Trans Link: Community Navigation

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 Link Community Navigation 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, exercise and weight loss
  • 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.

We will:

  1. Contact you for an initial phone conversation
  2. Come to meet you somewhere you would feel comfortable. This could be at your home, at a community venue or somewhere else.
  3. Spend time to understand the issues you’re facing
  4. Discuss a variety of local services to support you – often free of charge
  5. Help you access the services to get the support you need

Referral

How to get referred for support

If you are over 18 you can refer yourself directly to Trans 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 Impetus.

About

Trans Link is part of Community Navigation Plus, which began in autumn 2018 as an extension of the Impetus Community Navigation service. 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:

  • 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