Friday, 6 April 2018

Trans Training Blog

Second Year Counsellor Trans Training Blog

By Elena

Being present for Space’s transgender training presentation was amazing and it felt great to have a positive impact on other’s lives through the counsellors we spoke in front of. Sarah and Eli were the main speakers for this talk as I did the slides and watched, joining for the Q&A at the end. We (Eli and I) were able to talk about our own experiences openly so that they could be used to prevent others being treated the way we were, without fear of anyone interrupting or disagreeing. All the counsellors we spoke to were incredibly respectful and asked important questions, showing that they cared about our cause.

Everyone also left a feedback form at the end of the presentation, and it was amazing and encouraging to hear all the positive feedback we received, which included, “A lot of food for thought and hugely helpful to gain insight in to the area of the population which can be overlooked or dismissed. Thank you so much,” and, “I empathised with Eli’s difficulties and struggles, especially childhood and I would like to thank Sarah, Eli and Ellie for sharing their personal stories and for showing me courage!”

Being a witness to this presentation has encouraged me to write up my own story, so that I may help others in future training sessions and deliver an impactful message the same way Eli and Sarah did.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Chilly Tuesday!

We had a lovely Bournemouth group last night celebrating a young person's birthday and played group games. We also put on AIR radio, an all inclusive radio that one of our volunteers presents on. We sat around listening as she gave Space a shout out!

We hope everyone's wrapping up warm! And remember if you see a rough sleeper around in this area use the Street Link service, 0300 500 0914, to notify the council about a rough sleeper anywhere in the country. If you're in Bournemouth you can notify the council Rough Sleeper Team by email on b& or by calling 01202 315962. This is a 24 hour answer phone.

Monday, 26 February 2018

The Camera's Rolling!

Yesterday, on the 25th February, 7 of our young people got together at Number 18 in Poole to help us make a film. We wanted to create a film talking about homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying that will be a valuable resource for our schools anti-HBT project. A project, funded by the Department for Education and the Equalities Office, to tackle the very same bullying we came together to talk about on film.

"I'm surprised how positive this experience has been considering how bad it was at the time. Being around people reminds me of all the support I have." - Ronnie

Talking about these kinds of experiences is never easy, but it was inspiring to see how everyone was so forthcoming about their stories. It was a valuable bonding experience for everyone involved and emotions were running high. George, the director, was definitely finding it emotional during the individual interviews as it was his first time hearing about the reality of LGBT+ people's bullying experiences.

"It's been quite tough. It's nothing I've been around, experienced, or heard about before. It's sad to hear what you guys have been through. Your stories are very powerful." - George

For our young people, being a part of something that can bring about change and prevent what happened to them from happening again is priceless.

"It was a horrible experience but being able to apply it to something like this almost makes me glad to have been through it. Knowing that all our experiences could be the catalyst for a better school environment for LGBT+ people makes me see the experience a different way." - Eli

We admire our young people here at Space so much for being so brave enough to be apart of this project. A massive thank you to them, to George, and to Number 18 for hosting this project. 

"I've been blown away by young peoples ability to share their stories and them doing so will make a change." - Sarah

We are the generation of change. 

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