Back to life, back to reality

Back to life, back to reality! There is always that sense after the August bank holiday that it’s time to settle down and be sensible again. Summer is great but now back to work. Even the traffic this morning seemed to be returning to the normal state of affairs on the M27. Some of those cones are becoming close personal friends.

Speaking of friends, it was great to see so many of you out at Southampton Pride this weekend. Back where it all started for Chrysalis’ transition, that first time we were out and proud and Dianne led the parade.

Now that Chrysalis has our own Project Coordinator we are hoping to get more involved with the Pride committees, what an incredible job they all do. Did you know that Bourne Free is the second largest event in Bournemouth, after the air show? Southampton Pride is definitely right up there too with two stages and so much going on. If you haven’t had your fill of Pride volunteering this year then give Dawn in the office a shout ( as she’s looking for people for Trans Pride London and Eastleigh Pride. No experience necessary, just a willingness to muck in and talk about Chrysalis to everyone and anyone.

Roll up, roll up! Have you heard about our Bournemouth Launch on the 6th September? Come along for the world premier of Chrysalis’ new short film showcasing the importance and impact of our work, find out more about our services and what we are doing in the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole area. The need for our services has never been greater, that safe, confidential space where you can meet with your peers, receive counselling and get some great workshops into the bargain. Check out more about the launch event at and get your free ticket here…. Can't come but still want a chance in our draw? Then buy your draw tickets here

What else is on the cards for the next few weeks? Looking forward into the Autumn with vigour and renewed pride and I notice that October 24th will be my second CEOversary with Chrysalis! Two years since I was entrusted with the helm of this fantastic organisation, I hope I’ve done you proud and fully intend to keep on doing so. I can’t thank everyone enough for all that you have given to Chrysalis and to me, we are truly an organisation to be proud of. Every single one of you who has given a few pence to those who have donated thousands, the trustees, the volunteers, our supporters across the country, the speakers at our conferences and the trustees at Tudor Trust and the National Lottery who believed in us. You all believed in Chrysalis and my vision. You helped me believe that we can change the world, we can show everyone that it is absolutely and totally OK to be your authentic self and that Chrysalis is also developing an authentic self.

Looking further forward we are coming closer to Trans Day of Remembranceon the 20th November when we all , you can get your flags from Chrysalis a £20 donation gets your name included in our list of allies. If you’ve flown the rainbow during Pride then you know the impact this has, make your trans friends, colleagues, and customers feel included and safe on this the saddest time of year.

Even further? I’m really pleased to be able to announce that we are in dialogue with Bournemouth University for our third conference to be held in April 2020 – watch this space for more details and do email the office if you are interested in speaking.

And now closer. Focus, focus, right into today! Today is very exciting, yet also bittersweet because we get to interview for our new Fundraising and Social Media Officer but also we are interviewing for that role because today is Callum’s last day. Callum has only been with us a few short months but we are so sad to see him go. It’s OK, I’m pretty sure it’s him not us as he’s moving to Leeds and really we can’t compete with that! The impact Callum has made on our social media and on our funds has way exceeded his targets and he goes with our best wishes and the knowledge that we have made another great friend.

Today I’m also meeting with Steph, the chair of trustees and probably the secretary Jon will pop into the office at some point too. Next week we’ve got a Business Development meeting with Miss S, getting our business planning on.

Tomorrow I’ve got a meeting with Wessex CPS about developing a training package with them, and it’s time to pay the wages, then Thursday it’s some more supervision before my final holiday of the summer and another music festival over the weekend which means I’m off on Friday and my blog will be out next Tuesday.

Sometime this week I also have to put together lots of documents for Tudor Trust to ensure that we have sufficient funding for me from next May. Never fear, sleep is not necessary I’m sure!
Bye for now, it’s most definitely time to put the tunes on, get my head down and close the door so the aircon actually cools this room down.