South West charity 1625 Independent People is set for a boost after being selected by national law firm Bevan Brittan as its Bristol office charity.

The office’s two-year partnership with the Old Market Street-based organisation, which works with young people who are homeless, leaving care or at risk of homelessness, began on 1st May.

Bevan Brittan hopes to support 1625 Independent People in two ways – through organising fundraising activities and pursuing volunteering opportunities. The charity is based just around the corner from Bevan Brittan’s Kings Orchard premises which will enable colleagues to conveniently meet up with the charity and support its work on a regular basis.

1625 Independent People provides a range of assistance to young people, including safe, stable accommodation and practical and emotional support to help them build relationships, develop independent living skills and access jobs and training.

The new office charity was selected after Bevan Brittan’s hugely successful two-year partnership with Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC) came to an end. The Bristol office raised a phenomenal £58,000 for GWAAC, funds described as “transformational” by the charity. Bevan Brittan hopes to replicate that level of success with 1625 Independent People.

David Hobbs, Partner and Bristol Office Head at Bevan Brittan, said: “There were lots of reasons why 1625 Independent People was the stand-out charity for the Bristol team and we are keen to support a cause that helps young people, particularly in light of the difficulties they have faced over the last few years since the pandemic.

“It has been a pleasure working with GWAAC over the past two years and we hope that our partnership with 1625 Independent People will prove to be just as successful.”

Dom Wood, CEO at 1625 Independent People, said: “We are thrilled to have been chosen as Bevan Brittan’s charity partner. I have known the firm well for many years and always admired the quality of their work and their personal approach. It is through fantastic partnerships such as this, that 1625ip are able to continue to support young homeless people and care leavers, throughout Bristol and the South West.”

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