Focus: the identity trust currently runs a number of peer support groups in Northern Ireland and the border counties of the republic. We want to ease the sense of isolation universally experienced by transgender and intersex individuals. We, therefore, run a number of support groups where transgender and intersex individuals can come together to talk, to listen, and who, by sharing their experiences, offer help and advice to each other.
Our support groups provide an inclusive, open, friendly, and safe environment for everyone. They offer a genuinely supportive environment, where everyone is treated with respect and is able to speak freely with no fear of intimidation or discourtesy. We welcome and respect everyone, regardless of what stage they are at in their journey. We can also assure members that our Support Groups have very strict rules of confidentiality, whatever is seen or said within the group, stays in the group.
And last but not least, the support groups also provide a great opportunity to meet and make new friends!
- Meeting Frequency: Monthly
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Focus Belfast and Focus North West
These support groups are the only operational peer support groups open to individuals diagnosed with Gender Identity Disorder in Northern Ireland. Transgender and intersex individuals from the border counties of the Republic of Ireland are also welcome. Additionally, Focus peer support groups have links with the other peer support groups on the island of Ireland.
Focus: Belfast and Focus: North West offer an inclusive, open, friendly, and safe environment for the exchange of information and the addressing of a wide range of issues and concerns relating to transgender and intersex people. It is a genuinely supportive environment, and an opportunity to meet and make friends. Respect permeates everything these groups are about, and your confidentiality is assured.
Focus: Satellite operates all across Northern Ireland and the bordering counties of the Republic, providing support to those transgender and intersex individuals who are isolated in rural areas, and who might not otherwise have access to this type of support. Its inaugural meeting was held in Donegal.
A key component of our Satellite support group programme is to provide the support at the locations where the need exists, so that transgender and intersex individuals can come together to talk, to listen, and who by sharing their experiences, offer help and advice to each other. As with all our support groups, we provide an inclusive, open, friendly and safe environment for all, where everyone is respected, every stage is respected, and confidentiality is assured.
These groups are open to individuals diagnosed with Gender Identity Disorder and referred to us by a gender identity clinic or registered medical practitioner.
If you are interested in joining ANY of Focus: The Identity Trust’s support groups contact them in the first instance
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