Thank you so much for visiting our campaign page. We're a small charity and we've been working as hard as we can for 25 years to support trans kids but it's difficult sometimes when coverage in the press is so negative. We wish everyone could see the smiles on the faces of children who come to one of our residential weekends. We wish people were able to listen to parents and young people calling our helpline, desperately seeking some kind of love and reassurance that things are going to be okay. But these aren't the stories being told in the media.
That's why we're asking for your help. We want to increase funding for our helpline at weekends so a day doesn't go by without available support for those who so desperately need it.
We want to help more families come to our special weekends, whether or not they can afford to travel.
We want to create our own discussion around trans and gender diversity issues by working on a ground-breaking podcast series, helping our young people to learn about the media and speak for themselves.
Please help us by making a donation, no matter how small, and sharing our campaign.
With your help, we hope to be here for another 25 years.
According to our research, the amount of negative coverage of transgender kids over the last 8 years has grown massively and we've seen the damage it can do to vulnerable young people who are already struggling to be accepted at school, in public and even at home.
We want to change the conversation by helping our service users to tell their stories without being ignored, misquoted or ridiculed.
Letting kids and young people be silenced is not an option for us. Next year, we celebrate our 25th anniversary and over the last quarter of a century, we've seen many of our service users grow from timid, unhappy kids into proud, successful adults. But we've also seen the heartbreaking consequences when a young person feels ignored, misunderstood, afraid, abandoned and exhausted.
Our kids and teenagers have stories to tell. So do our parents. They deserve to be heard.
Mermaids is a UK based charity, founded in 1995. We support transgender, gender diverse and gender questioning children and provide support services for parents. We believe children and young people need love and support no matter what path they choose. We work to raise awareness about gender nonconformity in young people among professionals and the general public, and we campaign for improvements in professional services.
For the last 25 years, Mermaids has gone from a group of parents around a kitchen table to a fast-growing charity helping thousands of people every year. Through education, parental support and understanding, we want all young people who interact with us to be equipped with the tools they need to thrive, even in the face of adversity.
Our Helpline, which is aided by our volunteers, gives parents and young people a direct form of contact with someone who's trained to listen to them.
Parent support groups provide a forum for adults to ask questions and learn how to listen to their child in a meaningful way, guiding them through difficult interactions with family, schools and doctors so their child doesn’t have to.
We host training sessions for professionals in schools, medical fields, and other environments to ensure that they know how to best respect trans and gender variant people, especially children.
Our residential retreats provide a safe space for children and young people to explore who they are and connect with a wider community.
If we raise enough, we're talking to one of the UK's biggest advertising companies about taking over billboards:
We're also working with one of the broadcast industry's most celebrated podcast production companies on a groundbreaking podcast series, giving trans kids and their families the chance to tell their own stories on their own terms.
We believe that by supporting children and young people with their gender, they'll have room to thrive in other aspects of their lives. Relieving the pressure, discomfort and fear associated with gender nonconformity means these children will be able to flourish. Showing the positive side of this journey is the best remedy for sensationalist media stories - it proves that there's more to our service users than their gender. Like any kids, they have hobbies, passions and experiences that extend way beyond being trans, non-binary or gender questioning.
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