Welcome to the
Clare Project
Transgender support and social group, Brighton
...KEEPING YOU POSTED... 

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.

We have weekly drop-ins EVERY TUESDAY (see information on this page and on our Drop-in page)


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OUR next monthly Clare Project Meet&Eat event, where we join together for an evening meal out, will be on Tuesday, November 6 at a venue to be announced later in the month.

For our Meet&Eat events we visit good value, friendly places to eat and enjoy a drink and a chat, and we hope to see you there. You can find out more details on our Meet&Eat page by clicking here.




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THE Clare Project held its annual general meeting on Tuesday, September 4, 2018, at 6pm at Dorset Gardens Church, Dorset Gardens, Brighton.

There were reports from the chair, secretary, counsellor and facilitator, and registration forms were available for membership of the Clare Project. 
You can also apply to become a member at our regular Tuesday drop-in meetings. The Clare Project has been entered onto the Register of Charities with the registered charity number 1165746.




*CLARE PROJECT counsellor Virginia Cole has retired after eight years in the role. We had a farewell gathering at the Camelford Arms in Camelford Street, Brighton, on 
Tuesday, August 28 after the drop-in. Tributes were paid to Virginia for her support, understanding and commitment to helping so many people over the years. Clare Project secretary Kim Curran said: "We know that seeing her go will be a wrench both for her and for us – we have got so used to her calming presence, knowing that she was a vital part of the service that the Clare Project drop-in offers."



*THE sixth annual
Trans Pride, took place in July and the Clare Project had a stall at the main Trans Pride park event in Brunswick Square Gardens, Hove, on Saturday, July 21. 

Our tombola, with Clare bears as prizes, raised more than £130 for Clare Project funds. 

For more information on this year's  festival click on the Trans Pride website here at www.transpridebrighton.org/events/ or their Facebook site at www.facebook.com/TransPrideBrighton or the Twitter site at https://twitter.com/TPrideBrighton




*THE following is a public statement from The Clare Project in Brighton and Hove regarding the proposed A Women’s Place event on July 16, 2018.

"Whilst we support the right to freedom of speech, we wish to make clear that events such as these create the climate for misinformation, fear and division.

"Ultimately such events create the conditions for exclusion and hatred of trans people, especially trans women. We further feel that such events aim to 'debate' the existence of trans women, thereby dehumanising members of our community and their rights to peace and freedom.

"This is particularly important given the recent events at London Pride and Brighton and Hove’s forthcoming Trans Pride celebrations. This timing is not coincidental and our key community events and identity as an LGBTQI positive city are being undermined.

"The Government’s consultation on the Gender Recognition Act makes clear this is not a debate about the existence of trans people and that trans people are members of our society who should be afforded the same rights as others. To use this positive and overdue development as a platform for generating hatred is therefore even more upsetting.

"We therefore call upon our LGBTQI allies and organisations, alongside women’s organisations in Brighton and Hove, to reject the exclusionary views that this event will promote."

 


*THE Trans Housing Guide is now online at Brighton and Hove City Council's website. Click on this link www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/trans-housing-guide to find out more.                                                                              

There are also links to the guide from other Brighton and Hove City Council website pages: Finding a home and LGBT housing advice services.






*ON July 3, 2018, the Government unveiled plans to make it easier for transgender people to change their legal 
gender on birth certificates.

This proposed reform of the Gender Recognition Act involves a 16-week consultation, and includes a promise that it will not water down Equality Act protections for trans people. You can find out more by clicking here.




*TRANS CAN SPORT is a project in Brighton and Hove dedicated to transforming the wellbeing of trans people through exercise and healthy living, including running, yoga, circuits, pilates and lifting. All sessions are free or low cost. You can check out their website by clicking here.



*ENJOY weekly 
trans swimming sessions at St Luke's Pool, St Luke's Terrace, Brighton BN2 9ZE on Wednesdays from 8.30-9.20pm. Standard swimming fees apply. 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. 

Click 
here to see their website for dates, here to find their Facebook site for latest information, and here to find out how to get there.




*THE Clare Project ran the 
Saturday morning cafe at the Chapel Royal in North Street, Brighton, during April. 
Clare Project volunteers (right) took part to help raise funds for us. 

Different charities take over each month and the cafe is well worth supporting if 
you're out and about on any Saturday between 10am and 1pm.
They serve excellent value coffee and tea, home made cakes and sandwiches. The Chapel Royal is by the bus stops towards the bottom of North Street, as you travel down from the Clock Tower, and the cafe is relaxed, comfortable and 
informal.




*THE annual community service to mark the
 International Transgender Day of 
Remembrance took place at Dorset Gardens Church, Dorset Gardens,Brighton on Sunday, November 19, 2017.

The service commemorated trans* people who have died or suffered violence because of hatred towards them over their gender identity or gender expression. 

Clare Project trustee Kate Nambiar hosted the event, the minister was Heather Leake-Date and the Rainbow Choir provided musical support. There was catering from Lunch Positive, and Switchboard gave crisis support. EJ Scott organised workshops at Brighton Museum that morning and there was a march with banners to the ceremony.




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BREAST CERVICAL BOWEL is a useful booklet on cancer awareness, giving important screening information to transgender people. It's produced by Brighton and Hove NHA Clinical Commissioning Group and you can find out about it in detail by clicking here.






*WE have added new  external links to our National links page to put you in touch with a wider range of trans and non-binary organisations and websites. These include Gendered Intelligence and Beyond the Binary. For more information please click here.





*THE Clare Project has started an innovative
new series of workshops in collaboration with Mind Out, and with the support of Brighton Council, concentrating on well-being and good mental health.

We have now intoduced a Creativity Table at our drop-in on the first Tuesday of each month, from 5-7pm

This is a quiet place to enjoy anti-stress doodling and colouring using pens and crayons, particularly for those who find it a bit easier to socialise with a structured activity. Do give it a try.   



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



*TRANS Living in Brighton and Hove
 has presented its 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.




*TO mark the 15th anniversary of the Clare Project in 2015 we produced a Clare Project timeline to show how we have progressed since 2000. You can see an updated version to 2018 below (click on the chart to bring up a larger version). We also have a short history of the Clare Project, which includes the original timeline chart and reminiscences about the early days, in our history section. To see this, just
 click here.




*A SERIES of useful factsheets on trans-related topics have been published. Click on any of the following subjects to find out more about trans children, teens and their parents, mental health and well being, sexual health and meeting the challenges of ageing
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.



*WE 
have information a
bout 
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. 




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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...





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BRIGHTON Trans*formed is a remarkable book featuring the lives and thoughts of a wide range of trans people in Brighton. 

Developed over more than 18 months, the project involved in-depth interviews and tells the fascinating stories of trans people, many of them 
members or former members of the Clare Project, in their own words.

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 commitment to make the Clare Project a respected organisation aimed at improving the lives of transgender people in Brighton and beyond.


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 transgender support and social 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. We can also offer some changing facilities.

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)
Brighton
BN2 1RL

Our Facebook site:

Email address
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Postal address:
The Clare Project
Dorset Gardens Methodist Church 
Dorset Gardens
Brighton
BN2 1RL