This consultation was commissioned by the Community Action element of the
Ageing Better Middlesbrough programme. It was initiated when the Community Action Officer, John Atkinson, met Ellie Lowther from Trans Aware by a chance meeting at Stockton Soup – a community ‘dragon’s den’ event that takes place in Stockton and Middlesbrough each month.
In January 2017 a Public consultation period was opened using the following standard questions and statement to better understand the needs of Transgender & Non-Binary identifying people in Middlesbrough area:
Here are the list of recommendations, email us for the full report:
Stockton on Tees
TRANS AWARE – RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CHANGE
Lower to higher educational schools. Eg: from junior schools through to university.
Staff training for teachers/assistant teachers, office/admin/reception, catering/cleaners, pta/governors, students.
Clubs or safe space for Trans/non binary students.
Trans/non binary diversity policies.
Gender neutral toilets made available.
FAITH AND COMMUNITY:
Awareness/acceptance training in local communities.
Awareness training for local street wardens, police support officers.
Local councillors promote education for their constituents.
Awareness training delivered to all stores with in centres/towns.
Large retail shops eg: Tesco, Aldi etc.
Support for applying for work specific to Trans/non binary.
Help with CVs.
FRONT LINE STAFF:
Phone services, call centres, customer services, all could benefit from awareness training, especially over the phone services. Eg: police, banks.
HR awareness training.
Trans/non binary policies.
Trans/non binary hate crime made aware to all staff members.
Gender neutral toilets made available in public areas.
LOCAL SUPPORT GROUPS/EVENTS:
Family support groups.
Trans/non binary support groups for adults.
Events: Drop in, coffee mornings, meet and greet.
Awareness training for GPs across the area.
Awareness training for CAMHS in – Middlesbrough, Stockton-on-tees, Redcar and Cleveland and Hartlepool.
Awareness for social workers and disability social workers.
GPs understanding their responsibility to refer people to the Tavistock, gender clinics.
Have Trans/non binary representatives invited to NHS working groups across the South Tees area.
Possible GIC added to James Cook Hospital.
All services within NHS should have Trans/non binary training, eg: nurses, physiotherapist etc.
Trans Aware would like to thank the Ageing Better team in Middlesbrough for enabling this important work. We are very happy to interact with future projects for the common good in our area. Currently delivering Awareness Training for the National Citizen Service and booked in to deliver training for Cleveland Police.
We have also helped work on a Trans inclusion framework policy for schools though elderly care seems to be lacking in this respect. This is an issue that needs to be addressed as the consultation period flags up the need for more awareness across the board.
Please contact me if you wish to discuss further.
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