I was delighted to join The Clare Project in November 2018 after graduating from the University of Sussex, and then spending a few years working in business/charity development. My role focusses on overseeing our services across Sussex, alongside continuing the growth, development and sustainability of the charity. Outside of the office and in support of our work, I am currently the trans/TNBI Council Rep for Brighton & Hove Community Works, Chair the Brighton & Hove City Council Trans Equip Sub-Group, and sit on various statutory service steering groups concerning our communities’ health and well-being.
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 across the downs with my dog Charlie.
I was introduced to The Clare Project in the summer of 2017, when I was enlisted to help with the bookkeeping. After going in at the same time as the Tuesday drop in, it wasn’t long before I realised how amazing this little treasure is. A lifeline to many community members who were maybe isolated, or who just needed a cuppa and a friendly face. Uniquely run by community members too. This made it easy for me to agree to help as a co facilitator, which was also a really good opportunity for me to reintegrate and get back into work after many years of anxiety and depression. TCP is a fantastic place that gives community members support and opportunities. I still do the bookkeeping and help to facilitate both online and in person groups. Both are getting busier, with a lovely expanding staff team to offer support and training too. A lovely place to work and to hang out and I can even take my dog along if I need to 🐾 🙂
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. From December 2021 I further took on the role of Service Co-ordinator and now manage the delivery of our core services, as well as providing 1:1 mental health and gender-related support to community members, and continuing to deliver TNBI Community Awareness Training and consultancy.
Prior to the Clare Project I worked in healthcare, focussing on supporting people with mental health problems within the NHS and the charity sector. Outside of work I enjoy running a queer Basketball group, playing the guitar and endlessly throwing tennis balls for my dog, Poppy.
The reason I love working for The Clare Project is that it prides itself on being led by and for the TNBI community – and it really is! I really enjoy working specifically alongside and supporting other members of my community.
Hi! My name is Victoria, or Tori for short. I have worked in the trans healthcare and wellbeing sector for the past three years and am always striving to help out within the trans and non binary community wherever I can or needed. In a previous life I was a journalist and games developer but now spend my days mostly collecting vintage 8-track cassettes and embroidering poorly but enthusiastically! I love meeting new people, sharing stories and creating anything at all. I am inspired by my surroundings (I love being by the sea!) and those I meet every single day. I am thrilled to have joined the team here at The Clare Project as facilitator and look forward to playing a valuable part in the future – learning, growing, listening, sharing and supporting as best I can along the way.
Serge is an accredited sex and relationship therapist, with a passion for working alongside the GSRD communities (Gender, Sexuality & Relationship Diverse). Through his internship training to his COSRT Psychotherapist accreditation he developed his professional practice while also being open to challenging medicalised or pathologising discourses and to resisting the normativity that shapes so much of psychotherapy. Serge has a private practice and he also continues to work part-time across LGBTIQ community contexts delivering therapy and well-being services alongside trans and gender diverse folks, and their partners, plus in gender diversity affirming peer supervision and training for therapists.
In addition Serge is a sighthound loving trans punk elder, writer, editor and producer with hotpencil press. He has for many decades been a co-creator of LGBTIQ+ celebratory art, workshop and performance events.
TNBI Care Coordinator
Hi, I’m Lili and I recently joined the Brighton Health and Wellbeing Centre and The Clare Project as TNBI Care Coordinator after more than a decade of working in customer care. I spent time flipping burgers, selling stuffed toys, working at the bookies and marketing pleasure products in the 14 years since I moved to Brighton from Hungary. I got a Media Studies degree in 2015 from the University of Brighton where I focused most of my research on Queer and Gender Studies.
As a care coordinator I hope to improve the TNBI community’s experience with general as well as trans-affirming health care so everyone who wants to receive hormone therapy can access it using an informed consent model. I want community members to be able to address the full spectrum of their health and wellness needs. This means building ongoing relationships with patients and providing them with a personable and friendly service that is accurate, prompt and tailored to each service user.
In my free time I’m a massive geek with a fanart Instagram account where I share my various fandom-related artwork – I dabble in polymer clay sculpting, linocut printmaking, drawing and painting. I’m currently obsessed with Xena, Warrior Princess, but I kinda keep an encyclopaedia of pop culture in my brain anyways, with a speciality in 90s and 00s movie posters. I’m also an amateur birdwatcher – an activity I enjoy doing with my cat, Abbey, who I worship. I love rainy days, nature and shirts with quirky designs.
I bring buckets of enthusiasm and dedication to this role and I can’t wait to put my skills in the service of my local community to improve health care for trans, non-binary and intersex people in East Sussex and beyond.
I joined The Clare Project as a facilitator at the beginning of 2022 and was very happy to be welcomed into such a warm community of members. Before moving back to Brighton at the end of 2020 I lived in Spain for many years where I studied a bit of philosophy, taught a bit of English, and spent a lot of time outside with my two dogs. Now alongside my work with The Clare Project I’m training to be a therapist, with a focus of my work on the inclusivity of marginalised voices – and how much can be learnt when we’re prepared to listen. I love being a part of the team here, and the space that we create together.
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.
I was delighted to be invited by The Clare Project to become a trustee and I hope my accountancy skills, experience & spirit will add to the impressive team of staff and volunteers that I’ve already had the pleasure of engaging with recently.
I live in Worthing and work as a self-employed accountant. Most of my clients are overseas, so a typical year would find me visiting clients as far afield as Bali, Australia and California, so never a dull moment.
I’m expecting that I’ll get as much as I give from my trusteeship and involvement with TCP. I’m very excited to know that I’ll be spending more time within, and helping to support, our treasured community – the win for me will be getting to know you all and share our journeys & experiences.
My daughter is a primary school teacher and lives in Hove, I’m immensely proud of her achievements and dedication to ‘her’ children.
And then there’s Mabel in my life …. my people-loving Labrador who demands a lot of attention and normally succeeds.
Julia Trangmar sadly passed away from Covid-19 in February 2021, and her ashes were scattered in the gardens of Dorset Gardens in the Spring of 2021. We are in the proccess of requesting a bench to be placed there in her memory.
Julia’s generosity and dedication to The Clare Project was a lifeline for our community throughout some of the toughest years we have been subjected to. She was welcoming and kind in her approach, and always provided a listening ear to so many, whether as an agony aunt, or someone to chew your ear off about Bowie down at The Marlborough Pub.
The community was a huge part of Julia’s life, and likewise she was of ours. We would like to remember her for her support to both ourselves as an organisation, her determination and resilience in the face discrimination, and her immense kindness towards everyone she ever met.
We will hugely miss Julia, but will continue to strive for inclusion and equality in her memory.