Recruitment & Growth
Mermaids and the escalating demand for support
Mermaids is passionate about supporting children, young people, and their families to achieve a happier life in the face of great adversity. We work to raise awareness about gender diversity in children and young people amongst professionals and the general public. We campaign for the recognition and lobby for improvements in professional services.
Demand for our services began to increase dramatically in 2014, and at that point plans were made by the board to professionalise and grow the charity to cope with that increase. Since that point, we have been actively training more volunteers, raising the profile of Mermaids to gain support, and speaking to funders including grant making trusts. We have recieved a number of smaller grants to help us to grow in a sustainable manner, and in January 2016, our first paid post was created, with a CEO employed to continue to steer the charity and grow provision of existing services but to also expand on those services.
We have since added to the team with an additional 2 Helpline Manager/Operator posts, to expand and develop the frontline support provision, funded by a grant from Children in Need, and a trainer to continue to expand the work we do in schools.
If you want to find out more about how you can volunteer for Mermaids, please visit our Volunteer information page
New post - overview
As a growing charity Mermaids has been successful in raising awareness of the difficulties facing transgender children and young people, and campaigning for better education, treatment and acceptance of the same. The work that we do has expanded, and we now need an effective and skilled in house legal support person to provide guidance for families and young people facing discrimination and prejudice. As a part of the role, the successful candidate will also be expected to oversee and develop a legal framework for Mermaids to grow this offering, including developing a network of legal support, delivering training and keeping up to date with the latest legislation, working hand in hand with the CEO.
For the full role description and details of how to apply, please download the full role description here.