Mermaids is a charity and support group for children and teenagers who have their own gender identity issues (of any kind) and their families, friends, professionals etc. It is mainly comprised of parents, with some of the young people we have helped in the past lending a hand. It is a small group, spread thinly all over the UK, so it is hard to have regular meetings in all areas. The only area where regular meetings are held is in London, as there's a greater concentration of committee and members who can reach the venue. Mermaids has have been active for over 10 years. It offers no professional counselling or services - just support and information based on personal experiences. This can be done over the phone, by email, or on the two yahoo groups that they run (one for teens, one for parents). They do try to put people in touch with others who are/have been in similar situations, as it really helps to talk to people who know what you're on about.
helpline 07020 935066 3-7pm Mon-Sat if staffed.
Postal address: BM Mermaids, London, WC1N 3XX
Helpline number is 08452 60 44 60
Admin number is 08452 60 55
Broken Rainbow LGBT domestic violence service is working to change the situation for LGBT people experiencing domestic violence.
It runs a UK-wide listening, information and signposting Helpline Service, staffed by LGBT people. The helpline is for LGBT people experiencing same-sex domestic violence, homophobic domestic violence, biphobic domestic violence, transphobic domestic violence and their families and friends.
Out For Our Children
Out For Our Children is a group of London lesbian parents producing books and resources that reflect their children's lives and family experiences. A child needs love, support and acceptance for who they are and where they come from: they believe that inclusive books and other materials are an essential part of that support.
They want to see:
Nurseries, playgroups and schools that welcome their children
Books that reflect their children's reality
A school curriculum that includes them and educates everyone
Schools and early years settings that address prejudice and homophobia
46 The Green, South Bar Street, Banbury Oxfordshire, OX16 9A
Admin Line: 01295 752240
Helpline: 0844 848 7900
Fax Line: 01295 752241
Adoption UK helps to make adoptions work and promotes loving and supportive relationships between children and their adoptive families. It provides independent support, information and advice on good practice to all concerned with adoption. In particular, it offers a wealth of relevant experience from generations of adoptive families to prospective and established adopters and to all those who work with them.
Educational Action Challenging Homophobia
Young People's UK Freephone Helpline: 0808 1000 143
Helpline Officer: 0117 9467607
Administration: 0117 9467607
EACH is the award-winning charity for young people and adults affected by homophobia.
Their national freephone Helpline for young people affected by homophobic bullying is available 10am to 5pm weekdays and 10am to midday on Saturdays. It gives callers the opportunity to receive confidential help and support.
EACH's Helpline also provides a confidential homophobic incident reporting Helpline for everyone who lives, works or travels across the West of England or the London borough of Lewisham.
For more information about EACH go to: www.eachaction.org.uk
GIRES (Gender Identity Research and Education Society)
Warren, Ashtead, Surrey KT21 2SP
Tel: 01372 801554 Fax: 01372 272297
Registered Charity No. 1068137
GIRES' primary mission is to improve the circumstances in which trans people live, by changing the way that society treats them.
It’s aim is to generate supportive attitudes among all those who can make those improvements happen.
Its membership does not include only trans people. There is an equal number of non trans people, who are family members or, for other reasons, wish to support GIRES' work.
For more information about GIRES, go to: www.gires.org.uk
Depend is an organisation offering free, confidential and non-judgemental advice, information and support to all family members, spouses, partners and friends of transsexual people in the UK.
Private Depend Support Lists are for non-TS people only. This is so they have a safe space in which to feel free to post about anything at all without worrying that they may be offending someone on the list who may be trans.
For more information about Depend go to: www.depend.org.uk
7 York Court, Wilder Street, Bristol BS2 8HQ
Central Helpline no: 0845 652 0311
Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays is a national organisation with 18 telephone help lines across the UK’ and parents' support groups which hold regular meetings.
It is dedicated to supporting parents and their gay, lesbian and bisexual sons and daughters.
FFLAG members are parents of lesbian, gay or bisexual sons and daughters.
For more information go to: www.fflag.org.uk
Gay Surrey Charity has been helping support the gay community in Surrey for two years. They have a detailed website, covering everything from going out in Surrey to staying in, from up to date factual advice regarding health and welfare through to advice regarding Civil Partnership. They also run events, from the monthly Over 30s nights at their own IDAHO meeting – see www.gaysurrey.org
One support group recently established, of which they are particularly proud, is the Gay Surrey Parents Network Group. They have two groups running within Surrey, one in Reigate and one in Woking. They meet every month to network and meet like minded gay parents. Their groups are friendly and fun, held in a private arena where parents can talk openly and where children can meet other children within a similar family environment. By this, they hope to reduce the feeling of isolation on the parts of both parent and child alike, and children of all ages attend. Since the Parents’ Group first started, they have seen the numbers of gay parents attending increase, and feel this is a strong reflection of the ever changing family structure.