Monday, 5 February 2018

Exhibit is Going up!

The portraits Space Youth Project commissioned Bournemouth and Poole College to photograph are being put up today! Flirt Cafe in Bournemouth is kindly hosting the portraits for two weeks as well as the private viewing tonight. Space and students involved are working hard to get them up so make sure you visit Flirt to see them in person!

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Gender Neutral Toilets!

Bournemouth and Poole College have a gender neutral toilet right in reception! It's amazing to see how a sign on a door affected our young people and how happy they were to feel accommodated. It would be lovely to see more places following suit! 

Monday, 15 January 2018

New SYP Pens

Check out our brand new Space Youth Project pens, they nearly make a rainbow!

Monday, 4 December 2017

Trans Day of Rememberance

On the 19th November, we gathered in Bournemouth to commemorate the 334 lives lost to transphobic violence all across the world. It was a beautiful ceremony thanks to Space Youth Project, Communi-T, and the MC Church. We also had a presence at the Dorchester vigil on the 20th December. Thank you so much to Cissa Rego for letting us use their beautiful photography from the event

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Poole Grammar Teacher Training

Yesterday, Space traveled to Poole Grammar School to deliver its Anti homophobic, biphobic and transphobic training to approximately 70 teaching staff. It was great to see Space's leaflets and poster in the Reception upon our arrival!

Initially nervous being apart of the delivery of the assembly it was great to see a familiar face in one of the teaching staff, originally from St Edward's. Also, Mr Chase made us feel incredibly welcome and helped calm any nerves or worries I had.

It was amazing to see Space in action, proving that the work we do is so vital in supporting everyone, both staff and students, in being true to themselves.

Covering a wide range of topics from rainbow alliances to defining what equality and diversity means the presentation was incredibly informative and relevant. Part of the presentation was using Space's 'equality game' were members of staff are given a persona, for example, an older gay man or a transgender woman and they were asked to step forward or backward depending on the statement read out, which could limit the person from doing certain activities such as, travelling to any country in the world without being discriminated, or worse.

Even though the activity was a game, I think this really puts into perspective how important protecting and supporting LGBT+ people is and overall, fighting for equality so no one has to stand at the back of the line...


Thursday, 16 November 2017

Trans Youth Network Conference

On Saturday 11th November, Ollie, Eli and Helen travelled to London to attend the annual Trans Youth Network Conference. This year's focus at the conference was 'Trans Representation in the Media'. There were interesting workshops focusing on the topic of media like, 'How the media changes our opinions about ourselves' and 'Tackling Hate Crime Online'. There was a panel, among were people such as Jake Graf and Hannah Winterbourne, who had an interesting insight on the topic and gave great advice to those who asked. 
We all had a lovely day and made new friendships!

"It was a very informative, invigorating, and inspiring and great to see so many young, trans people coming together and being proud. I took away enthusiasm and learnt of all the resources we could use as teaching tools in our work. I'd love to come again with more young people getting interested and involved," - Helen  

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Preparing for Trans Day of Rememberance

We've been decorating jars at group for Trans Remembrance Day.
We will be holding a candle vigil in Bournemouth Triangle on Sunday 19th November to commemorate those who have lost their life