Public Consultation

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:

 

Ellie Lowther

Trans Aware

Gloucester House

Stockton on Tees

TS18 1TW

01642 221107

ellie@transaware.org.uk

TRANS AWARE – RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CHANGE

 

EDUCATION:

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.

 

COMMUNITY GROUPS:

Awareness/acceptance training in local communities.

 

PUBLIC SECTOR:

Awareness training for local street wardens, police support officers.

Local councillors promote education for their constituents.

Security guards.

 

SHOPPING CENTERS:

Awareness training delivered to all stores with in centres/towns.

Large retail shops eg: Tesco, Aldi etc.

 

EMPLOYMENT:

Support for applying for work specific to Trans/non binary.

Help with CVs.

Interview training.

Confidence building.

 

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.

 

WORK PLACE:

Trans/non binary policies.

Neutral toilets.

Trans/non binary hate crime made aware to all staff members.

 

TOILETS:

Gender neutral toilets made available in public areas.

 

LOCAL SUPPORT GROUPS/EVENTS:

Youth groups.

Family support groups.

Trans/non binary support groups for adults.

Events: Drop in, coffee mornings, meet and greet.

More advertising.

 

NHS:

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.

 

Kind regards

 

Ellie Lowther

Trans Aware

 

07484190950

Suite 9 Gloucester House 72

Church Road Stockton On Tees TS18 1TW

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