Our events team works to embrace, educate and empower gender diverse young people and their families by hosting weekend residentials, collaborating with organisations to raise awareness of transgender issues and celebrating what it is to be transgender at Prides across the UK.
Over 1,200 people have walked through the door of a Mermaids weekend residential since 2014, with an 850% increase in guests between 2014 and 2019. Increasingly, some of our residentials get fully booked just 1.5 minutes after tickets have been released!
There are now over 100 pride events in the UK and we recognise the importance of each and every one of them as embodying the spirit of LGBT+ protest and celebration. We would love to be represented at all of them but need help from local volunteers to do so. If you would like to help Mermaids support a Pride event as a volunteer, then please get in touch.
Please be aware that support will be subject to relevant Covid-19 restrictions at the time.
Our national residential weekends are open to families with gender diverse children up to (and including) the age of 19. There is no minimum age for children, and siblings are welcome. We also welcome young people who may not have a parent or guardian to accompany them and we put the necessary safeguards in place when this is the case.
These safe, inclusive weekends provide an opportunity for families and young people to relax in an environment that is free from judgement and where the everyday pressure to conform or explain is removed.
Please be aware that Residentials will be reviewed and considered in light of any relevant Covid-19 restrictions at the time.
LGBT History Month
LGBT History Month is an annual month-long observance of LGBT history and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements. It spans the whole of February in the UK. If you would like to help Mermaids support an LGBT History Month event as a volunteer, then please get in touch.
Transgender Day of Visibility
International Transgender Day of Visibility (TDoV) is an annual event occurring on 31st March dedicated to raising awareness of discrimination faced by transgender people worldwide, as well as a celebration of their contributions to society. If you would like to help Mermaids support a TDoV event as a volunteer, then please get in touch.
Transgender Day of Remembrance
Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR), observed annually on 20th November, is a day to memorialise those who have been lost to us as a result of transphobia and to draw attention to the continued violence endured by transgender people. If you would like to help Mermaids support a TDoR event as a volunteer, then please get in touch.
Every year, we take time to review the services that Mermaids provides and the contributions it has made to changing the lives of gender diverse children and young people. We welcome parents and young people to attend to help us celebrate, feed ‘forward’ and guide our work into the future.
Mermaids is always looking for volunteers to help support a wide range of community events and stalls. If you would like to volunteer then please get in touch.
Mermaids can support your corporate events with resources, stalls and speakers. Get in touch with our corporate events team to let us know how Mermaids can support your next event.