Blue is a good colour

Wow! Congratulations to and to for an incredible fundraiser over the weekend. As one of our volunteers has said “perhaps we have now reached that Trans Tipping Point”. The real people out there are our allies. Those who are, like one of our newest volunteers, sick of reading about all the hatred towards trans people and are saying ‘enough is enough’ and looking at what they can do to help. Well you most certainly did that. With your support Mermaids can deliver some incredible support to gender diverse children and their families. What a wonderful start to the year for Mermaids and a great way to enter blue Monday.

What’s happening closer to home? Well firstly I would like to welcome Awa to the Chrysalis team. Awa is a student who joins us as our Marketing and Development Officer. Awa will be working on our AGM (26th January, if you’re coming sign up on the Eventbrite link Dawn sent you) and our conference on the 9th April)

Last Tuesday I met with Devin from the who Chrysalis are proud to be partnering with for the event showcasing and celebrating the art trans people bring to our communities in the week leading up to Transgender Day of Visibility on 31st March. Check out the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ArtSoTrans/ for more information and if you’re in Southampton pop down to the Art House, have a decent coffee and find out more.

Wednesday was all about the AGM; one-to-one meetings; and then more data for a funding application. It’s a good thing that the talented Kevan has already pulled the data together for the AGM and so I had some incredible figures at my fingertips to show just how much Chrysalis has developed over the last year. Speaking of fingers, keep them crossed. This funding malarkey is harder than it looks.

Never forget that Chrysalis always needs you. Each £40 raised is a new beneficiary supported and when 40% of last years first contacts told our team they had attempted suicide it’s no exaggeration to say that “Chrysalis saves lives”. People often ask me where we get our funding from, well you, that’s where. All you incredible people who are our allies. Those of you with innovative ideas and those of you who just make a regular donation. People like Anna-Marie the Portsmouth Pioneer who has got our donation tins into the Southsea stores. People like our patron -Matronic who named us as her chosen charity on on Friday night. Check out our Just Giving page (www.justgiving.com/chrysalis-jg) or email info@chrysalis-gii.org if you want to do a fundraiser.

Thursday I was privileged to be invited to speak to the Dementia Friendly Southampton Steering Group, a very long title for some really great people. A chance to spread the word a little bit wider about what we do and also to find out more about the great work the do, then it was back into Southampton to meet up with Ani Ritchie and David Wright from who are consulting on the conference. Thanks so much for the support and expertise. We have shortlisted our speakers so watch this space for more news very, very soon.

Friday as you may know I was at the Shaping Portsmouth conference , it was good to really feel the drive for improvement that imbues the city. So much energy and positivity. Lots of notable moments, including a quick chat with about their antibullying program and a chance to say ‘hi’ to . I’m feeling really positive about the Portsmouth project, if you want to get involved in helping us set up our Portsmouth centre then email info@chrysalis-gii.org

Friday also saw me welcoming Neil our new Business Analyst volunteer. It never ceases to amaze me how much people are prepared to give to our charity, I cannot thank our enough. We really couldn’t do it without you. Which reminds me, last shout if you’re interested in standing as a trustee. We need your statement in by the end of Tuesday if you are standing. Email me or info@chrysalis-gii.org or speak directly to one of the current board members.

The drive never stops here, this week is shaping up to be as fun and busy as all the previous ones. We at Chrysalis are certainly not letting the grass grow under our feet. Indeed now we have another full time member of staff, albeit only for a few weeks, the long suffering and outstanding office team are now going to have to get used to hotdesking. Thank goodness Joanne, Andy and Samantha, with help from Steph and Deanna, got us up and running on Office 365.

Today one I’ve finished this I’m going to be working with Awa on her objectives, then Tuesday, Thursday and Friday I get some more one-to-one time grounding me by listening to other people’s narratives. All the rest of the time is going to be AGM and Conference work and squeezing in some more funding applications.

Well tatty bye for now, see you at the AGM or in an online space sometime soon.