Trans and Non-Binary Drug and Alcohol Peer Support Service

Support with drug and alcohol use for the trans and non-binary community

Vernon from TransSober Brighton

Finding a space that you feel comfortable and safe when you’re trans or non-binary difficult enough, but is especially hard when it comes to peer support groups. My name is Vernon and I created TransSober to fill this gap and ensure the TNBI community get the peer support they need around drug and alcohol use.

Marsh Award Star Winners 2022
Expression Through Freedom exhibition, Brighton

Drop-in Groups

Our Drop-In Groups are a friendly place where you can chat to like-minded TNBI people and find shared support and kindness when days are tough to get through

Trans Support

We also can provide one-to-one outreach support, offering bespoke support, advice and signposting for managing some of life’s challenges such as loneliness, transitioning, deed polls, wellbeing, money management, employment etc

SOber Socials

TransSober hosts regular fun social events where you can learn a new activity, access free services or take part in making something fun. Previous socials include acupuncture, trans banner making and learning cocktail recipes (non-alcoholic of course!) 

Online Support

Join us for regular online meetings via Zoom every Thursday from 6pm to 7.30pm.

These meetings can only be accessed by a unique link which we share with members only, so its a good way to take part in a secure, safe environment, wherever you are in the country! If you’d like to attend our Zoom meetings, simply email us for access details.

Testimonials

Finding a sense of community with TransSober where I can be myself and where everyone is welcoming, understanding and kind has been the best thing to happen to me for a long time. I finally have somewhere to go when I am struggling and a reason to choose self-compassion rather than self-destruction.

I like going to TransSober because it helps me keep sober even, when I think about having a drink someone is there to talk to

CHLOE

Just knowing TransSober existed has helped me. But after coming along to an in person group I feel some real hope that I can take steps in the direction I want to go in with my life, instead of letting my addictions decide where I go and what I do.

I felt able to share things in the group and chat to people with ease. I felt heard and I felt that no-one was judging me.  feel like TransSober will help me make some meaningful changes in my life 🙂  Thanks TransSober.

Other Services

We also work with other services, such as Brighton Period Project and Terrance Higgins Trust. This enables us to offer free sanitary products and condoms; also toiletries kindly donated by the general public. We provide free wellbeing bags to any service user, thanks to National Survivor User Network.  We can also offer some support with travel costs for people to attend our services.

NEW! In support of healthier lifestyles, we are also pleased to offer our group members Free sports equipment hire – to find out how to use this service, please click below. 

We can also offer speaker services to your organisation or group, where we come along and talk about a range of things such as our own personal experiences and journeys of being trans and non-binary and how we came about learning to live drug and alcohol free.

Marsh Award

We’re Award Winners!

In December 2022, we were nominated and eventually WON the Marsh Award Star Project for Mental Health Peer Support: In Connection!  We are so proud of this achievement so early in our journey, and would like to thank Mind and the Marsh Charitable Trust for this wonderful award!  We were also awarded prize money of £1000 which is a huge boost to the TransSober team!

These Awards are run in partnership with Mind and wider Peerfest partners and recognise excellence in peer led support for those experiencing mental health problems. This Award  recognises peer support groups that have worked in collaboration with other groups or that have forged important supportive connections within the community that their participants live in. 

Upcoming TransSober Events

Drop-in Group – Thursday 1pm

Drop-in Group – Thursday 1pm

Join our free & friendly weekly Drop-in Group every Thursday from 1pm at the Trans Pride Centre, Brighton. These are volunteer-led groups facilitated by volunteers from the trans and non-binary community, all of whom have a range of lived-experience of drug and/...

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Online Group – Thursday 6pm

Online Group – Thursday 6pm

Join our free & friendly weekly ONLINE Drop-in Group every Thursday from 6pm.  This is ideal if you cannot travel, or live outside of the Brighton area - allows people from anywhere in the country to access our services! A computer with webcam or a smart phone is...

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