Southend Trans Network inspires local social connections to grow

Updated: Jun 1

Southend Trans Network inspires local social connections to grow.

Transpire – a Trans network based in Southend are celebrating receiving £19,824 worth of funding from People’s Health Trust, using money raised by The Health Lottery in the East.

This existing two-year project ‘Meet and Eat’, aims to create space for the transgender community to meet, socialise and receive support. The participants will meet fortnightly at sessions led by a sessional worker, with support from volunteers within the transgender community.

Activities will include film nights, guest speakers and other special events/trips. Participants will mostly come from Southend, Castle Point, Rochford and Basildon and will help to shape the programme of activities. The project will create strong social connections through these regular group meetings.

Chris Lunn, spokesperson for The Health Lottery in the East, said: ““The funds raised through The Health Lottery in the East are changing and improving lives. It was clear that supporting Transpire would have great benefit to the community. To date, over £100 million has been raised through The Health Lottery for good causes across Great Britain, of which £7.7 million has been raised for the East. We hope to make even more for good causes when Health Lottery East opens in December.”

Health Lottery East is benefitting from Health Lottery tickets sold for all draws being held between 1 December and 31 December 2018. You can buy Health Lottery tickets in advance for these draws online at, or from more than 32,000 local retailers including The Post Office, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, ASDA, Morrisons and WH Smith.


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