Currently, both transoup and our regular meetings take place in an organiser’s house (HQ) in Neville’s Cross, Durham. At the moment, holding food events in houses is our only financially sustainable option, but general meetings could be held elsewhere. We are looking into the accessibility of the new community space in Ustinov college or could hold it in the city itself, depending on specific access requirements. (For example, The Library bar has step-free access but attendees would be required to buy something from the bar.)

Other events may be held in another organiser’s home (The Breakout) which is less accessible than HQ. Events will only be held here if it is known that it doesn’t prevent anyone who was planning on attending from coming.

If you would like any more access information that isn’t listed below, please feel free to contact us.

Event – Transoup

Transoup is a regular social event where trans people in and around Durham come together to share food in a trans-only space. We welcome all trans people over 18, regardless of background, disability, race, religion or sexuality. The event takes place on a Friday and begins at 8pm and finishes between 10pm-midnight, but arrangements can be made to meet someone one-on-one up to 30 minutes beforehand. Please knock on the door and someone will let you in.

Content Warnings
As a group of trans people, sometimes we can discuss topics that are potentially upsetting. We ask all participants to use content warnings in conversation, to give people the opportunity to avoid the discussion, and to remain continuously mindful of the people around them when discussing sensitive topics. Regardless of content warnings, discrimination on any grounds will not be tolerated at any A4TH Durham events.

Food & Drink
We are used to catering for people with allergies so please let us know beforehand if you have any dietary requirements. You should also feel free to bring your own food and drink, and are welcome to prepare it in our kitchen. The majority of our conversation is not food-based and we welcome and support people with disordered eating.

All of our food is vegetarian.

The time food is served can vary due to the complexities of cooking for a large number of people. Please let us know if you need an estimate of timing on the day.

We are an alcohol-free event and instead provide squash and other soft drinks. Please feel free to bring soft drinks to share with others.

All food and drink is free.

Other Information
While we are a trans-only space, cis carers are welcome to attend, but please let us know in advance so that we can let others know.

We are stim-positive and encourage the use of stim toys and sensory tools.

Assistance animals are welcome, but please let us know in advance so that we can let people know who may have allergies or phobias.

We welcome alternative forms of communication, such as mobile tablets or letterboards.

We welcome the use of safety/particulate masks.

Transoup is most often held at “HQ”, but sometimes at “The Breakout”. The access information for these venues are below.

Event – Meetings

We have monthly meetings, normally on the 21st of the month. These events have access breaks every hour for 10 minutes minimum as per our Accessible Meeting Policy.

Meetings are minuted but the names of the people present are not published, only their initials. If you wish to have your initials omitted please let us know.

Anyone attending the meeting is welcome to leave at any time.

While we are a trans-only space, cis carers are welcome to attend as per our Trans Space Policy, but please let us know in advance so that we can let others know.

We are stim-positive and encourage the use of stim toys and sensory tools.

Assistance animals are welcome, but please let us know in advance so that we can let people know who may have allergies or phobias.

We welcome alternative forms of communication, such as mobile tablets or letterboards.

We welcome the use of safety/particulate masks.

Venue – HQ

Getting there
The house is approximately a 1-mile, 25-minute walk from Durham market place, with an elevation of 213ft. There is a bus stop close to the venue at St John’s Church Neville’s Cross, bus stop ID durdmgdt. The following busses operate from the bus station to this stop: 43, 48, 49, 49A, X21, 7, X46. The cost of a single adult ticket from town is £1.20, with a return at £2.

There is space for 1 bicycle to be stored inside and space for others to be stored outside.

There are parking places at the venue, with at least 1 always available. Please contact us if you would like to reserve this space as an access need.

The smallest doorway in the venue is 80cm. There are 2 small steps in front of the doorway.

The Space
Events are held in the living room/kitchen. The lighting is low and flicker-free to reduce sensory stimulation, but can be increased if necessary. There can be some noise from the road outside but this is usually fairly quiet. Most of the noise will come from the cooking process which can include chopping, oven/hob sounds, extractor fan, microwaves and other noises. The kitchen is set away from the seating area so it is not too loud. Quiet music may also be played at the agreement of the participants.

There is one 3-person sofa, one armchair and 4 bar stools. Other than that, many people sit on the floor with cushions. Please let us know if you require priority seating. The room is usually warm and blankets and pillows are available.

Several charging points are available for mobile phones, etc.

Facilities
An access space is available for people to rest, nap, sit in peace, be alone, stim or administer medication. This includes a bed, which attendees can sit or lie on.

There is one gender-neutral bathroom in the venue, which is large enough for wheelchair users and carers to safely manoeuvre in. The bathroom has 2 doors, both of which have locks, a toilet, bath/shower, sink and a large mirror.

Venue – The Breakout

Getting there
The house is approximately a 1.5-mile, 30-minute walk from Durham market place, with an elevation of 233ft. There is a bus stop close to the venue at The Duke of Wellington Neville’s Cross, bus stop ID [to be added]. The following busses operate from the bus station to this stop: 7.

The cost of a single adult ticket from town is £1.20, with a return at £2.

There is space for 3 or 4 bicycles to be stored outside around the back of the house.

There is parking on the road outside this venue at no cost. We cannot reserve parking spaces but the road outside the venue is almost always free. If you are concerned you can contact the organisers on the day to check if the space is free for you to park right outside the house.

The smallest doorway in the venue is 76 cm wide. There are two reasonably large steps up to the door.

The Space
Events are held in the dining room, an outside courtyard, and in the living room. There can be some noise from the road outside but this is usually fairly quiet, and cannot be heard at all from the dining room and kitchen. Most of the noise will come from the cooking process which can include chopping, oven/hob sounds, extractor fan, microwaves and other noises. The kitchen can be shut off by a door to reduce any noise. Quiet music may also be played at the agreement of the participants.

In the living room there is one 3-person sofa, one armchair, a pouffe, and a bean bag that can be brought downstairs. Other than that, many people sit on the floor with cushions. Please let us know if you require priority seating. The lighting in this room is low and flicker-free to reduce sensory stimulation. Light can be increased though if needed.

The dining room has four dining chairs, but desk chairs and stools can be added around the table from around the house. The lighting is brighter by still flicker-free. There are cat bowls on the floor which can be moved to increase the floor space. There is also a litter tray in the corner inside a box. Typically we eat in the living room during Transoup as there’s more space, but use of the dining room is available if eating at a table is needed.

The courtyard is an outside space with a picnic bench that seats 6. At night it is lit by fairy lights and the light coming through the windows indoors, which can mean the brightness is quite low. Typically this space is only used on summers’ evenings when it is bright and warm. There is a step down to get to the courtyard.

The house is typically cool. Blankets and pillows are available, and the heating can be increased upon request.

Several charging points are available for mobile phones, etc. There is wifi which people are welcome to use, though it is not always available.

Facilities
An access space is available upstairs for people to rest, nap, sit in peace, pray/worship, be alone, stim or administer medication. This includes a bed, which attendees can sit or lie on. Various levels of lighting are available in this room.

There is one gender-neutral bathroom in the venue upstairs. The bathroom is large, containing a shower, bath, sink, and toilet, as well as a small face mirror. The lighting is a very bright white in this room.

The door of the bathroom sticks causing people who aren’t very strong to get easily stuck in the room. It also means that a loud noise is made whenever somebody leaves the bathroom. It is therefore advised that people using the bathroom only push the door to – this keeps the door shut completely and safely without getting the door stuck. If this is confusing there are people available to demonstrate.


This content was put together by disabled members of A4TH Durham, with the help of Ellen Murray’s accessibility guide.