Volunteering & Fundraising

Here at Mermaids, we are funded by charitable foundations and independant donations. You can help to make a big difference by raising money for Mermaids charity.

You can donate directly by clicking here, or you could create a charity event and raise money that way. You could ask people to sponsor you to do something sporty or fun - our charity sponsor page on BT MyDonate can be found by clicking here and then select 'Create a fundraising page'. Our fundraisers are supporting us in lots of ways, for instance; running marathons, organising bake sales, holding raffles and throwing themselves out of planes (with a parachute). 

Volunteering:
If you would like to be more 'hands on' you can volunteer directly with us. All of our volunteers are enhanced DBS checked and have to complete an application form and have references checked, and an interview. If you are interested i becoming one of our invaluable volunteers, please email volunteer@mermaidsuk.org.uk with a completed volunteer application form that you can download here

Our volunteers contribute their time in a variety of roles - Here are some examples of the work you could do for Mermaids:

Helpline operator:
We need more volunteers to help us to provide a quality service, with a 2 day training course and supervision and support provided. We ask for a minimum commitment of 2 to 3 hours per week.

Email support service:
Answer emails from a variety of different sources, responding with information, signposting to resources and organisations plus offering emotional support and opportunities for parents and young people to access Mermaids other services. Training, supervision and support is given, and we ask for a minimum commitment of 2 to 3 hours per week.

Teens and parents groups moderations and checks:
All new members of the forums are checked thoroughly and then ongoing moderation of posts is provided. Could you help us with this? Training, supervision and support is provided, and we ask for an hour a day as this post needs to be responsive.

Weekend and day events/groups volunteers:
We need people to help with catering, cleaning up, supporting the Mermaids staff and volunteers at events spread out throughout the year including Prides, our residential weekends, our local groups and other events.

Local Groups:
We need more local groups around the country for parents and young people to get together. Training, support and supervision is given. Meetings are once a month, often weekends, to allow for parents to bring children and young people with them. We look for spaces with at least 2 rooms to allow some privacy.