The Salus Project (1625 Independent People)

1625 Independent People is one of twenty nine charities from across England, working with women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, that has been awarded a grant from Homeless Link’s Ending Women’s Homelessness grants programme, funded by the Government’s Tampon Tax Fund.

Relationship breakdown is the most common reason for youth homelessness. Many homeless young women have experienced or witnessed domestic or sexual violence.

The Salus Project targets the link between homelessness and domestic or sexual violence, through providing direct support to young women, and capacity building within the partner organisations. Through this, young women better engage with the right support, young women who have experienced trauma feel empowered, and young women gain the tools to develop healthy relationships and live independently. 

The project works with young women aged 16-25 in the South West, with a focus on Bristol and South Gloucestershire. It is led by 1625ip, with the partner organisations of Julian House, Next Link and SARSAS.

Dawn Taylor, Operations Director at 1625 Independent People said: "We know the great impact of relationships – both positive and negative – on young women. Relationship breakdown is the leading cause of youth homelessness.

"Our trauma-informed work helps young people move away from the effects of damaging events in their lives, to overcome homelessness. Our key tool for change is through establishing a healthy trusting relationship.The young women that we support told us young women need more support and advice with healthy relationships. We listened to them.

"We are delighted to have this funding to better meet the needs of young women, reducing their exposure to violence and supporting homeless young women into independence through holistic tailored support."