloucester, Connexions in South Gloucestershire. Big Lottery Fund for Future 4 Me project across the South West.

Main Website:

Shop website:

For more information please contact :

Pilar Garcia, Funding and Communication Officer
Tel:     0117 317 8825
Fax:     0117 317 8849
Email Address



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