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RESIDENTIAL WEEKENDS

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Thank you, Mermaids, for explaining and showing me lots, in such a friendly environment. I’m so grateful.”

Parent, residential attendee

Happy, laughing children everywhere; what more could you ask for?!”

Parent, residential attendee

What do the weekends consist of?

A variety of speakers are invited to attend, not only to show that being transgender is something to be celebrated, but to empower and enable families and young people to access the best care possible. Entertaining activities are laid on for the young and not-so-young and there are opportunities to learn from professionals, peers and people at various stages of their gender journeys.

Details of the dates for our residential weekends and booking links are published on our community forums, so you must be registered on the forums to access this information. 

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What can I expect on a residential weekend?

Mermaids weekends run from Friday afternoon to Sunday lunchtime, and are an opportunity to come together and share life experiences, make friends, and relax, in a safe space. They are also fun, life affirming and informative. Don’t take our word for it, here are some quotes from attendees:

Met new friends. Met some truly inspirational people. Felt like we belonged. Had some fantastic conversations. All my questions have been answered. Such a lovely place to come, the environment is amazing”

Parent, residential 2019

I remember meeting a lot of new friends, and all the activities and crafts were exciting for us all. Eating together and chatting was a really relaxed way of getting to know people. I remember not wanting to leave my first one!”

Young person aged 12

Some wonderful, fun and friendly young adults, who are positive role models for the younger kids and very inspiring! Informative & honest talks that are relevant & very helpful.”

Parent, residential 2019

Life as a transgender, non-binary or gender diverse young person can be challenging, and we know that the same applies for supportive parents/carers, who often have to run the gamut of peoples well meaning if ignorant curiosity. Mermaids residential weekends are a safe space; a way to press pause on the rest of the world, knowing that everyone you meet within those few days understands. Their journey may not be the same as yours, their lives impacted in different ways, but the one thing you can count on is the sense of community, and unhesitating and complete inclusion of all trans young people and their families.

That evening there was a kind of magic.  After a lovely meal, everyone was just milling about chatting I found myself listening to other’s stories, telling ours, swapping stories about things I couldn’t talk about anywhere else, it felt like I spent the whole evening laughing.  I laughed until my tummy hurt … it was a huge release of tension. I didn’t have to try to “fit in” these people understood what I was going through … every bit of it. 

Parent, residential 2019