Providing safe spaces for families to get together, make friends and benefit from peer-to-peer support. We’re constantly working to open new groups to ensure that we can offer support across the country.
Online conversations are incredibly valuable, but I know from personal experience how important it was for me to meet other families face to face; there is a unique sense of relief to find out you are not alone, and some of my best friends were made in these spaces.”Susie (she/her), CEO of Mermaids
Find Your Nearest Group
We currently have 9 local groups around the country meeting every month and run by volunteers who ensure that everyone who attends feels welcome and supported.
We’re constantly working to open new groups to ensure that we can offer support across the country.
We currently have groups in Birmingham, Essex, Liverpool, London, Malvern, Manchester, North Staffordshire, Portsmouth and Reading.
Our local groups are only open to people who are on our online forums.
You can apply to join the parents forum by clicking here.
You can apply to join the youth forum by clicking here.
Covid-19 made face-to-face meetings tough, but it gave us the inspiration to launch virtual groups, due to people being spread across the country.
The ‘What now?’ Sessions
These friendly, reassuring sessions offer a safe space for parents whose children have recently come out to ask questions and chat things through with other people who are in a similar place. They are open to parents registered for our online community.
The sessions have been brilliant. They have really helped me to support my daughter better. I feel much more confident and positive about the future.Parent, What now? Session
It was so good to meet other parents, find out that we all have similar struggles with language, acceptance, fear of the future.Parent, What now? Session
Everyone is so lovely and welcoming, it’s a great atmosphere and a welcome break from my day.Young person, youth drop-in
I joined the youth drop in to meet and talk to people with similar experiences and be in a group that doesn’t judge and question you. I really enjoy the random chats we’ve had and the general fun and laughter.Young person, youth drop-in
Youth Forum drop-in
During 2020 we added youth drop-ins to our calendar of virtual events. These informal sessions allow members of our youth forum to meet virtually, faciltated by our local groups leader, Bek. We play games, chat and generally catch up with each other.
Our local groups are run by a fantastic group of volunteers who ensure all are made to feel welcome, whether it’s their first time attending or 100th! It’s an important role, and we are always looking for new volunteers to facilitate our local groups.