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 joined Space in May 2015 and is Youth Worker in Charge for Dorchester Group and sometimes covers Weymouth. Jane previously worked for Dorset County Council as a Youth Worker and heard about Space through workshops and was immediately interested and passionately believes young people should have a place to be themselves, have fun and explore their identity in a safe space. Jane runs a book club, loves swimming, dog walking, crafts and sewing/knitting. Jane brings friendliness, honesty, and experience to the group. She hopes that Space will continue to get funding to provide more services to young people in rural areas. Her favorite cake is Victoria sponge.


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 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 an 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 about 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!


TINA

Tina is a Volunteer Youth Worker Assistant at Bournemouth group and joined Space in May 2017. Tina's son attended Space and changed his life, so she wanted to give something back to the group. Tina began youth work as a Cub Leader and volunteered in brownies. Tina enjoys writing, reading books, going to the beach, gardening and attending festivals. Tina brings a listening ear, a cheery face and bubbly personality. Her favorite cake is chocolate chip.



MARIE

Marie is a Volunteer Youth Worker Assistant at Dorchester group. She joined in July 2017 and volunteers with Space because she thinks it's a brilliant project that helps support you people. She really enjoys being apart of the group and helping out with events, such as Pride. Marie started youth work 13 years ago as an outreach worker in Reading and Basingstoke and for the last 3 years she has been a youth worker with Action for Children. Marie likes reading and enjoys going to the theatre, especially watching ballet. In the future, Marie would like to see Space continue on and expand, especially spread awareness through educational programmes to help students and teachers. Her favourite cake is chocolate fudge with lots of double cream and a flake, or a fresh cream doughnut!

GARY

Gary is a Volunteer Worker Assistant at Poole group. He started volunteering with Space to build up knowledge of youth groups that run locally. Gary started Youth Work in June 2017 and joined Space in August 2017 and would like Space Youth Project to grow in the future and help break down some barriers. His hobbies include football and doing things with his children. His favourite cake is cheesecake and Jaffa cake. 



MOLLY 

Molly is a Volunteer Youth Work Assistant at Weymouth Group. She enjoys volunteering with Space and working with the young people. She started visiting Space in May 2016, through other wrk and eventually became an official volunteer with us. Molly started volunteering with Space but has been working with young people since 2014, which got her interested in youth work. Her hobbies include watching theatre, performances, and attending festivals. Molly brings a knowledge about creative art opportunities for our members to the group. Molly would like to see young people expanding their skills through training provided by Space in the future, that they could then transfer to their everyday life. Her favourite cake is brownies. 


DANI

Dani is a Volunteer Youth Worker Assistant at Poole Group.


CHARITY

Charity is a One-to-One Volunteer and attends majority of the groups helping young members.


LAWRENCE

Lawrence is a Volunteer Youth Worker Assistant at Poole Group.


EBBY

Ebby is a Volunteer Youth Worker Assistant at Sherborne Group. She volunteers with Space because she thinks it's an important space for people to have to support them through their LGBT+ experience. Ebby joined Space because she first hand saw LGBT+ discrimination happen growing up and does her best to change that. She also runs an LGBT+ group at work and is a proud Stonewall School Champion. Her hobbies include walking and reading and she loves to attend festivals. Ebby brings an open mind and interesting perspective to Sherborne group. he would like to see Space grow in the future and become more visible. Her favourite cake is carrot cake. 


CALLUM 

Callum is an ex-member of Space who continues to help out with our Peer Leadership Programme and is receptionist at Poole Group.


DANI 

Dani is an ex-member of Space who continues to help out with our Peer Leadership Programme. 


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.




LUKE

Luke is a young person trustee and is Chairman of the Peer Leadership program. He became a trustee for Space because he's always wanted to help give back to the LGBT+ community in someway. Luke joined Space in 2016 to make more LGBT+ friends after he moved to the area. Luke's hobbies include drawing, cosplaying, studying birds and cat watching. Luke brings to Space organisation, an unbiased approach and amazing art designs for Space, such as our badges. In the future, Luke would like to see Space continue to be a safe space for LGBT+ people. His favourite cake is strawberry gateau.