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Workloads, skills and volunteering

July 31, 2020
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Well, the main theme of the week seems to have been “I didn’t really do much this week” before discussing a whole list of what we’ve each done. It turns out it’s easy to play down all the work we do and all the time we put into it – especially when we’ve been so busy all day that we get to the end of it and can’t remember any of what we did more than a couple of hours back!

This week became a reminder to me

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Tour de Trans Training Diaries

July 23, 2020
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BLOOD, SWEAT AND FEARS
Broken gear levers, broken crates, fear-conquering faith

Seven weeks ago today, a turbo training session went horribly wrong. Twenty minutes into the workout my right-hand gear lever snapped clear off, finally succumbing to damage sustained in a previous fall. Ordinarily this would have been annoying, frustrating, and in some ways quite funny.

Proscilla’s right gear selector snapped clean off

Instead it was devastating. We were thick in

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Keyworkers, anyone?

July 17, 2020
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Supporting people through this odd time of lockdown has been a really interesting experience. We have had to look into different ways of offering support; through email, telephone calls, video calls and running support groups and counselling online. We have had to adapt and improve in what we offer, and as such we went right up to capacity in what our volunteers could offer.

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The Chrysalis outdoor stand flying all the trans flags at Eastleigh Mela

We can all do better

June 8, 2020
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This month is Pride month, we should be celebrating our freedom, our authenticity and our future but somehow that doesn’t feel right. Trans and non-binary people come in all shapes and sizes, from all races and ethnicities and are of all ages. Being trans is simply an aspect of our whole self. Sometimes our transness takes  centre stage, we need to do something, we need to change, to come  out but at other times the rest of our world is more important.

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Friday Chrysalis online support group launched

April 14, 2020
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Great news everyone, on Friday Chrysalis officially got online with our first online support group. We had six attendees (and a few teething troubles) but all involved agreed it was worthwhile and worth pursuing. Members attending told us that “I missed the groups so much” and “thank you for doing this” and we all agreed that around five people for an hour seemed about right.

Those six attending were each given the space to talk about what had been going on for them, respond supportively to each other

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