What an incredible week

Sometimes it is hard to know which piece of good news to start with. For those of you who are ardent followers of our page and the Daily Echo you will know that on Wednesday Jon, Steph and I met with Matt from the National Lottery Community Fund to confirm Chrysalis’ award of £283k funding for core costs over the next five years. Wow! The culmination of many months of hard work which started on the 7th Dec 2017 and a massive thank you to all the players of the National Lottery who made it possible.

Leaving my role at Solent University and taking on Chrysalis, with less than 6 months of funds in reserves was a big risk but I knew it was worth a leap of faith. Chrysalis is an incredible charity, had helped so many people and had such dedicated volunteers and supporters that we were in a stronger position than perhaps we appeared. Over the course of my first months I met with many people both internal and external and received lots of advice. So many people wanted to help, each new meeting gave me more ideas and more avenues to explore.

Then I met with Mandy Harris from Community First. She didn’t tell me what she thought I should do but instead asked me what I had done. We talked through my hopes and aspirations for Chrysalis and Mandy suggested applying for Awards for All funding to get the word out there about Chrysalis and conduct a consultation to find out what people wanted Chrysalis to be. That consultation closed at Portsmouth Pride and formed the heart of our application for the National Lottery Community Fund. So I would like to say a massive, heartfelt “thank you Mandy” from everyone here at Chrysalis, we would never have got here without you.

Keeping up with the good news stories we launched our conference last week. Chrysalis knows that there are many good people and companies out there working hard to ensure trans people are included in the workplace, in support services and in education and we are delighted to be able to showcase that best practice on the 9th April 2019 at at a price which brings world class training to the smallest company. Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/transinclusivity-tickets-56035987146?aff…

Saturday was our first Pride of the year. Congratulations to for another incredible event. The Chrysalis team had a great time and did lots of networking. A shout out to Sexual Health for finding out more about us, so many trans+ people comment to me about cringy visits to the clinic it’s heartwarming to know the teams are working hard to find out better ways to get it right. We are also looking forward to seeing , and at the conference and building our links with them, Dawn says “Hi, it was great talking with you”.

This week is shaping up to being another busy one. Today is catch up day: working on the conference; supporting people experiencing transphobic treatment; catching up with superDawn and continuing with Bournemouth development.

Tuesday I may have a chance to speak about Chrysalis to the biggest audience yet, watch this space for more details.

Wednesday I’m in Basingstoke for training and consultancy with the LAGLOs and a catch up with our volunteers.

And finally Friday is a chance to focus on our Portsmouth development and prepare the monthly reports. It’s good that February is a short month after the 110 days of January but that does mean that month end comes round much faster than feels reasonable!

So bye for now, time to get my head down and get this week on track.