Welcome to the 
Clare Project
THIS website not only highlights our own activities but gives quick and easy links to other trans groups and organisations. 
Check out our different sections on the left of this page.

*THE Clare Project has started an innovative 
new series of courses and workshops in collaboration with Mind Out, and with the support of Brighton Council, concentrating on well-being and good mental health.
A new five-week course started on
Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at Dorset Methodist Church, Dorset Street Gardens, Brighton (off St James's Street) with about a dozen people there for the first session. You can still join the group because each session (starting at 5.30pm) starts afresh on a different topic. Just turn up at our drop-in right up to 5.30pm on the day. 

The course promotes well-being and mental health for trans women and transfeminine people and its goal is to find ways to maximise psychological wellbeing, quality of life, self-fulfilment, and long-term comfort in your gender identity expression, leading to a positive impact on 
relationships, work and education.

*THERE were 24 people at our
 monthly Meet&Eat on Tuesday, November 3 at The Camelford Arms, Camelford Street, Brighton, where they enjoyed a meal together. 
Our next event is on Tuesday, December 1 – for more details click here
We have a new bursary scheme for our monthly meals out together, with a grant from Sussex Community Foundation to help finance
 and encourage more Clare Project mem
bers, particularly those on tight budgets, to come along to Meet&Eat events. 

*THERE was an impressive turnout for the 2015
annual community memorial service 
to mark the International Transgender Day of Remembrance at Dorset Gardens Methodist Church, Brighton, on Sunday, November 22 from 2-4pm
The service commemorated trans* people who have died or suffered violence because of hatred towards them over their gender identity or gender expression. 
There were contributions from members of local trans* support groups as well as individual statements. Several speakers spoke passionately about the need to report hate crimes and to support members of the trans community in times of trouble. 
The Rainbow Chorus sang songs as the names of more than 250 trans* people killed this year worldwide were posted on the church sanctuary wall. You can find out more by clicking on our news page here.

TRANS Living in Brighton and Hove presents key findings from the Brighton and Hove Trans Needs Assessment survey of 2015. Among its main points are that an estimated 2,760 trans adults live in the city and many more come in to study, work or socialise. Brighton is trans friendly but there is still discrimination, abuse and social isolation. The trans community spans all age and ethnic groups and has more people with long-term health problems or who are disabled than the 
general population. 
For more details you can read the pamphlet by clicking here.

*AROUND 50 people celebrated the 15th anniversary of the Clare Project with a party upstairs at The Marlborough, Brighton, on Tuesday, October 6.

Members and friends of the Clare Project plus invited guests enjoyed a buffet and heard speeches from Clare Project facilitator Rosemary Allix and former chair Steph Scott. Alice Denny performed two of her poems and Clare Project secretary Kim Curran compered the evening in place of chair Sam Hall who was ill.

Stella Michaels took photographs for a special exhibition and Wendy Byrne made a celebratory fruit cake to mark the occasion. Thanks also to Julia Trangmar and Natasha Kay for their major contributions in organising the evening.

The Clare Project started in New Church Road, Hove, in 2000 and moved to its current base in Dorset Gardens in Brighton in 2005. This year has seen considerable expansion of its services, and the weekly drop-in remains at the centre of its activities. 

*TO mark the 15th anniversary we have produced a Clare Project timeline to show how we have progressed since 2000. Here it is (you can click on the chart to bring up a larger version):

*TRANS Pride this year celebrated its third anniversary, attracting more than 3,000 people to 
the main event on Saturday, July 25th. The weekend began on Friday 24th with a film evening at the Duke of York's cinema.

On Saturday, after the march in solidarity from Princes Street at noon, the Trans Pride park event at Dorset Gardens Peace Park had stalls, speakers and live entertainment, followed by the Traumfrau evening dance party at Envy. On Sunday the planned picnic on the beach transferred to the Marlborough pub because of rain. For more details. check out Trans Pride's website here and our news section here.

*A SERIES of useful factsheets on trans-related topics have just been published. Subjects include 
trans children, teens and their parents, as well as accessing adult gender services, mental health and well being, sexual health and meeting the challenges of ageing. Click on any of the above topics to find out more. 
Produced by the National LGB&T Partnership, CliniQ, Mermaids and TransForum Manchester, with support from Public Health England, the factsheets give straightforward, dependable information and guidance for trans people and their families. For a complete list of topics and links to them, click here.

have new information a
knowing your rights as a trans*
person (just press the link here) and you can find expanded information about FTM support groups by clicking here). 

*DON'T forget to check out our two new
Billboard sections where we pass on recent information sent to us from other organisations. You can find Billboard notices of local interest here, and wider interest here.

WE have advice about what to do if you, or a friend, is a victim of a transphobic hate crime – and some useful tips how to stay safe if you're out on the town late at night. Click here to investigate...

*BRIGHTON Trans*formed is a remarkable book featuring the lives and thoughts of a wide range of trans people. 
Developed over more than 18 months, the project involved in-depth interviews and tells the fascinating stories of trans people, many of them members of the Clare Project, in their own words. 
This is an authoritative, collaborative, ground-breaking work, sensitively edited and brilliantly designed. 
Find out more and order your copy from QueenSpark Books by going to their website here.

THE Clare Project's chair is Dr Sam Hall. Taking up the position in June 2014, Sam said: "I am proud to have been chosen to represent the Clare Project. It has a vital role to play, not only providing a place where the trans community can come together but also as a voice representing that community in the wider world."
Sam took over from Steph Scott who was chair for eight years. The Clare Project committee acknowledged Steph's tireless work to make the Clare Project a respected organisation committed to improving the lives of transgender people in Brighton and beyond.

*YOU can enjoy fortnightly trans swimming sessions at St Luke's Pool, St Luke's Terrace, Brighton BN2 9ZE on alternate Wednesdays. The remaining dates in 2015 are Nov 25 and Dec 11, from 8.20-9.20pm. Cost per session is £4.55 (£2.70 with a Leisure Card – see www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/leisure-card). Their phone number is 
01273 602385).
There is no pressure on first-timers to swim. You can check out the facilities, ask questions and take a dip if you'd like to. Both private and communal changing facilities are available and there are trans-friendly lifeguards. Here's how to get there.

DO you, or someone you know, have severe housing problems and are sleeping rough? See
our News section
 to find out how to get help from Brighton council.

THE CLARE PROJECT is a self supporting group based in Brighton and Hove open to anyone wishing to explore issues around gender identity.

Our main activity is our weekly DROP-IN every Tuesday, which aims to provide a safe and confidential place for people to meet with others who share their life experiences, and find information, support and companionship. A facilitator and a psychotherapist are at the drop-in each Tuesday.

Whilst the group is mainly attended by transgender, transsexual and gender dysphoric people, we aim to be all-inclusive as we recognise the complexities surrounding the issue of gender identity. We have no religious affiliation.

It's best if you can contact us directly at the Tuesday afternoon drop-in. Here's the address:
Dorset Gardens Methodist Church
Dorset Gardens
(off St James's Street)

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Email address

Postal address:
The Clare Project
Dorset Gardens Methodist Church 
Dorset Gardens