Trans and Non-Binary Link

Social prescribing for trans and/or non-binary people

Your doctor isn’t the only person who can help you feel better. We can also help improve your health and wellbeing.

Trans and Non-Binary Link is a free of charge social prescribing service in Brighton and Hove that links you to community services and groups to improve your health and wellbeing.

What we can help with:

Many of life’s problems can make you unwell:

  • Anxiety, stress and depression
  • Housing, money and benefits issues
  • Isolation and loneliness
  • Language and cultural barriers
  • Lifestyle factors such as diet and exercise
  • Navigating transition
  • Work and unemployment

Our Community Navigators work with you to help you get extra support in your community.

How can we help you

Referrals can either be made by yourself or by someone on your behalf.

Our process

  1. First we’ll call you to introduce ourselves
  2. Then we’ll come to meet you somewhere you would feel comfortable. This could be at your home, at a community venue or somewhere else. We can also support you over the phone, or using digital technology such as Zoom or Skype.
  3. We will spend time listening to you, understanding your situation, identifying what you’re concerned about and talking about your interests.
  4. Discuss a range of services and groups in your community that sound suitable for your needs, and can make arrangements to help you connect with them.
  5. Support is usually given over 2-3 months to make sure you can access the services you need. We’ll talk to you about stepping back before we do it.
  6. If you’re happy for us to do so, we’ll call you about 3-6 months after we step back to make sure you’re still getting the support you need.

 

Referral

How to get referred for support:

If you are over 18 you can refer yourself directly to Trans and Non-Binary Link by filling out our online referral form here.

Alternatively, send an email to translink@switchboard.org.uk. Please be sure to include your name, phone number and a brief line about what you would like help with.

For example, this could be:

  • Advice/guidance
  • Benefits
  • Carer support
  • Exercise
  • Healthy living
  • Housing
  • Information
  • Low mood
  • Mobility
  • Money advice
  • Social isolation
  • Stress

Alternatively, someone can make a referral on your behalf, provided they have your consent to do so. Again, they can do so by completing our online referral form.

You can also visit your GP and ask them to make a referral to the general Community Navigation which is provided by Together Co.

About

Trans and Non-Binary Link is part of Community Navigation Plus, which began in autumn 2018 as an extension of the Impetus Community Navigation service (now Together Co). It aims to expand access to social prescribing by providing support via four specialist organisations. It is funded by the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England.

Working in partnership with local organisations:

  • Together Co (formerly Brighton and Hove Impetus)
  • Friends Families and Travellers – for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities
  • Sussex Interpreting Services – for people with a language need
  • Switchboard – for trans and non-binary people
  • Trust for Developing Communities – for BAME people