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 issues amongst professionals and the general public. We campaign for the recognition of gender dysphoria in young people 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.