Barnardo’s appeal for project help

Barnardos project worker Caroline Waitt.
Barnardos project worker Caroline Waitt.

An appeal has been launched to help uncover the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.

Barnardo’s The BASE in Whitley Bay is looking for LGBT people aged to help with a new project.

It has recently been awarded £50,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a LGBT group of 14 to 25-year-olds to lead the project.

The group is asking for anyone from North Tyneside who identifies as LGBT – or has a relative that does – to get in touch and help the project.

Barnardo’s project worker Caroline Waitt said: “For the young people involved, the project is personal.

“By understanding the journey of the people who came before them, we hope to develop a stronger sense of belonging, identity and pride.

“And by sharing our findings we hope to raise awareness of the history and positive impact LGBT history has had on young people in North Tyneside.”

The group wants to work with young people on the project as participants, or train older young people as peer mentors.

It is also looking to interview older LGBT people in confidence who would be willing to share their story.

Barnardo’s The BASE in Whitley Bay has recently expanded to help more children, young people and families across North Tyneside and Northumberland.

The service provides individual support and group engagement programmes in-centre and outreach in the community for young people aged 11 to 25.

Young people can access individual keywork support through the Drop In Monday to Friday between 1pm and 5pm, if they have a crisis or if they need practical support to address basic needs.

The service also provides bespoke after-school/evening group sessions from 4pm to 8pm Monday to Friday including the So What?!@the BASE group.

Creating access to a safe and inspirational youth environment, programmes are developed with children and young people to build confidence and self-esteem, develop positive relationships and resilience, address risk taking behaviours and coping strategies, provide support around transitions and access to activities that develop skills for life and future careers.

Last year The BASE supported around 300 children, young people and families and works collaboratively with a wide range of partners including Schools and Training Providers, Children Services and Health Services/professionals, other voluntary sector youth agencies and parents/carers.