Meet the Team

 

Our team are an unbelievable source of information, dedicated to providing a safe space for and helping LGBT+ youth in Dorset. Get to know the people who make Space Youth Project what it is.

If you are interested in joining the team, you can check out our vacancies or contact us.

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Helen W - she/her

CEO

07973 405280

helen@spaceyouthproject.co.uk

Helen is our CEO, tireless in her pursuit of equality and is the driving force behind Space Youth Project. She sources our funding, manages our resources and most importantly she inspires us.

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Helen G - she/her

Project Coordinator

heleng@spaceyouthproject.co.uk

 

Helen is our new Project Coordinator/ Admin. She believes young people should have a safe place where they can access guidance and advice from youth workers and peers.

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Charity - she/her

Youth Worker in Charge/

One to One Worker

charity@spaceyouthproject.co.uk

Charity is the Youth Worker in Charge of our Beaminster group as well as our one to one worker who helps our young people reach their goals. She joined us in 2014 in order to use her knowledge and experience to help others.

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Dean - he/him

Youth Worker in Charge
dean@spaceyouthproject.co.uk

Dean is our new Leader in Charge Youth Worker in Sherborne 
He has been working with young people for over 15 years and is very passionate about young people having the opportunities and choices they deserve. He believes that every young person can overcome barriers and achieve their goals.  

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Megan - she/her

Social Media Admin

megan@spaceyouthproject.co.uk

Megan runs our social media platforms. She wants to help spread Space's message as far as possible so that people can find us easily and so they know that we exist and that we are here to support them.

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Jane - she/her

Youth Worker in Charge

07932 439000

jane@spaceyouthproject.co.uk

Jane is our Youth Worker in Charge for Dorchester and Weymouth. She believes young people should have a safe place where they can explore their sexuality and identity. 

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Kirsty - she/her

Youth Worker in Charge

07584 096444
kirsty@spaceyouthproject.co.uk

Kirsty is the Youth Worker in Charge for our Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole groups, using her years of experience in working with young people. She also works with our young people to help engage them in shaping every aspect of the services we deliver.

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Mel - she/her

Training & Education Volunteer

 

Mel is our training and education volunteer. She delivers training for teachers on inclusive schools and age-appropriate workshops for young people on diverse families, gender and sexuality. You can find out more about the workshops Mel delivers here and how to contact her!

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Deborah - she/her

Volunteer Counsellor

Deborah started with Space as part of a placement. She is now a trained counsellor and offering Space members free counselling. She wanted to offer counselling to LGBT+ young people after researching into the multiple issues they face.

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Lucy - she/her

Training Volunteer Counsellor

Lucy is a trainee volunteer counsellor who is doing a placement with Space. She has worked with young people for the last five years and believes she can help Space users to speak about issues they are facing and give them a safe, confidential space.

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Abbie - she/her

Volunteer Youth Work Assistant

 

Abbie volunteers at our Bournemouth group. She wants to give LGBT+ young people the support she wished she'd had and provide them a space to talk about any issues they may be facing.

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Chris - he/him

Volunteer Youth Work Assistant

Chris helps out at Bournemouth group. He likes to volunteer with Space because it's something he didn't have growing up. He wants to give something to the next generation.

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David - he/him

Volunteer Youth Work Assistant

David volunteers at Poole Group  and Trans Family Days. He is committed to ensuring young LGBT+ people have a better future.

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Dylan - he/him

Volunteer Youth Work Assistant

 

Dylan is a volunteer at our Trans Family Days and used to be a young person at Space. He wanted to use his personal experiences and knowledge to help give back to the community.

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Josh - he/him

Volunteer Youth Work Assistant

Josh is one of our volunteers at Bournemouth group. He feels best when he is able to help others feel safe and happy and joined Space with that goal in mind. There's a lot of pain in the word, and he wants to do something about it - no matter how small that something may be.

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Jo C - They/Them

Volunteer Youth Work Assistant

Jo is a volunteer at our Poole & Bournemouth groups. Jo wants to show their support for the LGBT+ community and help young people blossom into their adult lives.

They are also a tattoo artist and a youtuber! Their videos are available here.

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Jodie - she/her

Volunteer Youth Work Assistant

Jodie helps out at our Poole group as well as being a current member of Space. She wanted to gain a greater understanding of working and supporting young people around gender identity.

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Liz - she/her

Volunteer Youth Work Assistant

 

Liz is a volunteer at Poole group. She wanted to work with young people as she finds it extremely rewarding and has a lot of personal experience she brings to the group.

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Naomi - she/her

Volunteer Youth Work Assistant

Naomi volunteers with our education specialist Mel in schools around Dorset

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Spencer - he/him

Volunteer Youth Work Assistant

Spencer is a volunteer at our Bournemouth group. He joined Space in hopes to give back to the LGBT+ community, gain experience and fight for equality.

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Tobias - he/him

Volunteer Youth Work Assistant

Tobias first joined Space as a member in 2015 & has recently returned as a volunteer to better understand how we support young people as a part of his Master's Degree in creative psychotherapy and counselling. He aspires to specialise in supporting LGBT+ youth with their wellbeing, mental health and identity in the future.

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Kirsty - she/her

Volunteer Admin Support

Kirsty has been volunteering in the Space office since 2008. She loves that Space is accessible, open-minded and inclusive.

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Max - he/him

Volunteer Admin Support

Max volunteers weekly in the Space office, he started off as a member before joining the team.

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Gary - he/him

Finance Support Volunteer

Gary volunteers to help with Space's finances. He brings decades of experience to the Space team. 

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Alice - she/her

Volunteer Social Media

Alice helps with social media. I want to help spread Space’s message so no young person feels lost or alone.

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Jo D

Event & Transport Volunteer 

Jo helps out as an event and transport volunteer.

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Mick

Event & Transport Volunteer 

Mick helps out as an event and transport volunteer.

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Laura

Event & Transport Volunteer 

Laura helps out as an event and transport volunteer.

Meet the Board

 

Our board of Trustees is the backbone of Space Youth Project! Some of them have been here since the beginning and others have joined in the last year, all of them helping shape the service that Space provides to our young people. To get in contact with the board, please email trustees@spaceyouthproject.co.uk

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Harry - he/him

Co-Chair of Trustees

Harry helps facilitate our Board of Trustee meetings. Harry works with young people and brings an outside expertise to the table.

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Eli -he/him

Trustee
 

Eli is became a Trustee after leaving his role within Space. He has personally benefited from Space's service and it inspired him to continue working with the LGBT+ community.

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Charlee - she/her

Co-Chair of Trustee

Charlee is a Trustee as well as doing some administration work with us. Space is a project that Charlee holds close to her heart, previously volunteering when the project began.

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Michael - he/him

Trustee

Michael became a Trustee as he wanted to give back. He prides himself on his creativity, rainbow face painting, empathy and understanding.

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Neil - he/him

Trustee

 

Neil helped set up Over the Rainbow and Space has evolved from there. Neil has seen Space grown into a healthy and vital resource to young LGBT+ people.

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Lynne - she/her

Trustee

 

Lynne recently became a Trustee and is a nurse working in the charity sector reducing inequalities in access to health care. She is passionate about the strength of community in solving social problems.

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Sarah G - she/her

Trustee

 

Sarah became a Trustee after leaving her position as Space's Project Manager. She still works on some projects and helps deliver our training workshops.

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Natalie - She/Her

Trustee

Natalie is the most recent Space Trustee and heads up the Finance & HR team for an animation studio. She wants to support the project as she thinks it is imperative for LGBT+ youth to have a safe space to learn about themselves and the wider community.