Jamie is one of our Community Leaders at the Trans Programme. We chatted to him about his role on the Community Leaders team.
Hello! What’s your name and could you tell us a bit about yourself?
Hiya! My name is Jamie, I'm 27 years old and I'm originally from Stoke-on-Trent. I work as a mentor and group work facilitator for a young people's mental health charity in Congleton called Visyon. I am really passionate about improving understanding around mental health and personal development is something that I'm really interested in. In my spare time I like to read books, paint, draw and write songs as well as go on walks and eat burritos with my friends. I pretty much really enjoy being alive.
What made you want to apply to become a Community Leader?
Along my own journey of mental health recovery and gender transition there have been inspirational people who's very existence has encouraged me to be more accepting of mine. I've also been a client of LGBT Foundation in the past and have found their support invaluable. I know that when I was young I had no real understanding of how a person like me would look in the world. I want to be that person to young trans people now. I'm lucky enough to be brimming with confidence these days and I am excited by the opportunity to make trans peoples voices heard in the community.
What kinds of things would you like to see come out of the Community Leaders work?
I would like to work towards a world where trans people are visible, understood and accepted. This project feels like a great opportunity to work towards that.
Find out more about our Community Leaders here: www.lgbt.foundation/who-we-help/trans/volunteer-with-us/trans-community-leaders