Relationship Building

Positive and healthy relationships and friendships with
other people are really important. They enable us to feel safe and are good for our wellbeing.

However, some relationships are positive, and some might not be. Many of the young people we support have experienced difficult relationships; the most common reason for a young person to become homeless is through a breakdown in a family relationship.

If you are a young person, we will talk to you about your relationships and help you to build positive relationship building skills. This can include family, friends, partners, housemates, neighbours, teachers, social workers, employers, colleagues.

of young people were supported to remain with their family, through our Bristol Youth MAPS service, preventing them from entering the homeless pathway
of our Peer Educators felt better able to work with others, following their training
of young people who were involved in our Engagement & Learning work felt better able to work with others


The biggest difference is having someone there when you need them. Someone you can rely on and someone who listens.
1625ip got me supported housing and helped with reconnecting the family, it has really helped
I was lost and I didn't know what to do, Bristol Youth MAPS was the first step and they started everything going, like First Response and contacting my school. I don't know what I would have done otherwise.


A Reboot Coach supported Amy using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) as Amy was unhappy and was disengaging from her childcare course. Amy was able to make life-changing, positive choices.   Amy, just 18, was living independently after an irretrievable breakdown with her mother. Amy’s had only just moved into her new flat – her


Jordan learnt a lot through mentoring “Having a mentor allows me to get my ideas out rather than staying in my own mind; they don’t shut you down.”   Jordan found it difficult to make and sustain friendships and focus on a route for education training or employment. Jordan often says he has ‘tried everything’


The story of working to build a positive relationship with an asylum seeking child, who has experienced trauma and struggles to trust and engage with professionals.   Noor is a young Sudanese person who was moved to a foster placement at 16 years old. By nature, all the UASC young people we work with arrive


Marie had moved from London to Bristol due to a relationship breakdown with mum. She had family members living in Bristol. Marie felt she wanted a new start and wanted to focus on employment, education and housing. She had experienced a traumatic relationship breakdown with her partner in London, with reports of harassment. She presented


Johnny had struggled with education in the past and presented with a number of significant physical and mental health challenges. Nevertheless, he wanted to explore interesting things that he could do with his time. Johnny had been living in high support accommodation for six months. During that time, he had been learning how to manage


Andrew lived with his Mum but due to ongoing conflict he ended up living at the elsewhere. After a period, he returned to live with his Mum, but unfortunately this broke down again and he returned to other supported housing. Andrew found this environment incredibly difficult to manage and this had a detrimental impact on


Damon had to leave his family home due to a breakdown in the relationship with his father. Damon had struggled with the school system as he felt that they did not understand his needs well – he suffers from a rare condition affecting his sight and is legally classed as partially blind. In addition to


A bit about Kayleigh Kayleigh describes her life before 1625ip as difficult. She lived with her family in a house that was overcrowded. She had to share a bedroom with her 3 siblings and her newborn baby daughter which came with a lot of challenges. Kayleigh described the relationship between her and her family as


A story of a young person who experienced the trauma of an abusive relationship, who initially struggled to trust support workers. She now lives independently with her baby, and confidence in the future ahead.   Before she came to live with 1625 Independent People, Sophie had suffered a lot of trauma. She had a strained


A story of a young person developing through 1625ip’s opportunities for engagement and learning, overcoming mental health struggles, volunteering with 1625ip, and prevention of youth homelessness through Peer Education and peer mentoring.  Caleb has come from a violent and unstable family life dealing with aggressive behaviour and his own gender acceptances. After needing the safety


Why did Katie need support from 1625ip? Before meeting Katie, we were told by her social worker and other professionals that she struggled to engage with professional support. She didn’t reach out for support, didn’t answer text messages or phone calls, and sometimes didn’t answer the door. Fortunately, the Reboot West project allows the time


Why did Oscar need support from 1625ip? Oscar spoke to his support worker about his concerns about his mental health. He lacked the confidence to go out because of his disability and was worried about peoples judgements. His support worker suggested finding Oscar a mentor with who he could spend time, and do things to


Why did James need support from 1625ip? When James started working with his support worker, he had recently moved from a hostel into his own housing association flat. He was suffering from anxiety stemming from feelings of isolation, as he had little contact with his family. Although James has a close friend, he lives an


Why did Ellie need support from 1625ip? When Ellie came to 1625ip, her life was unstable and she was unsure about home. She had recently been placed back with her family after a 7-month hospital admission despite tensions with her family and she feared that this was not a suitable place for her. However, at


Why did Jazmine need support from 1625ip? Jazmine faced challenges to her physical, mental, and emotional health from a very young age following traumatic experiences of rejection and instability in her home life. This led to difficulties in forming attachments with peers and trusted adults, which impacted Jazmine’s schooling significantly. During her early adolescent years,