- Last Updated on Friday, 31 July 2015 11:56
We have been shortlisted in the National Diversity Awards of 2015! Thank you for all the support and the votes we received, it is deeply appreciated. From 20,000 nominees we have made it to the final 6 for the Community Organisation Award for LGBT.
We were able to view the comments from the people who voted for us, and it was truly heart-warming to read how the support that we provide has changed people’s lives. Let’s keep our fingers crossed, the final award giving ceremony is being held on the 18th September – wish us luck!
We are updating our website!
This site will continue to operate for the next couple of months, and then we will be launching our new site, with a brighter, simpler interface that will improve the user experience. In the meantime, we wanted to update you on some recent developments, plus reaffirm what we offer.
Mermaids is a support group for children and young people up to 19 years old suffering with issues with their gender identity, and their families, friends, and wider networks, such as school, youth groups, or medical professionals.
You may be a parent trying to support and enable your child, whilst needing some support yourself, or you may be a young person feeling isolated and alone because you don’t know who to talk to or where to turn. We deal with all aspects of gender identity; from those adamant they are in the wrong body, to those who feel they don’t fit as either male or female. Gender is a spectrum.
We operate a helpline as many hours as we can, and have recently received funding towards the helpline costs from Awards for All and the Allen Lane Foundation.
Awards for All have donated £10,000.00 towards helpline operator hours
The Allen Lane Foundation have donated £3,000.00.
This has enabled us to extend the hours that the helpline is manned, and we have already seen a significant increase in calls answered, so we are able to assist more young people and families in need. The Beaumont Society also gifted £1,500.00 towards a more professional platform for our helpline, which we will be moving towards over the next month. Many thanks to our sponsors, your support is vital to the work we do.
Help Line: (0208) 1234819
Alternatively if you cannot access the helpline, then email us at:
Registered Charity: Mermaids - Registered Charity No. 1160575