It's all go at Chrysalis because #GenderIdentityMatters

Another day, another rainy drive to Dorset. But the sky is clearing now and I can hear birds singing so hopefully the rest of our drive to Dorchester will be fine because today is the day! A meeting with Dorset NHS to speak about the essential work does and show off the lovely video created by Steffi of what Chrysalis has done for people and what Chrysalis means to people. I never tire of watching it.

New year, so many new things!

Welcome back! I hope you all had a good break and thanks to our tireless volunteers who have been keeping everything ticking over during the holidays. Thanks to Sheila for the Happy New Year message and to all our facilitators and group members who made Friday special with the first support groups of the year.

Claimed by Whamageddon! Down, but never out.

An early blog today as I have an 8:30am meeting so need to get these words down first. What should I write about the week before Christmas? Firstly that my thoughts are with you all, those of you who are happy and looking forward to celebrations, those of you with family or with new family, those who can be out and confident and those who are perhaps thinking about how to come out or carefully guarding their privacy. I’m thinking of those of you who have found a new family in supportive, understanding, friends and those of you who are perhaps still looking for that family.

GRA reform, hate crime and fantastic coffee

It’s election week! Like almost everyone else in the country, or at least those on my Facebook, I think I’m looking forward to Friday 13th. A day when, just perhaps, we can look forward to some stability, to some vision and to some clarity with regards to the management of our country. I’m really not sure I like living in Interesting Times, never has my opinion been canvassed so much yet have I felt a lack of control of the outcome.

You are loved

The advent calendars are open and the first chocolate has been eaten, the first pictures gazed upon and the anticipation starts, but does it? December and the festive season is a time of mixed emotions for many people and certainly for many trans and questioning people. Whilst being trans isn’t a predicator of poor mental health or familial rejection there’s no denying that many trans people are rejected by their families and come to find new families within the trans community.

Why #GenderIdentityMatters

Good morning! Another busy week ahead for all of us. I hope that those of you in retail have survived Black Friday weekend and are now set for the fun and joy that is December. Yes! Can you believe it? December is just around the corner.

Friends and Allies

Today I was thinking about friends as I drove into work. The importance of friends and how those connections keep us whole. Friends come in all shapes and sizes, sometimes we’ll drive across the country to see them, other times it’s a chance meet up or a coffee. Friends do favours for us, they’ll feed our cats or go with us to a difficult appointment, they are there to share our triumphs and our challenges.

Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day, my feed is full of people I have met along my travels remembering those who they served with. My grandma and child spent yesterday at Remembrance Day services. A moment out of our lives to think about war, and peace and hope for the future.

I heard Ian Rankin interviewed this morning about his 30 year old book that’s been reprinted, he said how the themes within the book were eerily relevant to modern times, well except for the 12 mentions of the new innovation of car central locking, 11 of those have been edited out.

What is safe space?

I'm back and I have 15 minutes to write my blog because today is a fun packed day at Bournemouth University, Chrysalis' new partner. I can't express how great it is for Chrysalis to have been welcomed into Bournemouth by so many institutions and individuals. We are really making an impact here and this is just the start of our Dorset adventures. is on the up.