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In October 2018 the City Bridge Trust, who have funded Spectra’s Trans counselling service for the past three years, informed us of a film-making scheme “Telling Your Stories” ran in partnership with Media Trust.  Offering ten charitable projects they supported, to have a short film made about their work by a professional filmmaker. Spectra had […]


This iconic costume is one of the key items for a project funded by Wandsworth Oasis with Spectra to educate & inform MSM and Young People in Wandsworth, about HIV & STI prevention, plus increased Sexual Health Awareness. To continue the decline in HIV infection rates –  PHE recommends prevention message and reduction of high risk […]


Pride 2019 on July 6 was an amazing experience, as ever. With over 1.5 million people in attendance we felt the love and support, along with our peers, friends and colleagues that permeated central London and the Parade route. Here are just a few of the pictures on the day, with more to be added […]

The GMI Partnership: working to provide a unique pan-London sexual health service

Spectra’s HIV Prevention Co-ordinator for GMI, Gianluca Failla recently wrote an article for Italian website Gay News which has been translated below. Detailing the history of GMI and Gianluca’s role within the partnership. Link to the full article can be found here: http://www.gaynews.it/2019/06/26/gmi-partnership-come-fornire-un-servizio-unico-di-salute-sessuale-in-tutta-londra/ The GMI Partnership is a 10-year old partnership made up of three […]



OVERVIEW The trans-peer mentoring programme is designed to support individuals who would like holistic support around any issues that are important to you.  These might include gender identity, sexual orientation, self-esteem, relationships (personal and with professionals) and well-being issues, and we offer a safe, non-judgmental, supportive, and empowering environment in which to explore these. Many […]

Mindfulness Based Chemsex Recovery (MBCR) Programme

Mindfulness Based Chemsex Recovery (MBCR) is a new programme we are launching in May in Soho. Spectra’s mental health lead Ben Hoff, and outreach worker Bex Freeman who are developing and co-facilitating the programme, were interviewed by Boyz Magazine, to give more background to our new service… Hi Ben & Bex, so what’s Mindfulness Based […]

Merton Sexual Health Strategy Consultation

Sexual Health Strategy Consultation The London Borough of Merton (LBM) and Merton Clinical Commissioning Group (NHS, CCG), working alongside NHS England, are responsible for commissioning sexual health services across Merton. To inform the planning and development of these services the CCG, in partnership with the council are developing a joint 5 year sexual health strategy […]

National Lottery Community Fund Grant Awarded to Spectra

Empowerment and Support – for people of trans experience. Acceptance and validation are extremely important in any individual’s life.  This can be particularly relevant for people of trans experience who have made or are often making life-changing decisions within a society which barely understands or accepts trans people or the problems they face. Spectra’s new […]


February 2019 is LGBT History Month, and some of the team at Spectra have shared here, some of their personal memories in history. From events, to people and iconic places in between. First up is our Operations Manager John, and his memory of the AIDS: Don’t Die of Ignorance Campaign from the mid-1980s. A teenager […]

Red Run 2018 – Team #run4spectra2018