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SWAP – Structured Weekend Antidote Program

Over the summer, I’m pleased to announce that I will be running a workshop as part of SWAP; an amazing and innovative response to the ever-growing ChemSex scene in London. Here’s what London Friend say about the program:

“Who is it for?

SWAP is for men 18+ who identify as a Gay, Bi, trans or MSM (men who have sex with men) and feel that their chem use is either already out of control, getting out of control or is having a negative impact on their lives. The programme is aimed at people who are serious about trying to take those steps that will lead to greater control over their use or who would like to become chem free altogether.

What does it involve?

SWAP is an intensive group programme over 4 full weekends (11 – 4.30 Saturday & Sunday).
It will take you through a series of workshops which will help you to understand and explore issues such as:

  • Relapse Prevention
  • Sex (inc. sober sex) & Sexuality
  • Self Esteem & Confidence
  • Assertiveness
  • Relationships
  • Boundaries
  • Social/intimacy anxiety
  • Thinking patterns
  • Goal setting, life planning & decision making
  • Relaxation & stress management

There will also be an opportunity to try complimentary therapies such
as acupuncture and mindfulness meditation techniques.”

For more info visit: http://londonfriend.org.uk/get-support/drugsandalcohol/weekend-programme/about-swap/

LGBT Youth Awareness Training

LGBT Youth Awareness Training Workshop May2014Friday 9th May 2014: 2-5pm at the ELOP Centre
Cost £30 per person

Sexual orientation and gender identity are two of the protected characteristics specified in The Equality Act (2010) as minority groups at elevated risk of experiencing many health inequalities and discrimination. Ensure your organisation and staff are LGB&T aware by accessing ELOP’s multidisciplinary LGBT Youth Awareness Training.

PLEASE DOWNLOAD OUR BOOKING FORM HERE:
ELOP Booking Form – LGBT Youth Awareness Training Workshop May2014<
ELOP – LGBT Youth Awareness Training Workshop May2014

Men’s Health & Wellness Workshop – Tuesday 15th April

7.00pm to 9.30pm @ ELOP

Health & Wellness for Gay, Bi & Queer Self-identified Men.

Following on from our previous workshops on ‘Love, Sex & Intimacy’ for Queer guys, I’ll be co-facilitating a health session next week for guys from the LGBTQ communities. We’ll be sharing tips on exercise (suitable for all abilities); healthy eating; tackling stress; keeping a healthy sleep schedule and looking at how to maintain your sexual health. We’ll also be discussing health concerns that are particularly relevent for men aged 30 and up.

30+ Men’s Group – 7.00-9.30pm
Social evening for GB&T men twice a monthly on Tuesday 1st & 3rd Tuesday of every month.
On the 1st Tuesday of the month, we meet at ELOP. On The 3rd Tuesday we’ll be arranging an event or outing elsewhere.

Club Mellow Men’s Groups @ ELOP
56-60 Grove Road
Walthamstow
London
E17 9BN

Contact us for details.
Email: info@elop.org – Tel: 020 8509 3898
Cost: £2

This is one of the coolest projects I’ve seen in a long time. PLEASE give generously.

New role at cliniQ

In the last month I have officially joined the team at cliniQ in Soho, to help provide sexual health and wellbeing services to the trans* communities, their friends, families and significant others. Running from 56 Dean Street on a Wednesday evening (5.30 – 7.30), cliniQ works in partnership with a range of organisations (such as London Friend and GALOP) to provide safe, reliable support services for trans* people as well as clinical sexual health services, cervical screening and liver function tests.

The clinic is run by and with trans* people, working with trans* aware clinicians who offer discreet, respectful services; working from a model that should be replicated throughout health and wellbeing services. I genuinely couldn’t be happier to be involved with the organisation. 

Love, Sex & Intimacy – A workshop for gay, bisexual & trans* men who have sex with men

18-30 Men’s Night: 7-9:30pm, meets fortnightly on the second and fourth Tuesday each month at ELOP: £2.

Next Tuesday, I will be facilitating the following session at ELOP in Walthamstow. It’s open to all queer guys aged 18-30, from all faiths, backgrounds and cultures. Come and join the conversation.
Tuesday 11th February: Love, Sex & Intimacy for Gay, Bisexual and trans * MSM (men who have sex with men – Aged 18-30) – Intimacy can be a difficult area to navigate for lots of people, but for gay, bisexual and men who have sex with men we know it can be particularly tricky. Reporting on the escalating ‘Chem Sex’ scene earlier this month, Channel 4 news suggested that a struggle with intimacy is the root of this worrying trend in our communities. Join us at ELOP to talk about what intimacy means to you; learn some easy ‘take home’ relaxation & intimacy exercises or just chill out, meet people and shoot some pool.
ELOP – 56/60 Grove Road, Walthamstow, London E17 9BN – 020 8509 3898 – admin@elop.orgwww.elop.org

Check out North London’s incredible trans* and queer friendly service Open Barbers

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Open Barbers is a queer and trans* friendly haircutting service in North London offering wicked haircuts and an inclusive atmosphere. Here is their manifesto:

“Open Barbers is a hairdressing service for all genders and sexualities led by Greygory, Klara, Felix and Clancey.

Who we are and what we do:

We offer a personalised and warm haircutting experience with a queer and trans friendly attitude. We seek to promote the diversity of identities in society and celebrate people’s appearance in the way they wish to be seen.

Open Barbers started in March 2011, building on hairdressing skills and experience developed by Greygory and Klara over the last decade. Open Barbers has already participated in several events including Latitude Festival, Schmoozing For Art with artist Brian Lobel and the Jewish Community Centre, Bar Wotever, Queer Fayre and House of Stars. The experience has been extremely well received creating a thriving mailing list and online interaction from Open Barbers clients. An interview with Open Barbers features in Dapper Q online magazine celebrating our new initiative, bringing international acclaim to our diverse approach.

Contact us:

If you are interested in coming along or making an appointment, please contact us at openbarbers@gmail.com”