Partnership Projects

Trans Health Merseyside

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.

Wellbeing sessions 2017 all starting at 6pm – 8pm

Tuesday 13th June
For the Wellbeing session of Trans Health Merseyside this month we welcome Tim Blackstone from the local Trans Support Service and Jo Lightwood from the Armistead Centre to discuss: Sexual Health and Wellbeing

This was a very popular session last year (with lively discussion1).  Please bring your questions, queries and an open mind.

Tuesday 11th July
This session you will have the chance to enhance your breathing, posture and sense of wellbeing by singing with the “Choir With No Name”.

The “Choir With No Name” works with people affected by homelessness and were founded on the premise that “singing makes you feel good; it distracts you from all the nonsense in life and helps you to build up your confidence and abilities”.

Bring your breath and they will work to bring you all together in song.

Themes for the following dates to be confirmed:

  • Tuesday 8th August
  • Tuesday 5th September
  • Tuesday 3rd October

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 meetings are 6pm – 8pm:
Tuesday 30th May; Tuesday 27th June; Tuesday 25th July; Tuesday 22nd August; Tuesday 19th September

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.

Trans Health Merseyside Project Worker (1.5 days a week) Kathleen Charters
Transcend Group Facilitator Lucy Martin

All sessions are free but spaces may be limited. Please register your attendance by phoning 0151 237 3989 and ask for Kath Charters or Victoria Hughes. There is changing space available at Sahir House and we are fully accessible.

Trans Health Merseyside is pleased to present its report from the recent consultation that was delivered via social media and engagement with local trans support groups.
Full report can be downloaded here.
Twitter: TransPeerHealth
Facebook: Trans Health Merseyside

Interchange – University of Liverpool

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 on a wide range of issues. Previous placements of both PhD and post graduate level students have include:

  • Experiences and needs of LGBT people seeking asylum (PhD)
  • Improving outcomes and supporting transparency
  • HIV health awareness training for young people
  • Evaluating the impact of HIV testing campaigns on heterosexual men within the Merseyside area
  • Raising the Profile of Sahir House via Social Medi

Interchange is a registered charity and links Higher Education (HEIs) with local voluntary and community organisations (VCOs) from Greater Merseyside for the purpose of research and work-based learning projects. Their aim is to act as a ‘broker’ between the VCOs who have research and work-based learning project needs and students in Higher Education who are looking for research/work-based learning project opportunities. Interchange is based in one of its partner organisations, the University of Liverpool. Other partners are Liverpool Hope University and Liverpool John Moores University.

Many Hands One Heart

Is a newly established network to support people seeking asylum and refugees living in Liverpool and the surrounding areas who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or trans. It provides a safe and confidential space once per fortnight in the city centre for LGBT people seeking asylum and refugees to meet, talk and receive advice, support and information from professionals, services and each other. The network is led by Sahir House and supported by Mersey Care Mental Health Trust, The Armistead Centre, Liverpool Community Development Services and Queer Notions.

Findings from MA research can be downloaded here.

Many Hands One Heart article inclusion in Sexual Health Quarterly Bulletin.



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