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X-Plore Youth Group is an established charity (registered Charity number: 1104199) based in Devon. We run two groups to support young people who are (or think they may be) LGBTQ, one in Exeter and one in Bideford.
Our Trustees are:
Julia Boas (chair)
Jo Hooper (secretary)
Stephen Guy (treasurer)
To provide a safe space for young lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people (including those who are unsure of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity) to meet other's of a similar age.
To empower young LGBTQ people to devlop healthy self-image and to enjoy positive social and personal development opportunities.
To support young LGBTQ people towards becoming confident, pro-social members of society who are able to challenge prejudice and discrimination in all areas of their lives.
Exeter LGB Youth Group was established in 2002 with funding and support from Comic Relief, Devon Youth Service, Exeter City Council, and Crimebeat. A management group was formed with representatives from service users, Devon Youth Service, Devon and Cornwall Constabulary and other involved parties. Part-time Lead and Assistant Youth Workers were appointed and the process of developing policies and procedures was begun.
During 2003 the name ‘X-Plore’ was chosen by service users, our logo and publicity materials were developed. The group began to meet regularly and has met on a weekly basis since.
In 2004 X-Plore became a registered charity to safeguard its independence, ensure accountability to service users and help promote a positive public image. X-Plore received further funding from Devon County Council, Exeter Community Safety Partnership and South West Foundation.
In 2014 we went through a refresh. We recruited new trustees and started a North Devon Group in Bideford. We now contract Devon Youth Service to provide prefessional youth workers to run the groups and to strengthen our links with other local youth activities and opportunities.