My favourite thing about working for The Clare Project is that it is trans/TNBI community-led, for the community itself. I am proud of the authenticity and diversity of our work, and how we continue to support, empower and elevate the voices of those in our community.
Outside of work I enjoy cooking (and eating), running and hiking, watching too many documentaries, and hanging out with my dogs, Charlie & Luna.
Dislikes – Having my photo taken (which is why you can see more of my dog in this one) People littering. Plastic in wildlife’s diets (see previous for cause) Fascists and Transphobia.
I fell in love with The Clare Project a couple of years ago and now help to facilitate the drop-in. It’s an amazing place to come and make new friends, or just chill out and refresh 🥤We also help to signpost if someone is struggling. It is invaluable and has helped so many over the years. I work with a lovely bunch of people and service users. It has also helped me slowly overcome my own anxieties 😊
I became a Facilitator for the Tuesday Drop-in around December 2015, after coming to The Clare Project myself for over a year. I love meeting new people and hearing their experiences, offering support and guidance where I can. Its also lovely hearing appreciation for what we do.
When not facilitating, I like to hang out at the Marlborough Pub & Theatre, going to our monthly Meet & Eat, and collecting records/vinyl. Although I recently became blind, I love going out and about, listening to films and television (especially the music), and making new friends.
I am in to everything outdoors, in love with Wales and Shel Silverstein.
I have a son, Theo, who I gave birth to in early 2017, 2 spaniels and 2 rabbits!
I’m involved in facilitating the new TNB Hastings group and committed to making a difference in our community no matter how small.
One of my favourite quotes – “No matter how long the night, the dawn will always break”
TNBI Services Development Worker
I started doing freelance work for The Clare Project in March 2020 and was very pleased to accept a permanent contract in September 2020 delivering training, developing information booklets and doing group facilitation. I previously worked in healthcare, in the last two years focussing on supporting people with mental health problems within the NHS and the charity sector. Outside of work I enjoy running Queer Basketball, playing the guitar and endlessly throwing tennis balls for my dog, Poppy.
The reason I am excited about working for The Clare Project is that it prides itself on being led by and for the TNBI community – and it really is! I am also really enjoying working specifically alongside and supporting other members of my community. Coming out as non-binary two years ago was a massive step for me, and the beautiful TNBI people I have met on my journey so far have been inspirational. I look forward to meeting many more of you over the coming months!
I am a proud vegan of 30 years and have worked on social justice issues since rocking up to Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp back in the 1980s. I am also a child of the Windrush, my claim to fame being that my dad was on the maiden voyage of the Windrush and can be seen on old BBC newsreel!
I love yoga, mindfulness, walking, reading, sunshine, peace and my little tortoise companion, Floyd.
Dr Sam Hall
Chair of Trustees
Andie is currently a technical author and has worked in IT, engineering and social research organisations. She began involvement with The Clare Project in 2011 and blogged the experience of transition extensively. She has lived in Sussex for over 25 years and in Brighton and Hove since 2013. For a number of years she was a school governor and chair of governors in Worthing, where she brought up her family.
A keen amateur musician, Andie has played trumpet in many local wind bands. She is also a creative writer and has performed her poetry in a number of venues. A background in social activism only added to a willingness to speak out in public on issues close to her heart, and for inclusion and equality.
Martine has been a Trustee for The Clare Project for a few years, and often focuses on the finances and sustainability of the organisation. Outside of this role, Martine spends much of her time residing in France with her husband. She is also on the board for a couple of other charities, and is a passionate photographer.