Supporting trans, non-binary and intersex adults in Sussex

The Clare Project began in 2000 when a group of trans women started meeting in the back room of a hairdressing salon to discuss issues affecting their local community. We are now a registered charity run by and for trans, non-binary, gender-variant and gender-questioning people in Brighton & Hove, West Sussex and East Sussex. We run psychosocial support groups, information sessions, workshops and excursions, as well as providing information and training for individuals and organisations on community needs, and connecting people to affirmative peer support, psychotherapy and healthcare. We also offer some support and advocacy for people who are intersex / have variations in their biological sex characteristics.

Latest News

We Are Recruiting – Trustees

Location: England, Sussex-based offices if desired. Type: Volunteer (expenses covered and optional access bursary) Time Commitment: Approximately 2-4 hours per week, including online bi-monthly board meetings on the first Monday evening of alternate months....

Help prevent further avoidable death by suicide

The Clare Project has been granted “interested person” status in the inquest of Matty Sheldrick, who died in November 2022. Alongside Matty’s family and friends, The Clare Project’s team made relentless efforts to get Matty the help they needed. Despite this, Matty...

Statement on LGBTQ+ Mental Health Charity MindOut

Content note: ableism, transphobia, discrimination, abuse. Please see end of article for support references and content summary. Over the past 18 months we have been made aware of escalating issues regarding discrimination and community safety in local LGBTQ+ charity...

Events in April 2024

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April 1, 2024
April 2, 2024(2 events)

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Dorset Gardens Methodist Church, Brighton

The Clare Project Tuesday drop-in is a weekly space where trans, non-binary, intersex, gender-variant and gender-questioning people can come along to connect with each other, chat and find out more about local support services. You do not need to inform us before coming along, but if you are feeling nervous, please do feel free to get in touch with us and we can arrange for you to meet with a facilitator beforehand who will introduce you to the space and answer your questions.

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7:15 pm - 9:00 pm

The Clare Project Meet & Eat is a monthly opportunity for trans, non-binary, intersex, gender-variant and gender-questioning people to go out to a chosen pub or restaurant and have a meal together. All of the places we visit have gluten-free and vegan options and are reasonably priced (approx. £10 for a main meal). They are all wheelchair accessible and in central Brighton close to transport links and have a gender-neutral toilet (sometimes this is the disabled toilet). You are welcome to bring a PA, friend or family member with you.

Meet & Eat happens directly after the Tuesday Drop-in.

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April 3, 2024
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April 7, 2024
April 8, 2024(1 event)

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Online

The Online Socials run twice a month and are spaces where trans, non-binary, intersex, gender-variant and gender-questioning people can come along to connect with each other, chat and find out more about local support services. These events give people who cannot attend our in-person activities, because of geographical distance, financial issues, disability, or anxiety, the chance to meet and socialise with our community. They also run in the evening, giving people who work 9-5 the opportunity to join us more easily. You do not need to inform us before coming along, but if you are feeling nervous, please do feel free to get in touch with us and we can arrange for you to meet with a facilitator beforehand who answer your questions.

To get the Zoom links to our online events, please join our mailing list.

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April 9, 2024(1 event)

2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Dorset Gardens Methodist Church, Brighton

The Clare Project Tuesday drop-in is a weekly space where trans, non-binary, intersex, gender-variant and gender-questioning people can come along to connect with each other, chat and find out more about local support services. You do not need to inform us before coming along, but if you are feeling nervous, please do feel free to get in touch with us and we can arrange for you to meet with a facilitator beforehand who will introduce you to the space and answer your questions.

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April 15, 2024(2 events)

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
The Ledward Centre, 14a Jubilee St, Brighton BN1 1GE

The Clare Project Neurodivergent drop-in is a monthly space where people who are autistic/neurodivergent and also trans, nonbinary, intersex, gender-variant or gender-questioning can come along to connect with each other, chat and find out more about local support services. You do not need to inform us before coming along, but if you are feeling nervous, please do feel free to get in touch with us and we can arrange for you to meet with a facilitator beforehand who will introduce you to the space and answer your questions. The group is run by facilitators who are trans/nonbinary and autistic/neurodivergent.

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4:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Group Nourish offers a chance for culinary creativity, cooking skills-shares and having tasty meals with other community members, with the added nourishment an after-meal circle of connection led by our transgender psychotherapist, Serge Nicholson.

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April 16, 2024(1 event)

2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Dorset Gardens Methodist Church, Brighton

The Clare Project Tuesday drop-in is a weekly space where trans, non-binary, intersex, gender-variant and gender-questioning people can come along to connect with each other, chat and find out more about local support services. You do not need to inform us before coming along, but if you are feeling nervous, please do feel free to get in touch with us and we can arrange for you to meet with a facilitator beforehand who will introduce you to the space and answer your questions.

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April 17, 2024
April 18, 2024(1 event)

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Alcampo Lounge, 84-86 London Rd, Brighton BN1 4JF

Drop-in group for trans, non-binary, intersex, gender-variant and questioning people aged 50 and above to connect with each other, chat and receive support.

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April 19, 2024
April 20, 2024
April 21, 2024
April 22, 2024(1 event)

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Online

The Online Socials run twice a month and are spaces where trans, non-binary, intersex, gender-variant and gender-questioning people can come along to connect with each other, chat and find out more about local support services. These events give people who cannot attend our in-person activities, because of geographical distance, financial issues, disability, or anxiety, the chance to meet and socialise with our community. They also run in the evening, giving people who work 9-5 the opportunity to join us more easily. You do not need to inform us before coming along, but if you are feeling nervous, please do feel free to get in touch with us and we can arrange for you to meet with a facilitator beforehand who answer your questions.

To get the Zoom links to our online events, please join our mailing list.

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April 23, 2024(1 event)

2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Dorset Gardens Methodist Church, Brighton

The Clare Project Tuesday drop-in is a weekly space where trans, non-binary, intersex, gender-variant and gender-questioning people can come along to connect with each other, chat and find out more about local support services. You do not need to inform us before coming along, but if you are feeling nervous, please do feel free to get in touch with us and we can arrange for you to meet with a facilitator beforehand who will introduce you to the space and answer your questions.

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April 24, 2024
April 25, 2024(1 event)

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Cafe Paradiso, 45 North St, Chichester PO19 1NF

A drop-in safe space for transgender, non-binary and intersex people in West Sussex to meet each other and chat with our facilitators. There will be complimentary drinks and snacks, as well as board games!

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April 26, 2024
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April 29, 2024
April 30, 2024(1 event)

2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Dorset Gardens Methodist Church, Brighton

The Clare Project Tuesday drop-in is a weekly space where trans, non-binary, intersex, gender-variant and gender-questioning people can come along to connect with each other, chat and find out more about local support services. You do not need to inform us before coming along, but if you are feeling nervous, please do feel free to get in touch with us and we can arrange for you to meet with a facilitator beforehand who will introduce you to the space and answer your questions.

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