Trans Health Merseyside (THM) is a collaborative project led by In-Trust Merseyside and supported by Sahir House. Established in 2015 and funded by Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), THM engages with Merseyside’s Trans networks by providing peer mentoring, health and wellbeing information, support with employability issues and support for victims of transphobic hate incidents.
Volunteer Peer Mentors provide health information and support to those who identify as transsexual, transgender, intersex, and gender non-conforming to help alleviate social isolation and related stress and promote empowerment. Volunteer training, induction, support and travel expenses are provided.
Previous wellbeing sessions have included:
- Tim Blackstone from the local Trans Support Service and Jo Lightwood from the Armistead Centre about sexual health wellbeing.
- Breathing, posture and sense of wellbeing by singing with the Choir With No Name.
Wellbeing sessions 6pm – 8pm:
- Tuesday 31st October
- Tuesday 28th November
Transcend is a facilitated support group which provides a safe space to explore issues of being affected by hate crime and the reporting of hate crime.
Transcend group 6pm – 8pm:
- Tuesday 17th October
- Tuesday 14th November
- Tuesday 12th December
Trans peer mentors will be available for one-to-one support and signposting before and after Transcend and wellbeing sessions: 5.30-6pm and 7.30-8pm. If you are attending the wellbeing or Transcend sessions for the first time please arrive at 5.30pm for an informal chat with a peer mentor or group facilitator on how the project can support you.
Trans Health Merseyside Project Worker Kath Charters
Transcend Group Facilitator Lucy Martin
All sessions are free but space is limited. Please register your attendance by phoning 0151 237 3989 and ask for Kath Charters. There is changing space available at Sahir House and we are fully accessible.
Trans Health Merseyside trans support group survey. Full report can be downloaded here.
Facebook: Trans Health Merseyside
Sahir House host Interchange student placements from the University of Liverpool. The placements provide students with a meaningful opportunity to research issues affecting Sahir House and the HIV community.
Previous placements have included:
- Experiences and needs of LGBT people seeking asylum (PhD) – read overview
- Health and wellbeing outcomes – read report here
- HIV health awareness training for young people – read report here
- Evaluating the impact of HIV testing campaigns on heterosexual men within the Merseyside area – read report here
- Raising the profile of Sahir House and HIV via media platforms – read report here
Interchange is the partner organisation with University of Liverpool, Liverpool Hope University and Liverpool John Moores University.