- Providing support and guidance for men and women with an intersex or transgendered history in Merseyside.
- Positively promoting best practice around employing people from this community.
- Working with both voluntary and public sector organisations to identify the barriers to employment and service delivery faced by this community
- Combating transphobia, promoting greater acceptance and rights for all ‘trans’ people.
- Providing a safe place to explore and express personal gender identity, providing advice and support with transitioning.
The government has published it’s response to the Women and Equalities Committee report on transgender equality.
On 14th January of this year the Women and Equalities Committee published its report on transgender equality. The report contained 35 recommendations in relation to a wide range of areas including cross-government strategy, the Gender Recognition Act 2004, the Equality Act 2010, NHS services and on tackling everyday transphobia.
After finding the 2011 Advancing Transgender Equality action plan was still largely unimplemented, Nicky Morgan, Minister for Women and Equalities, declared that a new action plan for transgender equality will be developed, which will include, amongst other actions:
- A review of the Gender Recognition Act to tackle unnecessary bureaucracy and to assess the need for medical checks contained within the 2004 Act;
- Conducting a cross-government review on removing unnecessary requests for gender information, including in official documents;
- Improving the way people are supported by gender identity services through new training of NHS staff;
- Tackling harassment and bullying in higher education by working with universities;
- Assessing how to measure the size of the UK’s transgender population so that policy can be more evidence-based and the government can track the impact of its work;
- Measuring and monitoring public attitudes towards transgender people.
The full publication – which also includes the responses of Ofcom and the General Medical Council – can be found by clicking here.
Sahir House are recruiting for 2 new posts:
Outreach Support Worker: full time £19,817 – £21,067 pay award pending
A suitably experienced Outreach Support Worker is required to develop a range of programmes for service users at Sahir House.
Health Volunteer Project Worker: part time (14.8 hours/2 days) £19,817 – £21,067 pay award pending, £7,927 pro rota
A suitably experienced Health Volunteer Project Worker is required to develop volunteer support for service users at Sahir House.
We are absolutely thrilled to report that one of our Navajo volunteers, Maria Checkland, has won an award at this year’s Women of the Year Awards!
Maria won the Liverpool Citizens Unknown Gem Award which is awarded to those women who work tirelessly for others but never out of personal ambition.
NHS England will be holding a Transgender and Non-binary network workshop on 14th July at De Vere Holborn Bars, 138-142 Holborn, London, EC1N 2NQ: www.deverevenues.co.uk/en/venues/holborn-bars The nearest tube stop is Chancery Lane.
In advance of the event, they would very much appreciate all members of the network (attending on the 14th or not) to complete this feedback form: Network Questionnaire on their overall experience of being a member of the Network and email it to: firstname.lastname@example.org by 6th July.
For those that can’t attend, NHS England will be webcasting the event. You can access the webcast via this link: www.england.nhs.uk/livestreams and there will also be a Twitter feed from the meeting on the hashtag: #NHSGenderID
NHS England are keen to get as many people contributing to the meeting as possible – including the opportunity to put forward ideas and vote – so please do spread the news.
Incidentally, there is a blog post from Will Huxter, Chair of the NHS England Gender Identity Task and Finish Group, entitled Championing the Needs of the Transgender Community, here: www.england.nhs.uk/2016/06/will-huxter-12/ It makes for interesting reading.
NHS England invite you to a ‘Good practice in community services stakeholder event’ to help them understand the challenges and find solutions in community services. The event will be held on Tuesday 12th July at The Met Hotel, Leeds, 9:30am – 4:00pm.
The aim is to provide an opportunity for delegates to network and for NHS England to understand the support providers and commissioners need in providing community services. Community services are important in the delivery of healthcare and central to the Five Year Forward View. A number of great initiatives are in place in community services, but there is variation in provision of these services across the NHS.
St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust are holding a Rainbow Picnic in Victoria Park on Saturday 3rd September, 12:00 till 5:00 pm.
Members of the public are invited to bring their own picnic, enjoy live music from local bands, and join in on the fun run. There will also be free face painting for the children, and a market place to gather the latest information from local agencies about what’s happening in the area.
It is intended that the event will:
- Provide an opportunity for engagement with the local LGBT community in St Helens which will enable St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust to build relationships and help them to understand needs.
- Bring together members of the LGBT community within St Helens to celebrate diversity, and reduce social exclusion.
- Tackle stigma and challenge homophobic hate crime.
- Provide support for LGBT members experiencing difficulties in the community.
- Encourage people to access relevant services.
- Raise awareness of equality and diversity issues faced by LGBT people
- Launch a LGBT monthly e-newsletter.
Our co-chair, Tony Griffin, has launched a new group on Facebook called Trans + Friends Liverpool Merseyside & Cheshire Community Information.
It is a closed group seeking to inform and update what’s happening with all the different activities across the region.
If you wish to join the group, please click this link: https://m.facebook.com/groups/738817532952315 or search for it on Facebook.
Kathleen Charters of Sahir House has asked us to promote a survey being conducted on issues of wellbeing, employability and hate crime support. The results of which will help inform and develop the services Trans Health Merseyside delivers.
Apologies for the late notice but it is asked that you complete the survey before the end of this month (June 2016). The survey can be completed online by clicking this link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/BRPFXTV
If you’d rather download a Word document version of the survey to complete and return, you can do so by clicking here: Community Survey 2016 Word
Similarly, if you’d rather download a PDF version of the survey to complete and return, you can do so by clicking here: Community Survey 2016 PDF
Please return your completed surveys to:
151 Dale Street
LCH Trans Support Service (TSS) is a new service which has been set up to support local transsexual, transgender, and gender nonconforming people by listening to them, informing them of available options to relieve their gender distress and empowering them to move forward with their lives.
Clients will usually be referred to the service by their GP and can then expect up to 4 hour long sessions with an experienced Therapist/Counsellor.
The sessions will have 4 main goals:
- To help the client understand themselves better.
This will be done by the taking of a client history, to help the therapist and client both understand how the client has arrived at this point in their life and how their gender dysphoria (GD) has manifested itself and affected their life.
- Help make them aware of available options for resolving their gender dysphoria.
This will be done by educating the client, including an overview of the use of hormones and surgical procedures to resolve GD and the wider health implications.
- Help determine life goals and explore ways in which the client might be able to meet them.
This will be done by making the client aware of the social implications of gender transition. For example, the requirement to live in role prior to genital surgery, the impact upon partners, family and friends, the Gender Recognition Legislation and how to go about changing name.
- To help ensure that they are receiving all of the support that they need.
If a client is feeling depressed, are having problems with housing, employment, addiction or substance use or relationship or sexual problems, we can refer them directly to appropriate support agencies without them having to return to their GP. We can also support their GP with any onward referral to a gender identity clinic and associated funding application if appropriate. We can also signpost clients to other local Trans specific support agencies.
If you have any queries regarding any of the above information please do not hesitate to contact the LCH TSS service on 0151 284 2500 ext. 117
– Jayne xx