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April 20, 2020
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An update on Support Groups, Summer and Lock-down easing and our new Cycling Tour De Trans event coming soon.

It feels like we are now reaching the calmer waters on the other side. The frantic activity to get Chrysalis running virtually is paying off: our support groups are back up and running and our one-to-one counselling is now starting to support not only current clients but also to take people off the waiting list. Time perhaps to enjoy the sunshine, admire the resurgence of wildlife and start planning something nice for the future.

 

Crow on the grass in Andi's garden
It’s odd what people have in their gardens isn’t it? No prize for guessing but I’d love to hear your thoughts about the crow’s backdrop

Time to look beyond the now, time to start planning for the future and time to remember that we too are important. We have some really exciting news coming soon. Are you passionate about cycling, want to set yourself a challenge, are you ready to join the Tour de Trans? Join Paeton as they cycle from Lands End to John O’Groats later this year. Watch this space to find out how to get involved – we’ll be looking for riders, support crew, sponsors and general cheerleaders. Bringing together trans groups from across the country cycle a bit or cycle the lot.

 

Paeton on their bike with their thumbs up after completing a training session for the #TourdeTrans
Paeton training for the Tour de Trans – Across genders, across Britain

Today’s thank you goes to Dawn, she doesn’t like credit and praise but that doesn’t mean we could do without her. A couple of days of much needed rest over the Easter holiday and she’s back on form. Checking emails and keeping us all on track. Every office needs a Dawn, she is the most organised person I have ever had the privilege to work with and her calm manner helps us all navigate the rapids of uncertainty.

How are you all doing? How did you navigate the waterfall? Are you, like us, starting to come out the other side? Do you want to chat, have a clearer idea of what you need or have you gained a whole new focus on your life? We’d love to hear from you.

One of the great things that has come out of this lockdown for me is everyone else’s cats. DJ’s cat spotting has now become the regular past time of our weekend socialising. This week I give you Francesca’s cat, a truly stunning feline and a great alternative to Helena who still doesn’t like having her photo taken.

 

DJ holding her beautiful white cat during a set on Saturday
DJ’s cats, one of the unexpected bonuses of lockdown socialising.

Last week was another good one. I ran our first ever online Trans Awareness course and it was great to meet with some of our newest volunteers. Welcome to Gina, Fraedan, Anthony and Harjinder, I’m really looking forward to working with you. The virtual postie also brought the most wonderful letter any charity leader can receive, confirmation of successful funding from Tudor Trust for the next three years. The trustees were flexible recognising that changing times bring changing needs and yet again show their faith in me and your charity to continue to deliver the best possible support to all those who seek it.

This week is supervision week and whilst my calendar reminds me that I was supposed to go to the theatre on Saturday I have this lovely reminder of the Andrew O’Neill gig at the Art House on Wednesday to keep me going. If you’re looking for something different to do during lockdown, have you not been able to get out midweek because of life? Then check out our friends and supporters at https://thearthousesouthampton.org/ or some really good comedy and escapes from reality.

 

Andrew O'Neill with headphones on, transmitting from his study in Milton Keynes
Watching Andrew O’Neill at The Art House, great to be a part of something so much bigger.

 

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