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February 10, 2020
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Did you miss me? I’m so sorry. As is always the way I’ve got to the end of the year and haven’t used up all my annual leave so I’m taking the opportunity for a few sneaky Mondays and Fridays! Yep, that’s right, I was off last Monday. Chilling and reading and doing all those things that one does on a day off like: cleaning the bathroom; sorting out some old junk; tidying. You know, that relaxing kind of stuff.

Then it was flat out busy for the rest of the week and I had to trust that you, dear reader, would be OK without me for a week. I do hope you were.

Tuesday and Wednesday saw me at the University of Southampton delivering trans awareness training to the whole of the Residences Team, it was great to be back in halls and to see some people from my past life as well as to meet so many great new people and to know that Uni of Southampton students have got a really incredible team of people in halls looking out for them and working to give the best possible support to everyone.

Tuesday night saw Maximillian and I at a Gala Dinner. It was all a bit posh I can tell you. Many thanks to Solent University’s deputy Vice Chancellor Dr Julie Hall for inviting us to join you at the Apprenticeship Awards. Fine food, fine company and some stunning entertainment from Solent students.

Thursday was a bit of a back to earth with a bump moment thought as I attended the Serious Violence Summit hosted by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner at St Mary’s Stadium. Definitely a different kind of state of the nation, but positive nonetheless. There are so many people working so hard to make our city that much better for all those who share it with us. It’s always great to hear the work that No Limits and Youth Options and all the other organisations do.

Friday I got to catch up on office work, thanks Steffi for all the new videos, they are going to look great, and to chat with Joel. It’s my pleasure to announce that the Basingstoke Trans and Questionning Group will soon be moving to Wednesday nights with Maximillian bringing his own brand of facilitation to the team. I can’t think of a better person to take on the baton from Hannah who has done such a fantastic job over the years and is taking a short break.

What’s on this week? Well this week it’s all about Bournemouth University. Training their Students Services team today and tomorrow talking about the conference and meeting with my fantastic team of counsellors.

*Goes off to check diary* Phew! For the rest of the week I get to be in the office. Catching up on admin and sorting out the move. Can you believe it, in less than a month we’ll have moved our head office to Southampton.

People have been asking about the AGM, this will most likely be in May, notification will be out soon. If you’re interested in becoming a trustee now would be the time to send me a message and we’ll get together for a chat. I’d love to hear from you

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