MGSD Centre, 331 High Street, Rochester, Medway, ME1 1DA 01634 408668

New Service – SEGI Youth Group

Published 07/07/2016

With many thanks to the Kent Community Foundation and the Brook Trust  MGSD Centre and the South East Gender Initiative are now in a position to move forward with a transgender youth support group.  

We are looking for input from individuals who wish to use the service. They can attend one of our sessions or take part via email to (Please email us and we will send details of the sessions)

SEGI Youth Group Events

We are proposing to hold initial brain storming sessions on:

Wednesday 13th July and Wednesday 20th July 7pm at the MGSD Centre in Rochester.

The idea behind these sessions is to discover what young people need from the group.

People may wish to respond by email which is ok or they may wish to come along with a parent/guardian/supporter. 

Please contact us via email if you wish to attend one of the sessions

The aim is to beginning the support group on Wednesday 27th July. 

Gender Variance – E-learning for GPs and others

published 19/05/2015

Here are links to two e learning sessions to help GP’s and other NHS / Care Staff and others understand the needs of Transgender people and how best to support them———————————————————This resource is designed to raise awareness of Gender Variance in young people———————————————————
This resource is designed to help GPs respond to the needs of adults and young people experiencing gender dysphoria. course will also enable all trans people, including those who are non-binary or non-gender, to engage positively with their GPs when seeking medical help.

Stand Out: The Outing

Published 25/05/2015

Metro Youth Group, Stand Out, are hosting 

The Outing: An event for young people,

 on Friday 29th May atFort Amherst from 2-8pm.

There will be:

  • Live Music
  • Stalls,
  • Speakers’ Corner and
  • Free Food.

There will also be a session at 6.30 for parents to get together and set up their own peer support network.

Join their Facebook event at Stand Out: The Outing

OR contact them to tell them you will be there:


OR text Jackie on 07903 458223.

MGSD / SEGI Peer Support Survey

Publised 05/12/2014

Please follow the link below to complete  the survey 



 MGSD Centre is carrying out a survey of support services provided by the South East Gender Initiative. We welcome feedback on the transgender peer support service provided at Medway Gender & Sexual Diversity Centre in Rochester. The survey aims to capture the views of all who have attended the service, both past and current users.

The survey is conducted online with tools in place to ensure that your answers are completely anonymous. Your identity will not be disclosed to anyone, including the researchers. Your participation is completely voluntary and you may skip any questions that may cause you emotional distress, or end the survey at any time by simply clicking on the Submit Survey link. There is no material benefit for participating in this survey.

We aim to complete the survey by 14th December.

Thank you for your time and help in completing this survey.

Kind regards

Hilary Cooke – MGSD Centre

Nearly half of young transgender people have attempted suicide – UK survey

Mental health charity says society’s attitudes towards transgender people are not changing fast enough

59% of trans people under 26 said they had considered suicide. Photograph: Alamy

The hidden extent of suicide attempts among young transgender people has been highlighted in a study. A survey found that 48% of trans people under 26 said they had attempted suicide, and 30% said they had done so in the past year, while 59% said they had at least considered doing so.

By comparison, about 6% of all 16- to 24-year-olds say they have attempted suicide, according to the Adult Psychiatry Morbidity Survey.

The research was conducted by Pace, a mental health charity for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, in partnership with Brunel University, the University of Worcester, and London South Bank University. It involved interviews and a survey of more than 2,000 people in England from 2010 to 2014. The report said the suicide last year of Lucy Meadows, a primary school teacher who was transgender, after two previous attempts was indicative of a much wider problem.

The figures on suicide attempts by trans youth were higher than those found in previous studies across all age groups. A US study in 2006 found that 32% of trans people had tried to kill themselves. And the Trans Mental Health Study of 2012 (pdf) found 35% had attempted suicide once and 25% a second time. The Pace research also found 59% of transgender youth said they had deliberately hurt themselves, compared with 8.9% of all 16- to 24-year-olds.

Pace released the findings to the Guardian before Thursday’s International Transgender Day of Remembrance, which annually highlights transphobic murders.

Margaret Unwin, the Pace chief executive, said: “The lack of visibility and acceptance in society contributes to these shocking figures about suicide attempts and self-harm in trans young people. While society’s attitudes towards transgender people are changing, it is still not fast enough and the negative impacts on trans people’s mental health every day are huge.”

Jay Stewart, co-founder of Gendered Intelligence, a group that supports young trans people and seeks to increase education around trans issues, said the findings were not surprising. “We have been working with young people since 2006 and the demand for our services is growing. While there have been many changes in legislation, the realities of young trans people are that they can experience highly negative responses for either being trans or expressing gender variance. Bullying behaviour in schools is endemic and we often find schools sweeping such things under the carpet.”

Juliet Jacques, 33, a journalist and campaigner who documented her transition pre- and post-surgery in a blog for the Guardian from 2010 to 2012, said: “Many young trans people experience discrimination, intolerance, bullying, rejection and violence from several spheres. First at school, a place where gender norms are enforced and policed, where you’re told by teachers and other pupils that boys do x and girls do y. Within the family there can be rejection, verbal and physical abuse, and then also at street level, in the media and in the workplace. Together this can render people unable to see a future for themselves.

 It is no wonder suicidal thoughts are so common.“I have suicidal thoughts every day, even now. A lot of that is to due with the scars of childhood, feeling I lost my youth to this, things I wasn’t able to do because of the discrimination I experienced and because of the trenchant mental health problems that came with it. I’ve found a way of dealing with this. But I’ve been pretty close to the edge several times, and pretty much constantly during my teens, when I didn’t feel I could talk to anyone about it. I found a way back. And I have a lot of support. But not everyone has that.”

• The Samaritans’ 24-hour helpline is 08457 909090.

METRO – New Medway LGBTQ youth group!

Published 16/09/2014

We are inviting young people to our first planning meeting for the group on Tuesday 23rd September from 6 to 8pm in Rochester. There will then be fortnightly meetings afterwards, October 7th, October 21st

The youth group is for young people aged 16 to 25 years who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or who are questioning their sexuality or gender identity (LGBTQ).

 Young people can email me at  for the full address. They can come along and get involved straight away on Tuesday 23rd!

Please can you spread the word with young people you work with.

Do drop me a message with any questions. Thank you for your support!

Many thanks,


Dan Baker 
Head of Integrated Youth Services

Tel:  020 8305 5000

Fax: 020 8305 5001

Focus Group for NHS Medway Clinical Commissioning Group – Equality Delivery.

Published 16/09/2014

MGSD Centre have been asked to organise a focus group meeting to represent the community to review the Equality Delivery Document for NHS Medway Clinical Commissioning Group (Medway CCG) that purchases NHS services within Medway.

This is an important document for LGBTQI communities that use Medway NHS Services as the Medway CCG …purchases the services we use. This is an opportunity to advise on any gaps within the service and make sure that our needs are reflected in the Equality Document. 

The Focus Group Meeting will take place on Tuesday 23rd September at a venue in Rochester High Street from 6:30pm to 8pm.

If you are interested in attending the focus group meeting Please contact me via the following email and I shall send you further details.

Picnic Under The Rainbow

First Publised 29/07/2014

This was a mini Rochester Pride Festival organised by Kent & Medway LGBT Community Action Group. They held two pride events in Rochester befor helping Margate Pride

2014 event
2013 Event
Event Team

Care Quality Commission inspection of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

first published 21/07/2014

Message from GIRES – You may have an interest in this announcement.

The Imperial College Healthcare Trust, which is to be inspected, is responsible for gender reassignment surgery at the Charing Cross Hospital.

It is not responsible for …the nearby Gender Identity Clinic, which is the responsibility of the separate West London Mental Health NHS Trust.


 Care Quality Commission inspection of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) will be inspecting this NHS Trust from the 2nd of September 2014, which includes Charing Cross, Hammersmith, Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea, St. Mary’s and Western Eye Hospitals.

The inspection team is very interested to hear from anyone who has used services in the last 12 months about their experiences. The inspection team is also keen to hear evidence from local voluntary & community sector groups about the quality and safety of care that their members and service users have experienced. Please tell CQC about your experiences by Monday 28th July 2014.

You can send reports, peoples stories of care or other evidence your group holds about people’s care to , by post to CQC, Citygate, Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4PA, or you can ring CQC on 03000 616161. Please put the name of the service you are sending information about in the title to help CQC pass it to the right inspection team.

You can send evidence of high-quality care as well as any concerns you have identified. CQC will use your information to help the inspection team plan the inspection and what to look for on the inspection. The inspection team will ask these five questions about the trust and its services:

• Is it safe?
• Is it effective?
• Is it caring?
• Is it responsive to people’s needs?
• Is it well-led?

You can read more about how CQC carry out their inspections on their website

Thank you very much for helping CQC to understand people’s experiences of care. An inspection report will be available after the inspection and published on their website.(


You can pass your comments direct to the CQC at the above address or if you wish to add your thoughts to SEGI’s MGSD Centre’s response we can add them to our group response. email with the subject title CQC SEGI

RAPID HIV Testing – MGSD Centre & METRO Centre Medway & Kent

First Published 28/03/2014

Metro Centre’s partnership work in Kent and Medway has sprung into action with a weekly drop in service that provides Rapid HIV Testing  at the Medway Gender & Sexual Diversity Centre in Rochester. 

The service is available weekly on a Wednesday evening between 7pm and 9pm.

Tel 01634 408668

331 High Street, Rochester, Medway, Kent ME1 1DA