Gender Outreach Update

Leah Emerson, our Gender Outreach Worker in Blackpool talks about the latest developments over in Lancashire

There have been some really positive things happening over here in Lancashire!

Danielle Hopkins, our Gender Outreach Worker in Preston, and myself are being kept busy and we’ve seen some really positive results. I’m all set to offer a new Peer and Social Support group in Lancaster now that I’ve managed to source a venue and agree dates.  I will also still be available for one-to-one appointments over in Lancaster every 3rd Tuesday of the month from 4pm to 8pm.

As part of my role with Lancashire LGBT, I attended the raising of the Pride Flag above the town hall in Leyland, along with the Mayor of Preston and the Mayor of South Ribble.  This was the first time they have flown the flag and I was asked to take part.  Although I was there as Project Worker for Lancashire LGBT, this was a fantastic opportunity to tell everyone about the work I do for the Gender Identity Service (GIS).

The University Of Central Lancashire held a Pride event and Danielle and myself were both asked to attend.  We also attended the Lancashire LGBT Trans Residential at Borwick Hall in Carnforth in October.  Again I was there in my role as Project Worker for Lancashire LGBT, but I offered assistance to Danielle who was there over the weekend in her outreach role. We were asked to deliver a presentation about Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) and surgical procedures.  15 people attended the presentation and we received really positive feedback.

I’m looking forward to starting the Peer and Social Support group in Lancaster as this is the first time I’ve offered a group in this location.  The GIS have started sending letters out to patients along with posters to let everyone know that I will be available and you can come along for a chat.

Find out more about our Gender Outreach workers on our Gender Identity Service (GIS) page.  You can also download leaflets for our Leeds Gender Outreach Workers and our Lancashire Gender Outreach Workers.

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