Spectra Covid-19 update

TNB Online Groups

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Spectra’s All groups are online to keep you informed, safe, supported and connected.

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Transgender online group

August 6 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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Non-binary online group

August 11 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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Transgender online group

August 13 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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Groups for people of trans experience, non-binary and questioning individuals

TNB Online Groups

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:

  1. Non-Binary group, for people self identified as non-binary only. This group is running every other week, starting 1st April 2020, 17:30-19:30.
  2. A general trans group, and all for trans, non-binary and questioning people. This group runs every Friday, starting 3rd April 2020, 17:30-19:30.

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.

Coming Up

Group Rules &Application

Online Social Group Ground rules (07/2021)

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.

Group Agreement

Inclusivity

The non-binary and transgender groups are open to all those on the trans spectrum including those who are questioning their gender identity.

We do not tolerate racism, transphobia, homophobia, xenophobia, ableism, misogyny, sexism or gender policing.

We are a social group not a support or therapy group.

We have a zero tolerance policy on aggression or abuse shown to our facilitators or group members.

Confidentiality

We ask that everything said and heard in the group is kept confidential, as such we ask that there is no filming or taking photos in the group. The chat is set to disappear after the group to ensure this is a safe space.

Alcohol and other drugs

We ask that you have not been drinking alcohol prior to or during the group and that you are not under the influence of non-prescription drugs.

Clothing and attire

We ask that you are suitably attired.

Respect

The group is a safe place to share feelings, and to obtain and provide support, information, reassurance and encouragement.
Please be respectful of cultural differences.

Please add trigger warnings for sensitive topics raised and leave enough space for people to mute the group or step away if they wish. Please do not raise sensitive topics in the chat.

Several issues will contain trigger warnings, and as such not all topics can be discussed, if in doubt please check with a facilitator or moderator privately before sharing.

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.

Silence is acceptable. No one needs to say anything they does not wish to say. The group is supportive rather than judgmental.

Taking turns

We will ask you to raise your hand either physically, virtually or message in the chat if you want to speak so that we can enable everyone who wants to talk on a topic to do so.

Interruption

Turn mobile phones to silent. If you need to take a call, please do so outside of the group.

You are able to eat in the group but please stop your camera whilst you’re eating.

If you raise your voice or shout at others during the group, you will be muted.

Feedback

If something makes you feel uncomfortable please let one of the facilitators know.

If there is a problem or argument, do not join the argument, flag this to a facilitator and let them sort it out.

Any feedback good or bad please let us know either in the group or email us.

Apply for Spectra group membership

By clicking the button(s) above, you agree that you have read our privacy policy and agree with our group rules.

 

If you have any questions or would like to have further discussions around your access needs prior to joining the group, please email us at Trans@spectra-london.org.uk.

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