- 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.
In-Trust have been informed that a large consultation event will be happening at SING Plus at the same time as our February meeting.
So as not to prolong our Christmas break any longer than necessary or unintentionally out members, it has been decided that our meeting will take place as previously planned but change rooms to the nursery, which is a self-contained area with it’s own entrance, kitchen and toilet facilities.
Both In-Trust and SING Plus apologise for any inconvenience this causes.
In-Trust have been sent the following information in regards to an event happening in Liverpool…
On Saturday, January 21, 2017, millions will gather in Washington, D.C. and in hundreds of cities around the world. Here in Liverpool, we will stand together in solidarity with those women, and with partners, families and friends of all genders, to remind the US administration, our local leaders, and the world that the majority of us stand for and will defend human rights.
Last week the BBC broadcast a documentary called ‘Transgender Kids: Who Knows Best?’.
As I don’t own a TV licence, I am unable to watch the documentary and so cannot put forward an opinion on its accuracy. However, a simple Google search provides a varied selection of reflections on the program.
We would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and let you know that, as usual, there will be no meeting in January. Instead, our next meeting will be on Saturday 4th February at the usual time and place.
We also understand that a number of LGBTQI+ people may be alone at Christmas. So we would like to bring the following to the attention of anyone feeling lonely over the festive period (click on image for full size):
and there is also the LGBT+ Switchboard: 0300 330 0630 (10am-10pm every day) who will be happy to talk to you confidentially about anything you want to talk about.
Shelter Merseyside have informed us that they have a dedicated Information Resource Officer who can provide guided self-help to any housing/welfare/benefit/debt issue at their Information Resource Centre and, if necessary, referrals can be made to their specialist housing, debt and welfare benefit advisors.
Clients can also access their telephones and PCs free of charge for a variety of matters, including:
- Registering for and bidding on Property Pool Plus
- Apply for state benefits including Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit, JSA, ESA, DLA, PIP, Child Benefits, and Child Tax Credits
- Applications for discretionary housing payments
- Applications for utility trust funds
No appointments necessary – the Information Resource Centre is open Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4.30pm.
For more information contact Shelter Merseyside on 0344 515 1900 or at 3rd Floor Colonial Chambers, 3 – 11 Temple Street, Liverpool, L2 5RH.
Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service attends a range of events throughout the year to engage with members of the community (i.e. church and school fairs, school assemblies, charity events and community fun days) to raise awareness about home fire safety and to provide healthy living advice.
Volunteers would be helping with a wide range of activities including:
- Assisting with Safe and Well visits and community reassurance campaigns
- Delivery of safety presentations in primary and secondary schools including seasonal presentations (i.e. firework safety, grass fire prevention in summer months)
- Participating in leaflet drops and providing safety information
- Signposting members of the community to partner agencies
Trans Health Merseyside has announced its upcoming events.
They include mindfulness and wellbeing, support for victims of hate crime, and support from peer mentors.
All sessions will be held at Sahir House.
For more information, please download the flyer by clicking here.
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.