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Team GIDS: our stakeholder group

Team GIDS is our stakeholders group: a fun and active group made up of young people who attend GIDS.

Young people and staff work together to improve the experiences of those who use our service, as well as to increase awareness of gender issues in young people by a wider community of professionals and members of the public.

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At the moment group meets online, usually around once per month.

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If you are interested in joining please contact us to find out more.

Next meetings

Contact GIDSPPI@tavi-port.nhs.uk if you would like to attend a future group.

What has the group done so far?

Since the group’s beginnings in 2014 we have:

  • Designed posters about pronoun use for Leeds Teaching Hospital
  • Included young people from the group in the recruitment of new staff in the service, particularly on interview panels once they have had some training and preparation for this
  • Influenced the development of our website, including the service’s branding and the website’s functions and content
  • Met with the Producers and Director from Century Films to advise on the content and processes around their filming of the service
  • Met with the Trust’s communications team to advise on key messages about the service and people’s experiences of gender diversity
  • Included young people in media requests and internal and external communications opportunities, having first provided training and support
  • Met with and encouraged various researchers on how to establish new projects around young people’s experiences of gender diversity as well as how to boost the recruitment of participants to existing projects
  • Provided feedback to the Trust’s Equalities Committee on how to gather information on gender identity and how best to phrase questions for service users

We have also supported the GIDS to: 

  • Tailor messages to different groups (e.g. professionals in different contexts, members of the public and young people) when delivering CPD events or communicating with them
  • Identify relevant themes for the Young Persons’ Groups
  • Consider key issues relevant to the development of the new service specifications

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