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!
Would you like to represent Mermaids at your local Pride? 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, so if you are able to run a Mermaids stall at your local pride, please let us know and we’ll help you with the admin involved and send out a resources pack.
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.
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. We support a number of events during LGBT History Month with stalls and speakers. Please contact our events team if you would like Mermaids to support your LGBT History Month event with either a stall or a speaker.
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. Contact our events team if you would like Mermaids to support your TDoV event with either a stall or a speaker.
Transgender Day of Rememberance
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. Contact the events team if you would like Mermaids to support your TDoR event with either a stall or a speaker.
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 supports a wide range of community events with resources, stalls and speakers. Get in touch to let us know how Mermaids can support your next event.
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.