Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Sunday November 29 2015–Speech and Portrait Modification

We had a really pleasant evening at the Surrey Swans this week.

Louise Milner-Smith who is a Voice and Speech Coach, Qualified Speech and Language Therapist visited us and talked about the work that she has done and continues to do in the area of voice modification, particularly in relation to transgender people.


The kind of topics that Louise covered included:


-        Who am I

-        What do I do

-        Background & relevant experience

Getting help – what matters most?

-        Qualifications

-        Experience

-        Cost

-        Location – hospital / clinic or private setting

-        Length of initial appointment & follow-up appointment

-        Group or One to One

-        Face to face or online (including video consultation)

Which voice for you – how to decide?

How to look after your voice – general tips

Open forum questions & answers

It was really interesting and helpful.

Louise has a strong personal commitment to helping Transgender people. It was great to meet her and spend some time talking with her.

There are contact details for Louise here if you’d like to find out more.

After speaking with us Louise stayed for the rest of the evening chatting with people.

Here’s Louise with Linda and Adele.

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We also had a visit from Ernielson Limbo. Ernielson is a second year  BA Photography student at the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham. Ernielson is working on a project on The Third Gender. Part of this involves merging portrait photographs of people with the text of things they have said to produce abstract representations.

Once the images are available I’ll post a link to them.

It was great to meet Ernielson, and once he had the portraits and text that he needed he stayed around and chatted with people.

Here’s Gina, Mia and Laura with Ernielson.

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We had a visit from a film crew of students way back in November 2013 as described here.

Monday, 26 October 2015

October 2015

There were about 16 of us at the meeting this past Sunday, with 2 girls visiting us for the first time.It’s always a real pleasure to meet new people.

We also had a visit from Michelle who told us a bit about the work that she does. It was lovely to meet her and listen to her. She is a stylist who is keen on helping people to have a positive mind-set and to realise their own beauty and greatness. We really hope that she will be able to visit us again sometime soon.

Monday, 20 July 2015

June 2015

There was a smaller than usual gathering of girls at the meeting in June. Nevertheless, it was a very enjoyable evening.

The weather had been fairly good that day so we sat out a while. Here are a few of us: