Page created: July 2020
Last updated: March 2021
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - CHANGES TO ONLINE YOUTH GROUPS AND 1-2-1 SUPPORT AT GENDERED INTELLIGENCE
What we’re doing
We have learnt a lot more about technology and online platforms in the past 2 months… We’ve been developing ways to use online spaces safely and appropriately to enable us to do our youth work, reach out to young trans people across the UK and attempt to come together as a community. Having tried out Habbo Hotel, Zoom, Discord and Google Hangouts we are mostly settled on Zoom at the moment and are using functions like the doorbell, waiting room, breakout rooms, and controlled messaging (either everyone or only hosts – who are GI youth workers) to keep everyone safe and ensure great youth work practice.
We hope as many of you as possible can access our online youth groups, if you are struggling at all, please email us to ask for support. It could be that you can’t use zoom on your device, or another problem, we’re here to help. If you can’t join us on online group spaces for whatever reasons, our lead youth workers will make time to call you and check in. Either way, please email us, keep an eye on our social media pages and our website to find out more.
How to join a GI trans, non-binary or questioning online youth group space
What will happen next?
Then what? The lead youth worker will then send you and email with a link to the online space.
These are trying times, but as trans people our community is familiar with overcoming challenges and we will adapt. If you're a young trans person, please know that we have no intentions of leaving you to face the times ahead without support - we will continue to support you for as long as we can. If you're worried about how things are, or concerned about your well-being or safety if you need to isolate, let us know and we will do what we can to support you.
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Contact the Youth Service
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject ‘ONLINE YOUTH GROUPS’. Include your name, age, whereabouts you live in the country and if you are ok with being phone by a GI youth worker to first of all check-in and find out your needs for being involved, include your mobile number. You don’t have to send any details at first if you just want to ask us a question.
Should you need more urgent emotional support, please contact:
Childline 0800 1111
Samaritans: 08457 90 90 90
Youth Groups for Young Trans and Gender Variant People
Young trans people aged 11 or over are welcome to attend our Under 16 group in London and our Saturday sessions in London. If you are at Primary school, or aged between 8 – 11, you can attend our special under 12s group with a parent/ carer. At the moment, our groups in Leeds are open for young people aged 13-20. If you are a young trans person under the age of 13 or over 20 in these areas, and would like some support, please [get in touch](/contact/email).
No matter how you identify, Gendered Intelligence's trans youth groups are open to all young trans people - whether you're brand new to identifying as trans, still questioning your identity, worrying about whether you are trans or not, or if you consider yourself to be post-transition or as having a trans history. We strive to be fully inclusive of individuals who identify as non-binary / other, as well as male or female.
There is no fee to access our youth group, and we can reimburse travel for at least £7 per person at every session if the cost of travel would prevent you from getting to the groups.
At the youth groups you can:
- Meet other young trans, transgender, non-binary or gender questioning people, socialise, make friends, have fun and get some support
- Find out information about coming out / disclosing, transitioning, your rights as a trans child, teenager or young adult, how to negotiate life post-transition, and more
- Have a safe and supportive space to explore your gender identity if you're questioning, be yourself if you're not out, or have an opportunity to chat about trans stuff if you're stealth.
Check out the working agreement for our Youth Groups
Find out more about each group
LONDON - SPECIAL GROUPS
- Supportive social group for 18-30 Year Olds in London
- Community Saturdays for 11-25 year olds & Parents, Carers and Siblings
- GI Camping 2020 - cancelled
- Youth Board
- GI Swimming Group for 8-25s
Want to come along?
Our parents' meeting also takes place on the last Saturday of the month. Find out more
You don't need to be a member to attend the GI youth group, but young people who attend our events more than once are asked to become members of Gendered Intelligence youth. This helps us keep you up-to-date with what we're doing, and means you receive priority when applying to attend our arts projects and special trips. It also lets us build a picture of the needs and backgrounds of young people who come to Gendered Intelligence, which helps us make our service more inclusive and accessible for all.