What is the Young Transgender Centre of Excellence?

The Young Transgender Centre of Excellence is a project supporting young transgender people aged 0-18 and their families and carers in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.  

Excitingly, this is the first ever transgender project in our area to be funded by BBC Children in Need and we are proud and honoured to have been given the opportunity to run a flagship project of this kind. 

Based here at the Leicester LGB&T Centre, this project began on the 2 November 2015 and will run for the next three years. 

 

How can the project help you?

Well, this will depend on who you are. The help and support you may need will vary depending on whether you are a young transgender person, the family member or carer of a young transgender person, or whether you work with or support a young transgender person in a different capacity or may do in the future e.g. teachers, youth workers, medical staff etc. 

If you are interested in any of the help and support detailed below, please contact Lisa – the Young Transgender Centre of Excellence Project Lead, using the contact form below. Alternatively, you can telephone or visit the Centre to speak to Lisa.

If you need any other kind of support, help or advice on gender dysphoria and it isn’t mentioned here, don’t panic just yet! If you live in Leicester, Leicestershire or Rutland you can contact Lisa who will be more than happy to help where she can. 

 

 Leicester Pride 2015

 

Information for the young transgender community

We offer a huge variety of services for young transgender people. These include a weekly social/support group called 'The T Party' for those aged 13-18. This runs every Monday 6pm-8pm here at the Centre.

We can also support you by referring you to the Tavistock and Portman gender identity clinic (GIC) in London. The only GIC to take patients under the age of 18. 

If you want to drop-in and see Lisa we offer weekly drop-ins every Monday 4pm – 6pm and every Thursday 4pm – 6pm. You can also call or email Lisa and she will try her best to help you during these times. 

We also offer advice and guidance, including on:

  • binders, packing and breast formers
  • deed poll and name changes 
  • medical procedures and surgery 
  • how and when to come out 
  • transphobia and hate crimes/incidents

We know that experiencing gender dysphoria can be a distressing time and we want to make this easier in any way we can. With this in mind, we also offer counselling to any young transgender person who feels it would benefit them.  

We also know that because of gender dysphoria you may face difficulties in other aspects of your life such as at school or college for example. When this is the case we can offer someone to advocate or speak on your behalf so that you can deal with these issues as quickly and as painlessly as possible. 

 

Information for families and carers of young transgender people

We have seen first-hand that every parent/carer/family member of a young transgender person experiences different emotions and reacts differently to gender dysphoria. It is often a difficult time, not only for the young person but for their families too. It is for this reason that we also offer help and support to a young transgender person’s family. 

We also offer advice and guidance on:

  • how best to support your transgender family member
  • binders, packing and breast formers
  • deed poll and name changes 
  • medical procedures and surgery 
  • how and when to come out
  • transphobia and hate crimes/incidents

We know that supporting your young transgender family member can be a worrying time. With this in mind, we provide counselling to any family members of a young transgender person who feel it would benefit them.  

If you want to drop-in and see Lisa we offer weekly drop-ins every Monday 4pm – 6pm and every Thursday 4pm – 6pm. You can also call or email Lisa and she will try her best to help you during these times. 

We also know that because of your family member’s gender dysphoria they may face difficulties or discrimination in other aspects of their life, as may you as a result. When this is the case we can offer someone to advocate on your behalf and support you in these challenging situations. 

 

Information for those who work with young transgender people

From our experience we know that some organisations who currently work or may work with young transgender people in the future are fantastic. They know the right terminology to use, the correct advice and guidance to give and they know how to help the young person move forward in a positive way. 

However, this is not always the case. Not every school, youth service or GP surgery, for example, will know how to support a young transgender person. But don’t worry, that’s where we come in. An important part of this project, is to offer training sessions and workshops to organisations to help them better support the young transgender people in their care and to ultimately improve the lives of these young people and their care pathway.  

In addition to training sessions and workshops we also offer advice and guidance on:

  • how best to support young transgender people
  • binders, packing and breast formers
  • deed poll and name changes 
  • medical procedures and surgery 
  • how and when to come out 
  • transphobia and hate crimes/incidents

online resources

Click on the links for useful information about:

Advice on changing your name & gender at school or college

Advice on the provision of toilets and changing rooms for transgender students at school and college

Advice on transitioning in childhood, adolescence and adulthood

Signposting to other helpful resources

Young Transgender Centre of Excellence flyer

 

GET IN TOUCH WITH US

If you'd like to get involved with the project or you think the project can help you or someone you know, please fill out the form below and we will get back to you as soon as possible.  Or you can give us a call - Tel: 07871106341

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