The group started in 2015 with huge thanks to Deacon Joy Everingham, who set up the group and created a safe space for us to meet and discuss our issues. She would tell you that she just turned up, and it was everyone in the group who brought their magic and made it special.
In truth, she put a huge amount of effort into getting everything started, and we are honoured to keep it going and to help more people flourish. The Methodist Church have played a pivotal role in helping the community and getting us started. They are registered members of the Inclusive Church network.
She is no longer in Canterbury, but is welcome back with open arms whenever she's in the area.
Who We Are
Gwen (She / her) joined the group in 2018, full of anxiety and questions at the start of her own journey. She found an indispensable resource full of good advice, words of wisdom and caution, experience, and friendship.
She came out to family in 2019, then friends, then work colleagues. At each step, the support group were there for her, giving her strength and confidence. Over lockdown in 2020, Gwen started to get more involved, helping to host zoom meetings while we couldn't meet in person.
From then, with groups meeting in person again and Joy having to move away, Gwen has taken on the co-running of the group, setting up social media and this web site. She always tries to make time to listen and support everyone in the group.
Haley joined the group in 2018, and has flourished with the group.
"It has been a wonderful place to find out about what options are out here for trans folks to make a successful of their transition, what ever that means for them."
Leanne brings an unmatched sensitivity and kindness to the group. One of the OG members of the group, she returned after a couple of years away, finding the support of the group to be an invaluable emotional help.
Leanne is involved with a variety of issues in relation to transgender rights and her working life brings her into contact with with social workers, mental health services, and lawyers to raise awareness and inform practice.
Aims and Objectives
We aim to connect members of the LGBTQIA community through bi-monthly face to face meetings and digital channels. We are also keen to connect with other communities across Kent and the UK, to share resources and help each other.
One of our objectives is the promotion of good mental health for all our members.