Sing Your Heart Out for Gendered Intelligence

Could you raise money for GI’s camping trip through running a small event?

GI volunteer Laura did just that. She recently threw a karaoke party with her friends and raised £210!  We asked her a few questions about what was involved.


Laura, how are you involved with Gendered Intelligence? 

I’ve been volunteering for GI for about a year and a half and it’s been great getting involved with such a dynamic organisation. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some of the young people GI supports so I wanted to do something which would raise some funds towards their camping trip this summer.
How did you raise money? 

Last Christmas I was given a karaoke kit (complete with hot pink microphones!) so I decided to put it to use and host a karaoke party for my friends in exchange for a donation towards the camping trip. I made a couple of bowls of punch, put out some snacks and told people in advance the cause we were raising money for (and to remind them to bring cash on the night!)
Do you have any tips for running a fundraising event? 

We had a great time, and thanks to the generosity of my friends, made £210. I really recommend putting on an event which is something you’d find fun anyway – and then asking people to donate an amount they’d spend on having a night out. Set up a Facebook group in advance (where you can give a bit more information on what GI does) and even if people only have a small amount to give you’ll still have fun and raise awareness!  

You can do it too!

Grab a few friends and pay a couple of pounds each to do something you enjoy. Drag bingo? A cake sale? A football match? Why not! 

If you’re interested, please get in touch at

You can donate whatever you make via ourGoFundMe page or via PayPal

Last month GI launched a GoFundMe campaign to fund our camping trip in August. We have to raise £5,000 by the end of July. Please share!

Mental Health Awareness Week 2014 this year MindFull, a children’s mental health and wellbeing charity needs your help

This week it’s Mental Health Awareness Week 2014 and to mark it, MindFull – a young people’s mental health and wellbeing charity, is calling for mental health to have a place on the UK’s national curriculum. 850,000 young people across the UK have a diagnosable mental health condition, which equates to 3 in every classroom. Make sure those three are given the support they need. Sign the petition:
CALLING ALL TEACHERS: Could the child who’s been quiet and disengaged throughout the school year be one of three children in every classroom in the UK suffering from a mental health disorder? To help raise awareness of mental health problems in young people over Mental Health Awareness Week, MindFull, a charity dedicated to young people’s mental health and wellbeing is running a competition offering schools a free MindFull Mentor training workshop and 60 hours of free online counselling on (worth more than £3400), and all you need to do to win this fantastic prize is tell us in no more than 200 words 
Opportunities for young people at the Roundhouse

Here is some information on an music based 6-week training programme we have coming up for Not in Education Employment or Training young people aged 16 to 25. See the below e-flyer and LINK for further information. 

Any young people interested in finding out more can come along to a taster session at the Roundhouse on Wed 12 Feb 2014.  To register for a taster session, please fill in a referral form - e mail


Trans Youth Group - let’s get this New Year going!

Happy New Year! Let’s hope that 2014 is a good year for you. Why not start off on a good foot and attend Gendered Intelligence’s trans youth group (age 13-25). If you have yet to pluck up the courage to turn up how about sending us an e mail letting us know that you would like to come and we can figure out the best way to ensure that you will feel safe and happy to attend.
my e mail address is:

We have some brilliant young members who are tasked with welcoming new comers and making sure that no one feels left out.

The usual group begins at 6.30pm and finishes at 8.30pm

Tuesday Trans Youth Group (with new steering group)

When: Tuesday 14th January
5.30pm - 6.30pm (steering group) 
6.30 - 8.30pm (youth session)
Where:Tavistock Centre, Swiss Cottage. (Map)

From 5.30 - 6.30pm we will resume our youth steering group, where everyone is welcome to attend. The hour is an opportunity for our members to plan sessions and activities. We will chat about how the session will run and also we need to start planning our year ahead. 

From 6.30 - 8.30pm all are welcome. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and to share experience. We also promise some social time and some light refreshments.

We will be visited by Alana from On Road Media who is going to talk through the skills building workshops as part of the All About Trans project that GI is going to be involved with. 
If you are interested in signing up for the workshops that will take place in January please complete this


If it’s your first time at Gendered Intelligence or if you are part of the furniture you are welcome to join us. We have allocated young people called “TANGERINES" who will ensure that you feel welcomed and included at the group. 

Travel bursaries for up to £7 per person is offered to all attendees.
Youth project: Who am I? Hacking into the Science Museum


Our next arts project at Gendered Intelligence is going to be carried out in collaboration with the Science Museum.  This transgender heritage project will enable 15 trans people (ages 13-25) to learn about their heritage in relation to a history of medical science. We will spend the day perusing and talking about the Who am I gallery as well as the medical collections. 

This first session is for anyone who is interested in the project and may wish to come to future sessions, although there is no obligation to get involved.  The overall project involves visiting the collections at the Science Museum to find artefacts, gathering the memories of four older trans people, bringing new objects to the museum, building a ‘case’ in the Who Am I? gallery space and creating a digital on line space that reflects the work and thinking of the group. 

As part of this project we will have the opportunity to present new and old objects as well as digital content in one of the cases in the Who Am I? gallery. Our work will  stay there for 3 - 6 months reaching up to 1.25 million visitors!

This is our chance to tell our stories in relation to  a history of medicine!  


Saturday 7th September 2013
10.30 - 3.30pm
Lunch and light refreshments will be provided.

The Science Museum’s Dana Centre,
165 Queen’s Gate, South Kensington, London, SW7 5HD map

All travel will be reimbursed. We hope to see you there! 

This project is funded by Heritage Lottery Fund as part of their Our Stories project.  Our project will take two main heritage focuses that will target  both trans and non-trans audiences. These are: 1.) to consider a history of science and medicine in relation to transgender heritage and 2.) to capture the memories and experiences of older members of the trans community partly in relation to a history of science and medicine.   

Following the first introductory session we will carry out a series of workshops in October:

Sat 12th, Sat 19th, Sat 26th  (with an additional one on a weekday in half term week) 


Volunteer opportunity with Brook for 16-19 year olds!

Are you aged 16-19? Not working, training or in education?

Brook are looking for volunteers on their Sex Positive campaign. Sex:Positive is an online campaign to challenge and change society’s negative attitudes towards young people and their sexuality. The campaign is creating a movement of people who pledge to create a Sex:Positive future. So far over 2000 people ranging from sexual health professionals, MPs and celebrities, including boy band JLS, as well as young people have pledged.

The volunteer team will play a key role in assisting with Brook’s Sex:Positive national campaign and working with the local community. You will be a valued member of the Brook team and be included in opportunities to promote and develop Sex Positive, speak at high key events and network for the charity with high profile organisations and celebrities.

For 24 hours a week for 24 weeks you will gain experience working on national campaign, develop new skills and meet new people.

Hours: 24 Hours (4 days) per week

Duration: 24 weeks

Start Date: 3 September 2012

Location: Brook Southwark, 1 Amelia Street, London, SE17 3PY (Map) Near Elephant & Castle tube.

You will get:

Experience in:

- Working on and promoting a national campaign

- Working in sexual health

- Making sure that young people’s voices and opinions are heard

- Listening to and working with your local community

Training in:

- Work skills - communication, team work, IT systems, time management, admin

- Project specific skills - campaigning, public speaking, understanding sexual health

An Accreditation – get a qualification in Employability and Personal Development

Advice on planning your future

Volunteers can apply for a £250 Personal Development Grant to help them progress into further training, education or employment.

You will need to be

- Aged 16-19 years

- Not currently in employment, education or training

- Interested in sexual health

- Willing to learn and try new things

- Able to work as part of a small team

How to apply

If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Naomi Sheppard:


Phone: 07500 786 765

This looks like a great opportunity with Brook to get some really good skills and experience! Would be great to have some trans / LGBTQ youth working on this project.

Galop Treasure Hunt - Come along with GI! - Travel paid!

Galop, an organisation that gives advice and support to people who have experienced biphobia, homophobia and transphobia, are hosting their annual Treasure Hunt fundraiser!

We want to take along 10 trans young people (under 25) to form two teams and take part in the fun.

GI will pay for your entry fee  (worth £10!), your lunch and your travel. Email us at if you want to come!

We need to know if you’re coming in advance so we can make sure we have a team together. Details below.

When: Sat 15 September 2012, From 1pm

Where: Soho, London (we’ll email you with our meeting point)

Grab your mates and maps and go buccaneering through the nooks and crannies of Soho and the West End solving clues, raising money for Galop, and having a rollicking good time!

Fastest team wins a goodly selection of prizes from Galop’s Treasure Chest*

*warning: some prizes may be better than others!


Volunteer opportunity for 16-25 year olds!!


Are you 16-25? Looking for a fun way to volunteer this summer? Interested in sexual and reproductive health? Well then, come on down, because we’ve got an opportunity just for you!

We’d like to start an EFC Tumblr page where young people create the content. This will mean re-blogging interesting posts you see on other sexual health sites but also writing short blogs, taking pictures or even creating videos for others to view and share.

There are two ways to get involved:
•    If you’re in London and can spare some time between now and September you can apply to be a core volunteer. This means we’ll give you some training on sexual and reproductive health issues as well as social media. You will be one of the key volunteers involved in setting up the Tumblr and deciding what we post on it.

•    If you’re outside of London or don’t have much time to spare you can be an online volunteer. This means we’ll ask you to email us with interesting things you’ve seen online, and you’ll be encouraged to create your own blogs on topics which interest you relating to sexual health, gender and sexuality and reproductive rights. This is a chance to be really creative, and we’ll send you suggestions and guidelines on what we’re after.

All volunteers will be given the resources and support and they need to take part. Core volunteers will have travel and food expenses covered. We can also award Amazon vouchers to those who remain involved with the project.

If you’re interested in getting involved please email for an application form and let us know if you’d like to be a core or online volunteer.

An interesting opportunity to volunteer with Education for Choice. Ideal for any young people looking to volunteer over the summer, especially those with an interest in sexual health and/or online blogging. 

SWS Summer School is an intensive 1-week introduction to community organizing and social change, taking place at sites across London from 7th – 14th July 2012. It is free. Watch this space for the curriculum and surrounding events will be launched soon.

The deadline for applications has been extended until Monday 2nd July. To find out more and fill in the application form, follow this link. (

The School is designed for young people who see and experience economic injustice, pollution and racism in their communities and want to find effective and creative ways of fighting for social justice. In particular, it is dedicated to building the skills of young; women, people of colour, disabled, working class, and LGBTQI people as the next generation of leaders in the social justice movement. So if you are aged 16 – 30 and want support in how to effectively tackle these issues (or know someone who does) then read on!

The objective of the School is to channel political anger into effective community organising and community self-defense by offering political education, skills sharing, popular education training and mentoring from some of the UK’s leading social and racial justice groups (

The School seeks to deepen our understanding of power and resistance in the UK and learn how to turn marginalisation and isolation into politically powerful support systems.

Taking place in sites of struggle across London, together we will share our knowledge, skills and experiences to enable long term strategic organising. The participants will be challenged with new ways of thinking, provocative speakers, inspiring mentors and fascinating guests with a deep understanding of engaging with the ‘head, heart and hand’. Following on from the School, participants can choose to be connected with diverse and tailored mentor opportunities for 1-3 months (and onwards) with leading UK grassroots communities and campaigners to deepen the practice of what you will have learnt.

From an email - interesting free event on social change / political action for young people. They’re particularly keen to get lots of LGBTQI people involved, so pass it on to anyone who may be interested.