We’ve been busy in the background, working towards having a physical presence and community centre in Belfast for some time now. As our work has expanded, and as the number of young people we support has increased, we’ve had a greater and greater need for our own space, with which we can do what we want, and make into a wonderful community resource for trans & non-binary people in Belfast.
We are so, so excited to announce the Belfast Trans Resource Centre. Located on 98 University Street, a stone’s throw from Queen’s University Belfast and accessible by Metro bus services and NI Railways from Botanic Station, it is a pleasant little space with its own door and a lot of potential.
The BTRC will be the home of both us, and our very close friends and allies, SAIL, who support the families of trans & non-binary people of all ages in Northern Ireland. It’ll be a resource for the whole trans community, and will be a venue for drop-ins, community groups, social support and events, among plenty else. The space is step-free and has an accessible bathroom; full accessibility information will be published shortly.
The space is quite sparse currently – we’re aiming to furnish it as soon as possible, and in time, redecorate it to make it super homely and welcoming to everybody. So, we’re putting out a call for donations – we need furniture (see the list below), miscellaneous, and cash donations in all shapes and sizes. We’re also keen to hear from people who are interested in helping get the space off the ground, and for people who’d like to come help us celebrate the opening!
Currently, we need the following furniture & equipment:
- Comfortable sofas
Chairs, stacking preferably
- Bean bags (you can’t have a trans space without beanbags!)
- A bookcase
- Coffee tables
- A large television
- A dishwasher
If you are getting rid of good quality items listed above, we would LOVE to hear from you! We’re also interested in hearing from people selling items at favourable rates – the more choice, the better! Please get in touch if you want to help out!
If you’d like to help support us by sending us a few pounds or dollars to aid in fitting out our space, we’d be extremely grateful. You can donate in plenty of ways, including securely online via PayPal.
We will be announcing a public opening shortly, and will soon be running the majority of our events from the centre. Thanks to everyone who has made this possible, and especially to our community for supporting us so strongly over the past 3 years. We hope the next 3 will be even more fruitful now we have this fantastic space.