About Us

Space Youth Project has been around since 2001, starting with one group based in Bournemouth. Over the years, Space has evolved. Space is built up of seven groups, a number of services, our lovely team, and of course, our members!

OUR MISSION

SUPPORT
We support Dorset's youth who are or may be Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, or anything in between.

EMPOWER
We work to empower all young people to have high self-esteem and confidence, to give young people the support and tools to grow and stand tall, to give them a sense that they are part of a community and never alone, freedom of expression, and opportunity for socialisation.

OVERCOME
We overcome and help with integration, address issues caused or intensified by prejudice, and give full access to support and public services.

OUR SUPPORTERS & PARTNERS

We love each and every one of our supporters, whether if it's giving time, money, or talking to us... we LOVE you! See them here.

WHAT DO THE YOUNG PEOPLE SAY ABOUT US?

We'll say no more... you must click here to find out!

POLICIES & PROCEDURES

We have policies and procedures in place to ensure our young people are protected and we run as we should do. To view our policies and procedures, click here.

MEET THE TEAM

HELEN
Helen is officially the Chief Executive Officer, but only uses this title if she thinks the person she is talking to needs to know. Her other title is Project Manager - which means she doesn't loaf about much! She spends a lot of time talking to people about Space, either face to face or on the phone. Helen sources our funding and makes sure it's spent properly and effectively. She gets hundreds of emails - they're important but she'd love to have none in her inbox just for a day. She also helps the board of trustees make sure we do things properly and legally. Helen joined Space in May 2003 as the development worker, which included engaging with LGBT+ young people and getting groups up and running. She thinks she did her first bit of official youth work in 1991 - it was a long, long time ago. Sadly, she doesn't get involved in the groups much now but when she does, she brings an activity of some sort and has an ability to get young people to talk honestly. She doesn't take much nonsense and it's quite hard to pull the wool over her eyes, but she loves our young people, cares a lot, and will help them as much as possible. Her dream is to retire because the world is free of biphobia, homophobia, and transphobia. Helen's favourite thing is sailing, but likes anything to do with the outdoors and the sea and rivers. She also loves food, socialising, dancing, and yoga. Helen's favourite cake is potato cake with proper butter.

SARAH
Sarah is Project Co-ordinator, Administrator, Youth Worker, Secretary and Head Baker. She is the Youth Worker in Charge for Poole Group as well as Supernovas, and covers all other groups as needed. She joined Space in April 2011, and started working with young people in 1987 running a youth arts project. Sarah joined Space because their work is essential and gives her the opportunity to work with an amazing group of young people. Sarah brings a sense of humour, a female presence to Poole group, and experience from myriad youth work settings and dynamics. Sarah's hopes for Space are for long-term financial stability, but ultimately for there to be no need for LGBT+ safe havens because society will have changed for the better and there is no discrimination against LGBT+ people. Sarah enjoys baking, travelling, sewing, and Radio 4. Her favourite cake is Dorset apple cake.

RACHEL
Rachel is a Youth & Education Worker for Space. She is leader-in-charge of Bournemouth, T-Group, and Sherborne, and also works to help develop Space in rural Dorset. She joined in October 2015 when the perfect opportunity present itself with a random meeting on the beach. Having worked in schools for five years she was dying to get back into a proper youth work role, and working within the LGBT+ community is something very close to her heart. Rachel adores the inimitable Space team she works with and counts herself very lucky indeed! She has quite the mischievous streak and loves the strange and unusual in absolutely everything. Reading and being in the sun with her friends are her favourite past times and her favourite cakes are lemon drizzle or brownies.

JANE
Jane is Youth Worker in Charge for Dorchester Group.







DAVID
David is Youth Worker in Charge for Bournemouth group. He also helps out at Dorchester and Poole. David joined Space in December 2013 because he was looking for a way to help people, and started youth work in January 2014. He brings happiness and laughter to the groups, and as a younger youth worker, is easier for some young people to talk to. He would like more funding in the future for Space. David enjoys reading and gaming. His favourite cake is chocolate cake.

JAY
Jay is a Volunteer Youth Work Assistant for T-Group. He joined Space in March 2014 with four years' experience of youth work, because he wanted to put back into his community. He brings first-hand experience to the group along with the ability to eat cake! He hopes for more sponsorship for activities and for Space to have its own space. Jay likes Formula 1, Poole, and the countryside. His favourite is Victoria sandwich cake.



CHRIS
Chris is a Volunteer Youth Work Assistant for Bournemouth group, and he does this because it was missing when he was growing up and wants to give something to the next generation. He joined Space in June 2015, bringing his sense of humour with him. Chris likes being fabulous, cinema, and Mario Kart. He hopes Space will continue doing excellent youth work and his favourite cake is red velvet!

GLEN
Glen is one of our Events Volunteers. He joined Space in 2010 and has been involved in Youth Work since 1994. For the future Glen hopes Space will grow, prosper, and carry on to a brighter future for young people. His favourite cake is carrot and walnut cake.





ELI
Eli is our Business Admin Apprentice. He joined Space in June 2016 as a member of Bournemouth group, T-group, and Poole Group, and became Space's first ever apprentice in June 2017. Since becoming a young member he was inspired by the work Space do and personally benefitted from the support Space offered. He continues to help carry on the work we deliver. He enjoys crafts such as embroidery and painting. Eli would love to see Space no longer needed due to LGBT+ people being accepted by society. His favourite cake is Victoria sponge.





CAMERON
Cameron is an Admin Volunteer and Vice Chair of Supernovas (our senior group of members.) He joined Space in April 2016 as part of his Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award. Cameron volunteers in the Space office every week working on our social media platforms, marketing and branding Space wherever he can, and assisting Sarah in different opportunities including securing schools for our education programmes and representing Space at conferences and events. Cameron is passionate about the work Space does and would love for Space to have its own charity patrons in the near future. He loves politics, travelling, and organising anything. He also has a slight obsession with the Royal Family. His favourite cakes are strawberry macaroons.

MICHELLE
Michelle is a Youth Worker and Administrator for Space Youth Project. She joined Space in December 2016. Michelle does youth work where she is needed, so might be found at any Space group or doing outreach work. In the Space office, Michelle has lots of varied tasks from IT, to writing the newsletter, to turning feedback into data. She loves motorbikes and will happily talk to them all day to anyone who cares to listen. Michelle believes the work that Space does for the young people and their families and friends across Dorset is absolutely invaluable - long may it continue! Her favourite cakes have real cream in them, such as chocolate ├ęclairs or apple turnovers!



RENO
Reno is Volunteer Admin Supervisor and joined Space because of the support he got from Space as a young person and the way that positively affected his life, enabling him to support other young people. He joined Space in 2002 as a young person and became a volunteer in 2004. Reno brings his experience of being in a position of needing support so he can understand the needs of young people In the future he opes for a massive increase in funding so we can expand our already marvellous operations, possibly even outside Dorset. Reno likes stuffing his face, spending too much time on computer games, collecting bruises at martial arts classes, getting lost in forests, and impressing people with his knowledge of spiders! His favourite cake is lemon drizzle.

MAX
Max is an Admin Volunteer and Supernova, and has been with Space since November 2014. He joined us looking for something to do and was interest in and cared about Space. He brings to Space his attention to detail, excellent literacy skills, and infinite goat knowledge. Max enjoys video games, cute animals, and general nerdy stuff. His favourite cake is chocolate fudge.

KIRSTY
Kirsty is Volunteer Admin Support and joined Space because it is open-minded, inclusive, and accessible. She has helped out since 2008, bringing happiness and random information to the team! She hopes Space will just get better and better and better. Kirsty likes arts and crafts and watching films. She likes all cakes!





MEET OUR BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Space Youth Project Board 2016, better known as 'The Magnificent Seven'

HARRY
Harry is Chair of the Trustees, which means he facilitates the running of meetings and is ultimately responsible (read: he's part of a committee but gets the cool title.) He joined in October 2002 (at the beginning of Space Youth Project) because he wanted to give to the LGBT+ community, but couldn't do youth work as his day job involves working with young people. Harry brings American brashness and he has the ability to move things on and get things done. He hopes for secure funding and for Space to continue indefinitely because we have amazing young people, staff, and volunteers - it would be insane to close because of money! Harry's favourite cake is Devil's food.


GILL
Gill is a trustee, which includes overseeing the project, finances and fundraising, and helping behind the scenes. She joined Space in December 2012 as she likes to support young people in diverse communities. As a lesbian herself, she didn't find it easy growing up, so is happy to give back now. She hopes she brings support, good ideas, training, enthusiasm and motivation. Gill hopes that Space will become more recognised and well-known in the community, and for further growth and involvement. She enjoys photographing, architecture, body boarding, cycling and outdoor activities. Gill's favourite cake is Key lime pie!



JOHN
John is a trustee and Health and Safety Officer. He joined Space in April 2011 to see it is somewhere that is safe and where young people can talk, get support, and be part of an LGBT+ community that stops hate crime and bullying. John is interested in young people and has knowledge of mental health and safety. John hopes space can raise lots of money, have a building and move away from political control. He enjoys walking, music, bingo, and his church. John's favourite cakes are cupcakes.





MICHAEL
Michael is a trustee and joined Space in February 2014 to give something back, as he got a lot of help when he first moved to Bournemouth. He brings rainbow face painting, talking to people and empathy in his role and hopes that the big issues of funding is taken away so Space can blossom across the UK! Michael enjoys antiques, quizzes, and reads a lot. His favourite cake is cheesecake.







NEIL
Neil is a trustee and has been with Space since 2001. He set up Over The Rainbow and Space evolved from there. He is glad to be involved with Space again. He helps with fundraising although he thinks it is terrible that we have to spend so much time on it. Neil has seen Space grow into a healthy entity and brings historical knowledge, smiles, and fun to the organisation. He hopes Space can grow without being financially limited and that Helen is able to work with young people and now a laptop, and also that we have more money for admin so our youth workers can focus on youth work more. Neil enjoys travelling, reading and transportation. He doesn't have a sweet tooth, but when pushed for an answer, said his favourite cake would be chocolate ├ęclair.

PETER
Peter is a trustee and joined in September 2014. He thinks Space is a very important organisation and although he has only recently become aware of us, he has seen young people doing talks and being truly inspirational - also Sarah twisted his arm! Peter has a variety of experiences, has worked as a trustee before, and is enthusiastic. He hopes for secure funding, growth, more diverse experiences for young people, and world domination! Peter enjoys archaeology, reading about prehistory, and visiting ancient sites. His favourite cake is coffee and walnut.