Trans Connect

Description of Program

What is the intervention/program/project?
Trans Connect is a project that provides support, resources and better access to health services for transgender and gender variant folks in the East and West Kootenays, including HIV prevention education. Trans Connect also provides educational workshops and resources for service providers, educators, mental health workers, businesses and police in the Kootenays. It supports organizations in changing policies to make them more supportive of transgender and gender variant people.
 
What is the goal/objective of the intervention/program/project?
1.) To increase the knowledge and skills of rural community service providers, health care providers, police, educators, mental health workers and the general public on Trans Awareness
2.) To provide a resource and referral network for trans folk & service providers
3.) To connect rural trans folk to each other and to services in the East and West Kootenays, including peer-support
 
Why was the intervention/program/project originally developed?
The program was developed to provide health, social support and referrals for people who are transgender/transitioning/gender variant in the region. It was also developed to educate and raise awareness in the community, as well as influence policy. The program has extended to address issues around violence, transphobia, and bullying.
 
How was the intervention/program/project developed?
ANKORS operated a “safe spaces” program with a focus on LGBT issues. The present coordinator had been working with a group named “Gender Outlaws” and saw a need for more education and support, as well as for reaching out to trans youth. Many transgender people were moving to the area from urban centers, or moving back to home communities. The coordinator, who had been a previous volunteer, took leadership in applying for funding.

Organization

AIDS Network Kootenay Outreach and Support Society (ANKORS)

Program Type

  • Community
  • Education
  • Individual
  • Counselling
  • Education
  • Testing

Populations Served

  • Service providers
  • Sexual minorities

Contact Information

Name: Christopher Moore
Position: Program Coordinator
Agency: AIDS Network Kootenay Outreach and Support Society (ANKORS)
Phone: 250-505-5506
Email: moore_is_good@yahoo.ca
Website: http://www.ankors.bc.ca/

Location Information: 

British Columbia
The coordinator has an office at ANKORS in Nelson and travels out to other communities in the East and West Kootenays. The website is a form of outreach and a resource hub that extends the program beyond its geographic catchment area.

Virtual

No/Non

Project Resources

Film, presentations and other resources can be shared upon request.

Resources for Program

Human

  • Program coordinator.
  • Advisory group.
  • Volunteers.

Material

  • Films for viewing.
  • Presentations.
  • Resources.

Financial

  • One full-time staff.
  • Transportation for staff member.

Start Date

2009

Duration

Province/Territory: East and West Kootenays, British Columbia The coordinator has an office at ANKORS in Nelson and travels out to other communities. The website is a form of outreach and a resource hub that extends the program beyond its geographic catch

Evaluation

Process monitoring or evaluation

  • Number of workshop participants. Funding reports are written on a six month, yearly and project basis. Internal evaluation mechanisms, such as monthly reports and evaluations from workshops, are in place.

Audience/client feedback and satisfaction

  • Participants evaluate workshops.

Evaluation Terms

Audience/client feedback and satisfaction, Process monitoring or evaluation