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THE CLARE PROJECT transgender support and social group, Brighton

Launch of new monthly evening trans and non-binary drop-in for 2019

*THE Clare Project and Switchboard invite you to the launch and awareness event of our new trans and non-binary drop-in service, called TNB

The launch takes place on Thursday, January 17, from 6-8pm, at Phoenix Gallery, 10-14 Waterloo Place, Brighton, BN2 9NB (near to St Peter’s Church)

We welcome all members of the community, service users and providers to join in and find out more about the new TNB group and plans for the future. Alongside talks and information, there will be food and soft drinks provided by Cafe Domenica. 

To attend the launch, please RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/tnb-drop-in-launch-tickets-53290487282

As part of The Clare Project, the new regular monthly evening trans and non-binary drop-in, which starts in February at Cafe Domenica, Preston Road, Brighton, will be open to anyone who identifies with the TNB community and/or is questioning and exploring their gender identity. The group provides a safe space where people can socialise, find out more about local or national organisations and services, and engage with topics which may affect them.

Themes for each session may include subjects such as housing, sexual health, health and wellbeing, relationships, sports and activities, trans care pathways, and social support. TNB is a great opportunity to meet others from the community and engage with workshops and events. Participation in any aspect is entirely voluntary.

Trans Survivors project: A message from LGBT Switchboard

(November 1, 2018)

At Switchboard we’re extending our Trans Survivors project to include a monthly drop-in for transgender and/or non-binary people who have experienced violence, crime and/or abuse, including sexual violence

Right now, we’re recruiting for trans and/or non-binary volunteers who might be interested in helping to facilitate the group. It will be based in Central Brighton and facilitated by trans and non-binary volunteers. Facilitators will help with the running of the group, to support group participants and to ensure the space is safe and inclusive. Could this be you? 

As a Switchboard volunteer, you’ll receive bespoke training on active listening, group facilitation and working alongside survivors, and you’ll be a vital part of shaping this new and necessary service. Trans women, transfeminine people, trans people of colour, trans disabled people and LGBQ trans people are especially welcome to apply. 

Applications are open until November 12, and interviews will be held on the 14th and 15th, depending on the availability of applicants. Training consists of two dates between November 17 and 25, to be confirmed with successful applicants. For more information, you can view the role description here.

To apply, click here now! It’s a quick online application.

Switchboard, Community Base, 112 Queens Road, Brighton BN1 3XG

The Clare Project: A public statement

*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 othersTo 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."

Guard against cancer

Screening services in Brighton and Hove

Breast Cervical Bowel is a useful booklet on cancer awareness, giving screening information for transgender people. It's produced by Brighton and Hove NHS Clinical Commissioning Group. For full details please go to the bottom of this page  (below the FTMB listing) and click on the line that reads: ĊTransgender cancer screening booklet.pdf   to read the whole document.

Benefit changes

Information for people in Brighton and Hove

There have been major changes affecting benefit changes. For details of three benefit changes that will affect people in Brighton and Hove please go to the bottom of this page (below the FTMB listing) and click on at the line that reads:
ĊWelfare Reform newsletter Sept 2016 final.pdf    to read the whole document.
On the right is a taster of the first page.

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ride Brighton 2016
A great weekend in July

The fourth Trans Pride took place in Brighton on the weekend of July 22 to 24, 2016For reports on the event check out the Trans Pride Facebook site www.facebook.com/TransPrideBrighton

You can look at pictures of Trans Pride by clicking here and a BBC news report hereTrans Pride moved to a new site for the main event on Saturday this year – Brunswick Square Gardens in Hove. The opening night, on Friday, July 22, showcased a selection of short films from around the world at the Duke of Yorks' Picturehouse, reflecting the variety of trans lives and experiences.

Mind Out setting up new groups

Assertiveness, non-binary, over 50s, work and mental health

Assertiveness for LGBTQ women

A workshop for LGBTQ women to share ideas and discuss ways to increase assertiveness in our daily lives.

Saturday, August 13, 11am-3pm

Non-binary group

A mental health peer support group for anyone who identifies outside the gender binary.


Over 50 group

A friendly, supportive group for 50+ lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer people to share experiences and learn from each other.


Work It Out

A supportive group for LGBTQ people who are juggling work and their mental health.



For more information about joining, please email info@mindoutorg.uk or call 01234 234 839

·    MindOut groups are facilitated groups run by and for lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer people. 

·    The groups are confidential, non-judgmental and free.

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Chair reports on new 

r annual general meeting on Tuesday, March 22, 2016
at Dorset Gardens Methodist Church reelected officers, approved our new constitution, approved members of the Clare Project drop-in committee, and accepted officers' reports. 

Clare Project chair Dr Sam Hall 
said it had been an exciting year, working to secure the future of the Clare Project by registering it with the Charity Commission. 

Our application to become a Charitable Incorporated Organisation was accepted on February 25, 2016, giving us a legally binding structure and framework which allows growth and expansion under the oversight of a Board of Trustees. Sam thanked Clare Project secretary Kim for all her work on this. 

The objects of the charity are the framework within which we can develop in the future:


The constitution gives powers to develop finances, income and property, as well as spend money in ways that the board of trustees sees fit, as long as the purpose is to further the objects of the charity. This provides an extra layer of accountability. Importantly, if the CIO is wound up, its members are not financially liable. Under the new constitution it will be possible to become a member of the CIO, with voting rights, and the right to call general meetings. The board of trustees must be a minimum of three people and a maximum of 12. Sam, Kim and Rev Robin Selmes from Dorset Gardens are the first registered trustees, since three named individuals were a precondition of registration with the Charities Commission. At the first trustees' meeting resolutions will be passed regarding the appointments of further trustees. There are strict rules and guidance for those who take on this important role. 

Sam said this is a great opportunity to advance the profile of the CP by drawing on trustees with skills, interest, knowledge and enthusiasm to take the organisation forward. He anticipated a board who will have the CP and wider trans community at heart, giving us opportunities to build solid relationships with the wider LGBT community and beyond. 

The trustees can set up a committee or committees to report back to them on the running of the organisation, and look at appointing a patron. Charitable status gives a wider remit, conferring credibility and authority in terms of fund-raising. and allows the CP to increase its income through gift-aid where applicable. 

The new constitution will not change the nature or importance of the drop-in which thrives under the guidance of our facilitator. Rosemary. Rosemary has also taken on additional responsibilities in terms of preparing the accounts and managing Clare Project finances, which have increased significantly since the partnership with Brighton and Hove Council began, and has overseen arrangements for the successful wellbeing courses. The wellbeing groups are a part of a three year contract with B&HCC, and have so far included running a non-binary group, a group for transwomen, and a transmasculine group. There have also been singing/voice coaching sessions, a group for trans people with ASD/ aspergers; and a mindfulness course is in preparation.

Sam thanked members of the Clare Project committee who have made sure that decisions are democratic and in the best interests of the CP. The committee members this year have been Robin, Virginia, Rosemary, Beth, Kim, Natasha, Julia, Steph, Martine, Lucy and Sam. Sam gave special thanks to Natasha for making the Meet&Eat monthly evening out as accessible as possible, which included securing a grant to enable those with lower or no income to attend the monthly meal. 

Virginia continued to provide ongoing counselling and crisis support, including at Trans Pride. Steph played a big part in terms of liaison with Trans Pride.

Sam thanked Robin, Beth, and the Dorset Gardens Methodist Church team for their continued support and commitment to the CP. Other members of the committee contributed to and organised external activities; with the council via the Trans Needs Assessment and the ongoing action group, city wide inclusion partnership, the LGBT small groups network and the Trans Day of Remembrance. 

Rosemary presented the treasurer's report, showing total income for the year up to the end of March 2015 was £2,782. Our total payments during the year were £5,975. This sounds a little alarming, but that is because we had already received a funding donation of £4,640 in the previous financial year. This was from Sussex Community Foundation to support our therapy and voice therapy projects and we had only just begun to spend it at the start of the financial year reported here. This funding was for a two-year project which is now completed.

Donations at the drop-in came to £874, a drop of almost a third on the previous year, which works out at an average of less than £17 per week. The treasurer said we we do need these funds to pay for tea, coffee, milk and biscuits.

Clare Project volunteers ran the Chapel Royal Saturday coffee shop on two occasions last year bringing in just over £200.

During the year we were able to continue to offer bursary support to people who have benefited from sessions with Virginia but would not otherwise have been able to afford the £10 contribution. Virginia added a fourth therapy session to her Tuesday programme. This session is not supported by Dorset Gardens Church, who fund £10 per session for the other three weekly sessions, so we need a fund to support this much needed and well used extra session. We also continued our voice therapy sessions.

We were left at the end of the financial year in March 2015 with a bank balance of over £4,000.

Since then we have received further funding through B&H Council. This is received in the form of £1,250 every three months and supports our programme of mental health support courses. This continues for three years. We have also received £3,000 from Trans Alliance to support general running costs and £750 to support our Meet and Eat bursary. Recently we also received a donation of nearly £800 raised through two David Bowie tribute nights. Thanks to Simon Price and Sticky Mike’s bar and to Julia for collecting money. 

So despite a fairly expensive year which included our 15th anniversary anniversary party and setting up various workshops and courses, along with our regular expenses, the bank balance to date is around £7,500 in credit.

Protection against hate crime

How you can look after yourself – and call for help

You can find detailed information about protecting yourself from transphobic abuse, threatening behaviour and even physical attack if you check out the following websites: Zhoosh Brighton LGBTQ Community Network and www.safeinthecity.info. For useful safety advice when you're out on the town, just click on this web page: LGBT safety tips.
Sussex Police work closely with lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities to promote equality and encourage reporting of homophobic, biphobic and transphobic related hate crime. Brighton and Hove have a dedicated LGBT liaison team and you can contact them in various ways. 
If you, or someone you know, is in danger you should always call 999
In a non-emergency, call 101 or:
  • Email LGBT@sussex.pnn.police.uk
  • Call LGBT Switchboard on 01273 204050 (5pm -11pm) to speak to a volunteer in confidence
  • Go to Brighton Police Station, John Street, BN2 0LA

Finding safe spaces

Do you know someone who sleeps rough

Many people come to Brighton without a place to live, or find the cost of renting is too high. This is especially hard for trans people, and if you're in trouble or know someone who is, here's how to get help. Contact Streetlink online at www.streetlink.org.uk or call 0300 500 0914. Office hours are Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, except for public holidays. Contact the out of office hours team on 01273 680065.
Other numbers:


Trans Equality Scrutiny Panel – Clare Project statement

The Clare Project issued the following statement on 9th May 2013:

"Brighton based transgender support group The Clare Project welcomes the implementation of the findings of the Brighton and Hove City Council Trans Equality Scrutiny Panel. This positive move will further enhance Brighton’s reputation for tolerance and fair treatment for everyone. By embracing the many diverse groups here in Brighton, the life and culture of our city is enriched."

Female to male group in Brighton

FTMB meets monthly

FTM Brighton is a social and support group for trans men in Brighton which meets on the third Friday of every month, 7-9pm, at Space for Change, 14 Windlesham Avenue, Brighton, BN1 3AH

Further details can be found at 

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