Last Saturday, Consortium’s Trans Organisations Network (TON) member organisations came together for a Learning Day in London.

The Conference, which brought together 30 representatives from across the UK, was designed to support Consortium Members running Trans Groups.

The day kicked off powerfully with businesswoman Antonia Belcher from The Antonia & Andrea Belcher Trans Fund, sharing her inspiring story and invaluable insights around bringing new resources into the trans movement globally.

The delegates enjoyed a range of practical and interactive workshops run by the Consortium engagement team – boasting imaginative titles such as ‘Show me the Money’ (how to get your trans group ‘fit for funding’) and ‘Unleash the power of Volunteers’ (exploring ways to broaden your volunteer pool and build partnerships). 

The Day concluded with a ‘World Cafe-style’ Peer Power Hour, where delegates discussed topics including ‘sharing solutions to key issues affecting our work’ at several tables, switching tables periodically and getting introduced to the previous discussion at their new table by a ‘table host’ (with special thanks to our table hosts from Gendered Intelligence and CliniQ!).

Shaan, TON coordinator, said: ‘It was great to see how much eagerness there is to share experiences, and a great need to develop skills and expand knowledge around the practicalities of running a trans group or charity. And we started exploring some exciting ideas around the future of TON, so watch this space!’