Spectra’s Empowerment and Support programme’s peer led Non-Binary and Trans Groups offer an opportunity for a diverse range of people who identify on the trans and non-binary spectrum to meet and engage like-minded individuals to explore, discuss and support each other in a safe, welcoming space. Addressing a range of issues faced by individuals – social isolation, stigma, prejudice and transphobia, that can lead to gender dysphoria, isolation and poor mental health. Empowerment is a key feature of the online social groups and Spectra’s trans programme engages the knowledge, energy & experience of service users, mentors, volunteers and staff of trans experience, providing peer led mentoring, workshops, podcasts, peer support and counselling that work to build resilience, resourcefulness, skills and strength for the trans and non-binary community. We believe that people of trans experience are community assets and we use our peer expertise to provide services that build resourcefulness and strength, empowering self and empowering communities.
We are offering two groups:
You can choose choose to join one or both of these groups base on your situation. Before click on the Registration button at the bottom of this page, please read the following group roles carefully.
Once registered successfully, you will be able to receive an email confirmation with details of how to access the group and how to keep the group meetings in your diary. Our staff will contact those unsuccessful applicants individually and suggest more suitable service accordingly.
In order to make our online social groups a safe space for everyone to attend these are some basic rules devised by the group for the Social Group participation.
The group will periodically revisit and amend the list of rules if necessary, to ensure these rules still work for the group.
Any queries comments or concerns about the group rules can be brought up by the group at a session, or you can email: Trans@spectra-london.org.uk.
Spectra will begin and end meetings on time.
Please arrive PROMPTLY. Arriving a little before the start time would be greatly appreciated. Late arrivals and early departures can be distracting so please avoid this if at all possible.
If arriving late, please refrain from openly messaging the channel with greetings or questions about topic. Wait until the share is over as the leader will post the topic once again on the main screen.
Any pre-meeting chat should be limited to the type of conversation you would normally engage in during a live face-to-face meeting.
The Trans and Non-Binary Support Group are open to all persons at all stages of transition (including pre-transition) and identify along the Trans & Non-Binary spectrum, including those who are questioning their gender identity.
The group is broadly defined. It is flexible; flowing with the participants’ needs and interests and provides an opportunity to reduce feelings of isolation and offers respect for individual choices and experiences.
Everything said and heard in the group will be treated with respect for the participants’ privacy. Anything said between any two or more group members at any time is part of the group and is confidential. What is said in the group stays in the group.
There is an exception to this confidentiality which applies to the social group moderating facilitator. If the social group moderating facilitator believes that someone is in danger, they have a professional obligation to take direct action in order to keep everyone safe.
No filming or recording of the group members or the session is allowed on any device under any circumstances and if anyone is found to be doing, so they will be disengaged by the social group moderating facilitator.
Group members cannot participate in the group under the influence of alcohol or other mind-altering drugs. When under the influence of chemicals, persons do not have access to their emotions and have less control over their behaviour. If anyone behaves in any way that suggests to the social group moderating facilitator that they are under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, they will be asked to leave the group.
All participants are expected to be suitably attired for the group sessions.
The group is a safe place to share feelings, and to obtain and provide support, information, reassurance and encouragement.
The group offers respect for individual choices and experiences. During the meeting please be respectful of peoples’ opinions and their feelings any rudeness will not be tolerated.
Please be courteous and respectful to each other, keeping in mind that many newcomers may be present and need to feel safe, comfortable, and welcome. Do not discuss things that may be offensive to others.
Silence is acceptable. No one needs to say anything they does not wish to say. The group is supportive rather than judgmental.
Social group moderating facilitators are authorized to issue you a private warning if you disregard these guidelines. Abuse or intimidation toward other group members is never tolerated and if anyone threatens to harm a group member, the social group moderating facilitator will disengage the abuser and they will be asked to leave the group.
One person talks at a time to allow people to share views. No-one is allowed to dominate the conversation, and when discussing a topic, try to stay on topic.
If you wish to share, raise a hand and the social group moderating facilitator will call on people in the order their “hands” went up.
It is customary to introduce yourself in the beginning of your share, ie. “Hi, I’m Jo.” In this way, the social group moderating facilitator can welcome you on behalf of the group and the members can thank you when you are finished. When sharing, please keep your shares reasonable in length so that others may have time to share. Also, please keep your share related to the meeting topic. When you are finished sharing, state “DONE”.
Turn mobile phones to silent. If you need to take a call, please do so outside of the group.
If you are going to be away from your computer or the group, please raise your hand and respectfully let the social group moderating facilitator know.
Please be aware that the social group moderating facilitator will monitor unauthorized individuals in the webcam. Please turn off your webcam if you have any visitor during the social group meeting.
It happens sometimes that newcomers may not follow the established protocol or may be unfamiliar with how to share in an appropriate manner. Please do not criticise, chastise or respond to them in any way. You can send a private chat massage to the facilitator, who will then take care of these situations privately.
If you have any feedback or suggestion about the group, please communicate it to the facilitator privately unless you are responding to a group inquiry.