Outreach youth wants a world where all young people can reach their full potential.
Outreach youth is committed to enabling Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, Queer and Questioning (LGBT*Q+) young people and their peers, to realise their unique potential and to take a positive role in society, through their involvement and participation in social and informal education youth work opportunities.
Outreach youth was set up on certain principles which we should work towards as an organisation. We see youth work as a distinctive educational practice founded on a voluntary relationship with young people and shaped by their agendas. That is why the way we work and our principles is important to us.
- Young people choose whether and how to become involved with Outreach youth.
- Our work starts from the needs and wishes of young people and all funding bids will reflect this.
- We involve young people in taking action to improve their own lives and the lives of their communities.
- We promote equality and challenge oppressive structures in society, institutions, groups and individuals, including in our own organisation.
- We promote co-operative decision making in our own work, in our youth groups and in the communities where we work.
- We aim to encourage, nature and respect LGBT*Q+ young people’s individual and collective aspirations as well as their sense of responsibility.
- We commit to the UN Convention on the Rights of the child.
- We believe that each young person is unique
- We aim to encourage, nature and respect young people’s individual and collective aspirations as well as their sense of responsibility.
- We believe in the values of youth work – participation, education, equality and empowerment.
- We support the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
- We aim to demonstrate a strong, positive and constant commitment to young people, their families and communities.
- We strive to include all young people, tailoring our services to respond to individual and group needs.
- We actively challenge all forms of discrimination.
- We aim to ensure that our all services are supportive, safe and sustainable.
In 2006 a small group of young gay men, supported by youth workers, established Outreach youth, as the young men identified that there was no Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, Queer and Questioning (LGBT*Q+) specific support or Youth Group available to them in Suffolk.
Based in Ipswich, the project began to grow and be accessed by other LGBT*Q+ young people – the project became formally constituted and started to provide a fortnightly LGBT* youth group.
By 2009, Outreach youth had become recognised as the ‘go to’ organisation for young LGBT* people, parents, carers, schools and professionals for all matters regarding young LGBT* people in Suffolk. Other Outreach youth LGBT*Q+ Youth Groups developed in towns across Suffolk as need was identified.
In 2010, Outreach youth developed the offer of One to One support for those LGBT*Q+ young people who do not feel able or could not attend a youth group meeting due to personal circumstances or lack of accessible transport.
Between 2010 and 2014, Outreach youth became involved with various initiative across Suffolk, including with Suffolk County Council as part of their Stonewall Education Champion programme, the Suffolk LGBT Advisory Group, as a founder organisation of Suffolk Pride and as lead organisation for Suffolk LGBT History month.
Other developments included our work in North Essex, where partnerships were established with Essex County Council Youth Service, Outhouse East and Essex Pride.
In 2014, Outreach youth became a Charitable Incorporated Organisation registered with the Charity Commission.
In 2016, Outreach youth was 10 years old, and young people attended the Suffolk County Council Rainbow Conference – making a key note speech and facilitating a workshop on their lived life experiences in Suffolk
In 2017, Outreach youth established an innovative Trans* Families project – supporting parents of Trans* and Non-Binary children and also facilitated Suffolk’s first Trans* & Non-Binary Youth Summit supported by Suffolk County Council – Suffolk Public Health.
Outreach youth has Trustees who oversee the running and work of the charity.
Our constitution: Outreach Youth CIO Constitution
Each year Outreach youth prepares an Annual Report and Accounts:
Russell Smith – Treasurer
Heidi Dix – Safeguarding Trustee
Ronan Palmer (Young Trustee)
Andy Fell – LGBTQ+ youth Development worker / Coordinator
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Our thanks to:
Team 7 – NCS Suffolk (2016)
Ridgeons – Cambridgeshire Community Foundation
University Campus Suffolk – Community Fund
Emotional Health & Well-Being Fund – Suffolk Community Foundation
Small Grants – Suffolk Community Foundation
Suffolk ONE LGBTQ+ group
NCS Suffolk group (2107)
Suffolk County Council – Public Health Suffolk
4YP, Suffolk Young Peoples Health Project
Essex County Council – Youth Service
Kesgrave High School
Northgate High School
Suffolk New College
University Campus Suffolk
Easton and Otley College
King Edward VI School, B.S.E
Farlingaye High School
Suffolk LGBT Network