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TG PALS

26, TUFTON STREET,

ASHFORD,

KENT.

TN23 1BS

 

Telephone : 01233 623556.

 

Our premises are located in the town centre, opposite the post office (at the side entrance of County Square shopping centre).

 

The new space houses the majority of our services :

  • Counselling
  • Law Clinic (in partnership with TG Law)
  • Coaching
  • Peer Mentoring & Advocacy
  • Partners & Family Members Support Group
  • Youth Forum
  • Training
  • Post Op buddies
  • Holistic therapy including electrolysis.

 

We also have room hire available for meetings for a donation :

 

One to one meeting room available Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays. 10.00 - 14.00 (hourly).

 

Large meeting room, seats 12, with breakaway area seating 6.

 

Tea & coffee making facilities available. Wifi.

 

Booking via email  info@tgpals.org

 

 

 

Congratulations to our Ambassador and Volunteer Kellie Maloney on the release of her new book!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transgender artist Remy has an exhibition of works in our building. Open viewing by arrangement with TG PALS.

 

 

 

EXCITING NEWS!  NEW LAW ADVICE CLINIC

 

We are very pleased to say that our partnership with TG LAW is working well and providing a safe environment for transgender people and their families to receive advice and signposting on any legal matter.  We now bring you a free weekly legal advice clinic with appointments available to book on Thursdays between 5.00 - 7.00 p.m.

 

You are welcome to contact us as of now with your legal issues, concerns or questions via email to info@tgpals.org marked LAW CLINIC or via our contact form. 

 

The Law Clinic will be able to offer advice and signposting for issues such as family, employment, housing and discrimination (among others) as well as advise on matters pertaining to transphobic hate crime and incidents. It will also act as a third-party reporting agency to Kent Police for any transphobic crimes or incidents that a trans person or family member does not feel able to report directly.

 

Free change of name deeds are also available and can be witnessed.

 

Please feel to contact us. All enquiries will remain confidential. THIS SERVICE IS FREE but any donations will be gratefully accepted.

 

 

COUNSELLING SERVICE FOR TRANSGENDER PEOPLE AND THEIR FAMILIES

 

We are currently offering a counselling service in partnership with Canterbury College. Student counsellors at the final stage of training before qualifying and who are fully supervised through the college are offering sessions to trans people or family members. Counsellors are student members of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy and abide by the BACP Code of Practice.

 

This is a generic counselling service to provide for a range of issues but has the added benefit of those providing the counselling having been educated and informed about the life isssues commonly faced by trans people. We have had very good feedback about this service to date.

 

Please feel free to contact us for further information or to book an appointment. Appointments available on Tuesdays and Thursdays. All enquiries are confidential.

 

THIS SERVICE IS FREE but any donations are gratefully accepted.

Welcome to TG PALS! 'Working together across the transgender spectrum.'

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Who are we?

 

We are a not-for-profit company, limited by guarantee, based in Kent and the South East.  We offer social and emotional support services for trans men, trans women - anyone who identifies as trans - and their families.

 

We are beneficiary led, being wholly run by and for trans people and those significant to them, having been set up after discovering that no service like this existed for people like us in Kent. We are currently finding that the need for services that support trans people and their families is increasing.

 

Browse this website to find out more about our organisation, its aims and how it may help you or someone you know.

 

We are always open to feedback and suggestions about any of our services and welcome comments from all people, including our stakeholders, via our contact form.

 

Learn much more about us...

 

 

 

DO YOU, OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW, HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR GENDER IDENTITY?

WOULD IT HELP YOU TO DISCUSS THIS WITH SOMEONE IN A SAFE ENVIRONMENT?

 

TG PALS are currently supporting many people who do not identify with their assigned gender, who choose or need to express themselves outside of the gender binary of male and female. We support anyone who identifies as 'trans' and uphold the principles of a gender spectrum encompassing myriad expressions of gender identity,individual to each person.

 

We also support people who are related to or in a relationship with a trans person. When a loved one comes out as 'trans' this can evoke extreme feelings of concern-for their safety, peace of mind, for the relationship and particularly for partners, a sense of confusion surrounding their own identity and often, feelings of loss of the loved one they knew. It can be hard to face when the one you love and the one you lose are one and the same. We support partners through the process of coming to terms with the changes in relationships that a loved ones transition can bring and through what is effectively a 'coming out' process of their own.

 

For trans people many life situations can be fearful and distressing, with feelings running high and a fear of rejection or negativity, often sadly backed up by experience. It can be a very emotional time 'coming out' as trans and continuing to live life with a lack of understanding, acceptance or even tolerance. Sadly, discrimination and prejudice are common.

 

We offer social and emotional support services to trans people to help them make friends, build social networks and be supported to engage in the daily activities of life.

We support the partners, friends, colleagues and family members of trans people to increase understanding and awareness of what being 'trans' means in real terms. We wholly support helping people to achieve honest relationships and keep families cohesive.

 

We advocate on behalf of trans people who are absent parents and wish to re-establish contact with their children and work with schools supporting young trans people or the children of trans people.

 

TG PALS is unique in the range of services it offers in Kent and beyond and will consider any request for support from any area outside of Kent if we can be of service.

 

 

Our services include:



Heather

TG PALS at Sparkle

 

Heather and a group of friends from Drab & Dress Support Group all travelled up from Kent to Sparkle in Manchester. 

 

We met up for a Guiness World Record-breaking time in the park, had fun watching our friend Leah performing, wandered around the stands, cheered Liz and Sophie in Miss Sparkle and then celebrated by dancing in and around Canal Street. 

 

We hope to be up there again next year and are looking to arrange a fundraising gathering one night so keep your eyes open for any updates on this.

Thanks!

 

Support for our organisation is growing along with the demand and we find ourselves facing a wonderful opportunity to bring a brighter, more supportive future to many more trans people and their families.

 

We offer our sincere thanks for the kind and generous donations from organisations and individuals that help us to continue providing much needed support.



We cannot speak highly enough of our volunteers.  Our entire team are volunteers and show amazing courage and commitment, facing the public and sharing their own life stories in the hope that attitudes to trans people will become more tolerant and accepting. We are very fortunate to have volunteers with varied and valuable skills but we are always looking for more so please contact us if you would like to a part of an organisation that truly values people.

 

WE BELIEVE ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE !

 

Our vision is to open a 'one stop shop' for services for trans people and their families, located in and working with local communities and in partnership with other agencies to provide holistic care, support and guidance.

 

Can you help? We welcome all levels of skill and ability and believe everyone has something to offer

 

Heather and the Team.

 

 

EXCITING NEWS!          STOP PRESS....STOP PRESS....STOP PRESS.....GREAT HEALTH NEWS!

 

TG PALS have been in discussion with our local NHS Sexual Health Outreach team and we are delighted to announce that a sexual health outreach service consisting of diagnostic blood tests, Hep B vaccinations, sexual health advice and other treatments currently under discussion will be offered at the same time as our peer support groups once a month commencing in May 2014.

 

Clinics will be held on the 1st Wednesday of every month at the venue for our Drab & Dress TG Peer Support Group meeetings are held.  The clinics will remain confidential and can be attended without coming to the support group.



This is excellent news and will bring sexual healthcare to trans people in a safe setting which by its nature is accessible to trans people without the often associated fear of presenting in public . There is no requirement to attend our groups or services. Any trans person or partner of a trans person may attend this specialist service. 

 

PLEASE SUPPORT THIS HEALTH PROMOTION AND TREATMENT INITIATIVE AND LOOK AFTER YOUR SEXUAL HEALTH!



TG PALS are an Associate Members of the East Kent Carers Consortium!  We have been engaged to provide trans awareness workshops to Carers' Support staff.  Read more...

 

NEWS FROM OUR PARTNERSHIP WORKING....

UPDATE ON OUR PARTNERSHIP WORKING WITH KENT POLICE...

 

TG PALS is a Diversity Training Placement for police officers in Kent. We welcomed our first officer in April 2013 and this was a successful learning experience for both agencies. Links have been made which have enhanced the confidence and trust in our police force as an organisation that listens to and respects the views of trans people in our area.

 

We look forward to continuing to offer placements to both student officers newly in training and to officers of many years standing undertaking the core leadership programme and thank Kent Police Diversity Training management for the foresight to engage with what remains a vulnerable and minority group. This is proving to be an excellent and productive working partnership!

 

We continue to have strong links and clear communication with our Community Liason Officers. This has positively impacted on the reporting of transphobic hate crimes and incidents, along with increased feelings of safer communities through having a known officer to contact. 



 

We attended the Kent Police LGB&T History Day event.  Read more...



 

 

OUR THANKS FOR SOME GENEROUS FUNDING SUPPORT!

 

We also thank Kent Police for their very generous donation from the Chief Constable's Property Fund and an equally generous donation from the Kent Gay Police Association as we were one of the recipients of their fundraising Charity Ball.  This all goes towards maintaining our peer mentoring services.

 

Every penny makes a difference and these donations are very much appreciated!

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Events

Drab and Dress update 2014.

 

Next Drab & Dress meetings - Wednesday 4th February 2015.

                                             Tuesday 17th November 2015

                                             Wednesday 4th March 2015

                                             Tuesday 17th March 2015

 

Read more about the Drab & Dress...  and also see the events calendar

 

Drab and Dress information and detailed directions
Update - 23.05.13.pdf
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