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Starting Tuesday 30th October in Exeter

Are you over 18 years old and do you identify as LGBT+?

Do you want to explore new ways of improving your emotional wellbeing?

Want to learn ways to be kinder to yourself? Are you interested in meeting others in a similar position to you?

If so, Intercom Trust’s new Kind Mind Group may be for you. Spaces are going fast so don't miss out, contact us today

What is the Kind Mind Group about?

The Kind Mind Group is a 6 week course for people who identify as LGBT+ who are experiencing difficulties with their emotional wellbeing and/or mental health but not at a point of crisis. The group is based on the principles of compassion focused therapy, an approach that encourages us to respond to our own distress with understanding and kindness. The approach is particularly helpful for people who criticise themselves at times of distress, experience low mood, anxiety, shame and other confused feelings about their LGBT+ identity.

If you’re interested in attending please call 0800 612 3010 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ask your support worker (if you have one) to contact us as soon as possible.


The charity Mermaids have created a guide in collaboration with ourselves (as well as LGBT Consortium, LGBT Foundation, Gendered Intelligence, GIRES & LGBT Partnership) to help people respond to the Government’s Gender Recognition Act 2004 Consultation for England and Wales that went live on 3rd July 2018.

The Consultation asks the public to give their opinion on what the procedure should look like for someone applying for legal gender recognition in future. This Guidance does not tell you exactly what to say; and like Mermaids, we believe that YOUR story, thoughts and experiences are the most powerful and we want you to complete the consultation in your words.

You can download a pdf of the Guidelines below:


We are delighted with the video for the 'Lost in Transition' conference that we held in July. To take a look, click here

Thank you to everyone that came along and especially those that contributed.

And a massive thank you to Tom Turner for taking the time to do such a brilliant job filming it for us.


Do you need clarity around LGBT+ issues?

Our 3 hour CPD Accredited LGBT+ awareness session is priced at £48.50 per person.

This training is being held in Exeter and is a fantastic opportunity to explore, learn and ask any questions you may have in a safe and non-judjmental space.

For more information, click here

There are a limited number of places available, so book quickly!


Are you LGBT+ and you live/work in Dorset? Have you experienced any form of homophobia, transphobia or bi-phobia?

Please tell us what happened. Did you report it? If not, why didn't you feel able to? Sharing your experiences will help to ensure that no one can ignore what's really going on out there.

Take part in our short 'Enough is Enough' Hate Crime survey - it only takes a few minutes to complete: 'Enough is Enough' Hate Crime Survey


LGBT Survey and Action Plan

Date added: 3 July 2018

We will be at 10 Downing Street today to talk about the LGBT Action Plan, which has been published as a result of the LGBT Survey that was recently completed by 108,100 LGBT+ people between July and October 2017.

In response to the survey, the government has produced a 75-point plan to improve the lives of LGBT+ people.

You can find the result to the LGBT Survey here: www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-lgbt-survey-summary-report


We're on Instagram

Date added: 25 June 2018

You can now keep even more up to date with everything we do, by following us on Instagram

You'll find us at: https://www.instagram.com/intercomtrust/


Intercom Trust complies with the Data Protection Act (2017) and the new EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) that come in to force on 25th May 2018. We have updated our website to inform service users and stakeholders about how we keep personal information and individual’s rights about this. This Privacy Policy can be viewed on our website

We will be continuing to improve our policies and procedures so will from time to time update this page.

If there are any queries please contact Max Cohen, Intercom Trust’s Data Protection Officer.


On Wednesday 18th July 2018, Intercom is running a conference in Plymouth on the needs of transgender and gender variant children and young people, and their families, schools, etc. To find out more about the conference and to register, see below.

What's it about?

Following our first four “Lost in Transition?” conferences in Cornwall & Devon, which generated enormous interest and outstandingly positive feedback, we are hosting another Gender Identity Conference in Plymouth, where increasing numbers of young people are presenting as Transgender or Gender Variant.

Resources for schools

We will also showcase our Schools Transgender Guidance, and our guidance for Setting up an LGBTQI+ / Straight Allies Group in your Educational Establishment. These two documents are free resources for educators from The Intercom Trust in partnership with our public-sector stakeholders.

Details

With help from Plymouth City Council, the conference is open to all our professional colleagues in schools & education, the NHS, social workers, community safety & police, family support workers, etc. Places are limited and advance booking is estential.

To register your interest and receive a booking form for the Conference please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and put 'Lost in Transition' in the subject line. The cost is £60 per delegate (discount for group of 5+).


An exciting opportunity has arisen ... ... to join our team as a full-time Devon Community Support and Advocacy Worker - 35 hours per week

Are you professional, well-informed on LGBT+ issues, good at working as part of a team as well as on your own initiative and have access to a vehicle in order to carry out the role across Devon? Excellent communication skills are a must for this, at times, challenging post.

Interested? Download the full job-description & person-specification, and the application-form.

Deadline for applications is noon on Monday 4th June 2018. Interviews will be held on Wednesday 13th June 2018.


Cleaner needed

Date added: 3 April 2018

We need an experienced self-employed cleaner at our Exeter office. Are you available for 2 hours on a Tuesday or Wednesday daytime? Hourly rate £10ph. If you're interested, email us with details of your cleaning experience by noon on Friday 13th April. Our email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


An exciting opportunity has arisen ...

... to join our Help Support and Advocacy team in our Exeter office - 14 hours per week (9am-4pm Monday, Tuesday or Friday).

Are you professional, well-informed on LGBT+ issues, good at working as part of a team as well as on your own initiative? Excellent communication skills are a must for this, at times, challenging post.

Interested? Download the full job-description and person-specification, and the application-form.

Deadline for applications is noon on Tuesday 3rd April 2018. Interviews will be held on Tuesday 10th April 2018.

 


Kind Mind Group - starting 1st May 2018

Date added: 27 February 2018

We're holding a Kind Mind (compassionate mindfulness) taster session on Monday, 12th March, 2018 16.30- 18.30 in Exeter facilitated by Max, from Intercom’s Help, Support and Advocacy Team, and Semanthi, Trainee Clinical Psychologist from Plymouth University.

This session will give you an overview of the 6-week course being held on Tuesdays starting on 1st May 2018 and you’ll get the chance to see if it’s right for you and if so, sign up to start on the 6-week course (either the one starting in May 2018 or at a later date).

If you’re interested in attending either the taster session or the next course please call 0800 612 3010 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible.


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