Mermaids is passionate about supporting children, young people, and their families to achieve a happier life in the face of great adversity. Mermaids work to raise awareness about gender nonconformity in children and young people amongst professionals and the general public. Mermaids campaign for the recognition of gender dysphoria in young people and lobby for improvements in professional services.

Mermaids has won a number of awards over the last few years, as they have grown their services to address the rising numbers of families and young people contacting us for support.

Mermaids work to:

  • Reduce isolation and loneliness for gender variant and transgender children, young people and their families.
  • Empower families and young people with the tools they need to negotiate the education and health services.
  • Reduce suicidality and self-harm in the young people who contact Mermaids, equip their parents to support their children to the same end.
  • Improve self-esteem and social functioning in gender variant and transgender children, young people.
  • Improve awareness, understanding and practices of GP’s, CAMHS, Social Services and other professionals.


YC Hertfordshire supports young LGBTQ people through 18 LGBTQ projects across the county and through the 'Who not What' group, which represents the voice of the young LGBTQ community of Hertfordshire at a county-wide level.

YC Hertfordshire currently runs 18 LGBTQ projects across the county. They are safe environments where you can meet other LGBTQ young people in Hertfordshire, get support, learn new things and have fun!

Gendered Intelligence

Gendered Intelligence work with the trans community and those who impact on trans lives; they particularly specialise in supporting young trans people under the age of 21.

Gendered Intelligence deliver trans youth programmes, support for parents and carers, professional development and trans awareness training for all sectors and educational workshops for schools, colleges, Universities and other educational settings.

Gendered Intelligence’s mission is to increase understandings of gender diversity.

Gendered Intelligence’s vision is of a world where people are no longer constrained by narrow perceptions and expectations of gender, and where diverse gender expressions are visible and valued.

PDF of the Trans Inclusion Resource List for professionals:


TSG Herts – offering a safe space to meet, central for transport links and accessible for all. It really is in a safe environment and the group love it there, which despite the fact it is very expensive, TSG have chosen to stay.

TSG SOFA (significant others, friends & allies) – this group was formed to provide support for the families, friends and significant others.  This group meets at the same time in a separate room from TSG, in the same building. This has been very well attended and has grown consistently since we started in Sept 2018.

Click HERE to find out more!

Please note Synestra CIC are not endorsing or recommending particular services but rather signposting to services we are aware of and have agreed for us to partner with.

If you are an organisation that provides advice, information or guidance to the trans community and would like to advertise your services on our website, please contact us.

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