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Weʼre raising £5,000 to register SoulSpace as an official charity & continue to support those who have been affected by sexual & domestic abuse.

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So, no doubt you’ve now heard a bit about our involvement in this year’s Soapbox Challenge which is taking place on Monday August 27th.

If you’re still wondering what this is all about, we try to explain how all of this started, why York Hub (York-based shared office space) are raising money for SoulSpace and a bit about what we have achieved so far below…

A few months ago, Mark & Vinny from York Hub suggested that we enter a cart into this event. After much discussion and multiple pints of beer, Mark, Vinny and John very generously paid the £300 application fee and it was all systems go!

Once the theme of the cart was decided (Mr Men), Mark & Vinny then set to work! This is the idea they had in mind…

John, Vinny plus Sam, Jo & Mel (the artistic team!) have spent a huge amount of their own time and money to get the cart on the road. To give you an idea, the cost of our cart currently stands at around £500! All out of our own pockets.

The build of the cart is just about complete and it’s time to start getting it looking more like that Mr Men car! Metres of material, numerous trips to most of the DIY stores in York, a gigantic amount of paper mache and several somewhat heated discussions, we are now ready for the decorating!

Another couple of weeks and we will be ready 😊 More photos to follow.

Please bring your friends and family on Monday 27th to join us at this great event.

Massive thanks to York Hub, VR Property Developers & ITS Global for everything you have done!

About SoulSpace

Due to the overwhelming response, Mel & Jo are are now hoping to register SoulSpace as an official charity. In order to do that, they need to raise some funds! The Charities Act 2006 states that to become a registered charity, you need to have an income of £5000 which SoulSpace doesn't have. In fact, we don't have any income, we do not charge people to attend our group meetings & Mel & Jo pay anything that is needed out of their own pockets.

So, we have decided to crowdfund & see if we can raise the magical £5000 :) We will then be able to apply to the Charity Commission & register SoulSpace as an official charity!

How will the money help SoulSpace? We would like spread the message about our support group. To do that, we need to be present at organised local events such as fetes, street parties, and more. We need to print banners & brochures and due to the group's growth, we will soon need to hire out a bigger space for our monthly meetings. This all costs money. Once we are registered as a charity, we can start fundraising and be able to afford participation at these events.

Any donation will be gratefully received by SoulSpace. Thank you! xx

About Jo & Mel

Both of us are survivors of historical sexual abuse. After reporting our individual cases to the police in 2016, months of evidence gathering followed with the police then submitting both cases to the CPS later that year. After another long wait, the CPS decided to charge the accused perpetrators and dates were confirmed for September 2017 in York Crown Court.

There’s a big misconception that when the trial is over, normal life resumes. After being supported by IDAS throughout the whole process, we realised that there was something missing. Although there were lots of counselling opportunities, there was nowhere you could go and talk to others who had been through the same thing. And so SoulSpace was founded...

SoulSpace are also extremely proud to be part of the Soapbox Challenge on Monday 27th August in York. They will be joining the York Hub team who are taking part in the challenge and raising funds for our support group. A massive thanks to York Hub!!

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  • SoulSpace11 hrs ago


    11 hrs ago

    Our soapbox cart was at the scrutineering event last weekend. We have a few tweaks to make but it looked fab :) This weekend will be a busy one getting it looking more like the Mr Men car - we are all really excited! A BIG thank you again to all those who have already donated. x

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  • SoulSpace15 days ago


    15 days ago

    Our SoulSpace Soapbox Cart is starting to take shape!! A massive thanks to those who have donated so far! x

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Page last updated on: 8/17/2018 11:24 AM



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    Aug 17, 2018

    Good luck on the day everyone!


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SoulSpace was launched in February 2018 by Jo Matthews & Mel Fox who are both survivors of historical sexual abuse. Based in York, SoulSpace provides a safe space for men, women, boys & girls to come together & meet up with people who understand what you are going though.

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