Member Spotlight: Space Youth Project

Each month we shine the spotlight on one of our Members so that you can find out a little more about them and the amazing people behind the logos! This month we chat to Helen from Space Youth Project in Dorset


Group Stats:
Joined: May 2012
Structure: Charity and a Limited Company about to become a Community Interest Organisation
Mission:  To support LGBT+ & Questioning young people across Dorset.

Space was started by a small group of gay boys and lesbian girls in 2001 and has evolved over the years.  Space is built up of seven groups and now also offers equality and diversity training along with a host of services and resrouces.

This month we put Helen, CEO of Space, under the Spotlight to find out more about the people behind the logo.

LGBTC - Tell us a bit about how you first got involved in Space

I went for an advertised part time youth work job with Space in 2002 and after a gruelling interview with a bunch of young people GOT IT.  I was chuffed – really excited and honoured to be chosen – I think it may have helped that my presentation involved pink, glitter and feathers – no sweeping generalisations there but …

LGBTC - What motivates you and the organisation?

The young people – and sadly the continued need for specialist LGBT+ services. 

When you evaluate a piece of work it reinforces the positive affect that Space has on the young people, parents, carers and professionals we work with.  We still save lives and dramatically change futures.

LGBT - What do you think will be the biggest challenge for your group/organisation in 2016?

Ensuring that people realise there is still a need – things are much improved but there is still a way to go to reach total equality and understanding or difference.

LGBTC - Tell us about a recent success story that you would like to share with other Members

Every week we positively impact on the lives of young people – we make them smile. At an LGBT Reception at No. 10 Downing street his week (16.5.16) I was able to discuss positive role models in sport with Leanne Sanderson (out lesbian football player), and my disappointment that school equal ops policies and procedures sit on shelves and aren’t working documents with Nick Gibb, Minister of State for Schools.  Not normally a schmoozer but sometimes these things have to be done in your bare feet!

LGBTC - What type/structure is your group and why did you decide on this type of group?

We are currently a Charity and a Limited Company but are in the process of changing to a Community Interest Organisation.  When we became a charity in 2006 there weren’t as many options – now we are changing to make financial management more streamlined and our trustees more secure – this was obviously a decision made by the trustees not me.

LGBTC – can tell us something you have experienced while changing into a Community Interest Organisation?  

It’s quite time consuming to set up – but once done reporting is annual and relatively easy.

LGBTC – How do you use your Membership with LGBT Consortium?

To be keep up to speed with latest developments, to help with funding and to have the opportunity for partnership working, advice and information if needed, to network when we have time.  LGBT Consortium is there for us if we need them and we are thankful for that.

LGBTC - What one piece of advice would you give to our Members who are just starting out?

Remember to enjoy your work – sometimes it can feel overwhelming and daunting – but every tiny bit of work you do has a massive impact somewhere or to someone.  Remember to take time out for YOU too.

LGBTC - What one thing would you like to hear about from other LGBT Consortium Members?

What’s have you found is the best/ most appreciated way to ‘thank’ your volunteers. 

Where can I buy a magic wand? 

How can we win the lottery?  


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