Safe Space

Southport; love it or hate it, this is your town & it's ours too. We're out to make a difference amongst your generation across Southport. In little pockets, from high schools to youth clubs, the 'Safe Space' project seeks to be a no-pressure place of safety where you can be listened to, inspired and motived with others, as we explore together the big issues of life and faith. If we're in your school, any student is welcome at our lunchtime drop-in style clubs. If we're in your community, anyone 11-18 is welcome. See below for details of where you can find a Safe Space, and use this site as a place to hang out and discover more.
Go to Games

Games

Did I hear you call UNO? Need to practice your Jenga skills? Challenges, prizes, we’ve got it all amongst our weekly selection of games to play across the tables in our chilled out space.

Go to Local youth workers

Local youth workers

Come and spend some time with experienced local youth workers employed or volunteering for our charity, running assemblies, clubs, workshops and more across Southport.

Go to Safe Space Radio

Safe Space Radio

We have tunes on the go non-stop. If you want to request a song to sweeten up the playlist a little, head to radio.safesp.uk to make a suggestion.

Go to Three Minute Thought

Three Minute Thought

Get yourself inspired each week with three minutes of bitesized thought to encourage, challenge, entertain, and motivate you. We specialise in exploring the big issues of life and faith from a Christian perspective accessible to absolutely anyone. Regardless of any faith background, or none at all, you should something useful & relevant here!

Lunchtime Drop-in Activities

Birkdale High School – Wednesday Lunchtimes in G15
Meols Cop High School – Thursday lunchtimes in RE1
Greenbank High School – Wednesday lunchtimes in WOW Room

Help I’m Year 7!

If you’re in Year 7, or are due to start in Year 7 soon, don’t stress – we’ve got a safe space for you too! Hit the “Panic Button” to find loads of great helpful advice, encouragement and some ideas to chill too (including flash games!)

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Creating safe spaces for exploring the big issues of life and faith.

WE’RE HERE TO HELP, FOR FREE, BY CREATING A SAFE SPACE TO SHARE THE ISSUES OF LIFE AND FAITH WITH STUDENTS IN YOUR SCHOOL.

Learning from twenty years of experience serving schools in the local area, Southport and Area Schools Worker Trust are shaping their current drive to best meet the needs of the younger generation of Southport and local educational establishments. We call it “Safe Space”.

We describe a “Safe Space” as a time or place set aside to journey with young people through issues of life & faith, whether they be spiritual, moral, social or cultural, in an environment that is very fun, non-threatening, and non- judgmental, giving young people safe time out to be loved & helped. Our most proven way of achieving this is in secondary schools and FE colleges is through lunchtime clubs, run by trained and safeguarded SASW Trust staff and volunteers, all at no cost to the school or FE college.

  • This project comes at no cost to local schools and is entirely a provision of the generosity of local churches and larger grants awarded to Southport & Area Schools Worker Trust for their work across Southport and beyond, with many different projects serving local schools.

  • Our team (two staff and multiple volunteers) have provided various activities across the vast majority of Southport primary and secondary schools over the last 20 years. Amongst the many benefits to this, the main strength here is how we can be known as familiar faces to support local young people right through their school journey.

  • As a project of Southport & Area Schools Worker Trust, we are open about our identity as a faith-based charity. Our work exists out of the generosity and inspiration of local Southport Christians and their churches. However, any faith element to our content delivered in schools is entirely done so in accordance with curricular objectives. We take a professional approach to ensure our provision to schools works to reverse any trend in opinion over faith-based educational input carrying any inappropriate, radicalised agendas.

OUR TEAM

Meet some of the staff and volunteers who make Safe Spaces happen across Southport.

Tabz (David Taberner)

Safe Space Project co-ordinator
(on staff at SASW Trust)
Hey, I’m Tabz! (Well, technically David Taberner is my name… sorry Mum!) I love music, community, tech, comedy, faith and seeing others make a difference in their lives & the lives of others, which is why I dreamt up Safe Space! I also have pretty unusual hair…

Hettie Taberner

Safe Space team member & Good Sport Project co-ordinator
(on staff at SASW Trust)
Hey, I’m Hettie. I love playing football, seeing friends and watching Netflix (a little too much sometimes!). My main role is to explore the issues of life and faith using sport, though I will be around in some Safe Space sessions to win a slightly over excited game of dobble… I dare you to challenge me!

Craig Walker

Lunchtime Safe Space team member & Youth Worker at Lakeside Church
Hey, I’m Craig! I moved to Southport a few years ago from Birmingham (sorry about the accent). I love cricket, FIFA, some other stuff, and my job working with children and young people, seeing them grow into world changers. I’m very competitive, so don’t ever play uno with me…

Head over to our Christian faith-based charity website to learn about the rest of the work we do locally. Perhaps you'd like to support or play your part in volunteering?

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