Talbot Village Trust funds vital technology for LGBT+ charity Space Youth Project

3rd Aug 2021

Grant-giving charity Talbot Village Trust has donated £4,000 to Bournemouth-based LGBT+ charity Space Youth Project - funding IT for virtual support groups and sessions during the pandemic.

The funding from Talbot Village Trust allowed Space Youth Project to purchase laptops and other peripherals such as headsets, software licences and the necessary data to upskill team members less experienced with IT.  Space Youth Project’s support was previously offered in person, and the access to this equipment enabled the charity to deliver support over Zoom, Instagram and Facebook Messenger, as well as virtual weekly group sessions. 

Helen Walsh, Chief Executive Officer of Space Youth Project, said: “Talbot Village Trust is amazing for jumping in and enabling us to continue offering our services. We are still finding that young people are feeling very isolated, scared, and unsure about their lives. Being able to continue to offer our guidance just as effectively virtually helps them come to terms with what the future may hold.” 

Space Youth Project works closely with LGBT+ young people up to the age of 25 to offer support and facilitate freedom of expression, encourage positive self-esteem, and bring a sense of community. The grant from Talbot Village Trust has offered a lifeline for vulnerable and isolated young LGBT+ youth throughout Dorset, enabling them to benefit from the same quality of support as offered in person.

Nicholas Ashley-Cooper, 12th Earl of Shaftesbury and Chair of Talbot Village Trust, said: “Before the pandemic, so many of us took access to technology such as computers for granted in our everyday lives. Seeing how our donation has created such a lifeline to many LGBT+ youth in Dorset hits home how lucky we are to have access to these amenities. We’re so proud of all the hard work Space Youth Project has done, they’re truly a life-saving organisation.”

To apply for funding from the Talbot Village trust, visit www.talbotvillagetrust.org to submit an online application. 

The Trust meets biannually and is accepting applications for funding from both previous and new applicants in the area before the Trustees meet in Spring 2022.