Support U Receives Stonewall Training Approval

Support U, has become a Stonewall training partner for their train the trainer courses within the Thames Valley and the South-West. Support U is one of 60 organisations around the country to offer this stonewall training.

The train the trainer courses look to equip schools and their staff the knowledge and skills in order to tackle Homophobic, Biphobic and Transphobic (HBT) bullying. The main focus is to develop the confidence and skills of school teachers in being able to tackle such bullying as well as celebrating the differences and diversity within schools. The course also helps schools and teachers to understand the legal and Ofsted requirements under ongoing changes to the law and inspection frameworks. With separate courses for Primary and Secondary schools the initiative is part of the department for educations focus on tackling HBT bullying within young people.

Homophobic bullying is the second most frequent form of bullying in schools after bullying about weight. 55 per cent of lesbian, gay and bisexual young people say they have experience homophobic bullying. Nine in ten teachers want to tackle the problem, but have never been trained on how to prevent and respond to homophobic bullying. Research conducted by the University of Cambridge highlight the detrimental impact this is having on the future of school children with attendance, attainment and future educational choices being effected.

Support U CEO Andrew Stonehill-Brookes; “We are really proud that Support U has become a Stonewall training partner. Homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying is a major problem within schools and is a problem that looks set to continue. Here at Support U we have a wealth of knowledge and experience in dealing with homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying putting us in a good position to deliver this training.”

For more information about these courses or to book on one of these courses please look at the train the trainer section of the website at:


International Transgender Day of Visibility

The 31st March is International Transgender Day of Visibility, a day to celebrate and empower the Trans* community.

TDoV is not just a celebration of the Transgender population, but also aims to raise awareness of the Trans* community and tackle the transphobia and discrimination faced by many.

Transgender Day of Visibility was founded by Michigan based Trans* activist Rachel Crandell in 2009, in response to the lack of LGBT+ days that celebrate the Transgender and Transsexual community. The only other well-known day focusing on Transgender related issues is the Transgender Day or Remembrance, which mourns the loss of transgender people who have fallen victim of hate crime.31

In keeping with today, we bring you Sophie, a local resident to Reading and a member of the Trans* community. She is fortunate to work within the IT industry where both the company and her colleagues are accepting and supportive of her.

Here at Support U we offer support, guidance and friendship to those who are or think they may identify within the Trans* Community, through our R-Trans group who meet on the 2nd Saturday of every month.

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Thank you for a LUSH weekend!

This weekend we’ve had the privilege of working with the fantastic team over at Lush, The Oracle.

Over the weekend the 100% proceeds of Lush’s charity pot of hand & body lotion go directly to Support U (minus VAT).

Engagement Manager for Support U, Nick Musson, said:

These occasions are very important for Support U to be able to reach a wider community and raise awareness, whilst benefitting from the hard work that Lush does for charities.

We would like to say a huge thank you to the Lush team for looking after us and making us feel so welcome over the weekend.