Saturday, 8 December 2018

Supporting LGBTQI+ people in Medway & Kent

We are staring our end of year fundrasing quest to raise funds for the South East Gender Initiative who manage the MGSD Centre Project.

We are hopeing to raise £10,000 to help fund the annual cost of running the centre.

Donations can be maide via the SEGI PayPal Account.
Follow this link

 We would like to thank all supporters for the donations which go towards keeping the following services running. The SEGI and MGSD Centre are run by volunteers, we have no paid employees.

We are a Community Organisation that provides the following services:

SEGI Trans Youth. Meets every Wednesday from 7pm to 9pm.
This is an opportunity for Young Trans or Non-Binary people to meet in a supportive peer group atmosphere.

SEGI PAC Group. Meets the 1st Thursday of the Month.
This group gives parents and carers of transgender children or children questioning their gender identity an opportunity to meet others to support each other and find advice to support themselves and their children.

SEGI Drop-in Service. Meets Thursdays (Except 1st Thurs) from 5.30pm to 8.30pm.
The drop-in provides support for transgender, non-binary people or those questioning their gender identity, parents, carers and friends are welcome to the drop-in.

We also host a LGBTQI+ Counselling Service 07738308484

Thank you again for any donation made to SEGI

Friday, 4 August 2017

Parents and Carers of Transgender Children or children questioning their gender identity.

We shall be hosting a parents and carers group on the 1st Thursday of the month. 

This event is for Parents and Carers of Transgender Children or children questioning their gender identity. 

The meeting is for parents and carers only and is an oportunity to meet other parents and carers of transgender / questioning children.

The event is hosted at the Medway & Gender Sexual Diversity Centre, 331 High Street, Rochester ME1 1DA. 01634 408668. 
The entrance to the centre is from the rear of the premisses.
Meet at 6.30pm for a 7pm start.

The event has been organised by METRO Trans Youth Support and South East Gender Initiative (SEGI) Trans Youth support to provide an opportunity for the parents and carers of trans children and children questioning their gender to:
Support each other, 
Recieve information about supporting Trans/Questioning children who are exploring their gender identity,
Information about accesing care pathways NHS/Private,
Managing social transition,
or signposting to other organisations,
Please contact if you are interested in attending or require further information.
Kind regards
Hilary Cooke - Medway Gender & Sexual Diversity Centre

Sunday, 23 July 2017

MGSD Centre & South East Gender Initiative Support Services

The SEGI Transgender Youth Support Group is coming up to its first anniversary and the group members will be celebrating with a BBQ next month.

The SEGI continues to support the transgender community providing a 25yrs and under Trans Youth Support group and a Transgender Drop-in service to meet the needs of the transgender community through peer support and access to our counselling service.

We are hosting a new service for Parents and Carers of transgender people which has been organised as a collaboration between METRO Trans Youth Support and South East Gender Initiative (SEGI) Trans Youth support to provide an opportunity for the parents and carers of transgender people to support each other and their children. 

Thursday, 7 July 2016

New Service - SEGI Youth Group

The Brook Trust

With many thanks to the Kent Community Foundation and the Brook Trust  MGSD Centre and the South East Gender Initiative are now in a position to move forward with a transgender youth support group.  
We are looking for input from individuals who wish to use the service. They can attend one of our sessions or take part via email to (Please email us and we will send details of the sessions)

SEGI Youth Group Events

We are proposing to hold initial brain storming sessions on:

Wednesday 13th July and Wednesday 20th July 7pm at the MGSD Centre in Rochester.

The idea behind these sessions is to discover what young people need from the group.
People may wish to respond by email which is ok or they may wish to come along with a parent/guardian/supporter. 

Please contact us via email if you wish to attend one of the sessions

The aim is to beginning the support group on Wednesday 27th July. 

Friday, 19 June 2015

Gender Variance - E-learning for GPs and others

Here are links to two e learning sessions to help GP's and other NHS / Care Staff and others understand the needs of Transgender people and how best to support them
This resource is designed to raise awareness of Gender Variance in young people
This resource is designed to help GPs respond to the needs of adults and young people experiencing gender dysphoria.

The course will also enable all trans people, including those who are non-binary or non-gender, to engage positively with their GPs when seeking medical help.

Monday, 25 May 2015

Stand Out: The Outing

Metro Youth Group, Stand Out, are hosting 
The Outing: An event for young people,
 on Friday 29th May atFort Amherst from 2-8pm.
There will be:
  • Live Music
  • Stalls,
  • Speakers’ Corner and
  • Free Food.
There will also be a session at 6.30 for parents to get together and set up their own peer support network.
Join their Facebook event at Stand Out: The Outing
OR contact them to tell them you will be there:

Friday, 5 December 2014

MGSD / SEGI Peer Support Survey

Please follow the link below to complete  the survey 


 MGSD Centre is carrying out a survey of support services provided by the South East Gender Initiative. We welcome feedback on the transgender peer support service provided at Medway Gender & Sexual Diversity Centre in Rochester. The survey aims to capture the views of all who have attended the service, both past and current users.

The survey is conducted online with tools in place to ensure that your answers are completely anonymous. Your identity will not be disclosed to anyone, including the researchers. Your participation is completely voluntary and you may skip any questions that may cause you emotional distress, or end the survey at any time by simply clicking on the Submit Survey link. There is no material benefit for participating in this survey.

We aim to complete the survey by 14th December.

Thank you for your time and help in completing this survey.

Kind regards
Hilary Cooke – MGSD Centre