Merseyside Police supports Merseyside Mermaids launch

Merseyside Police is supporting a new specialist support group for the families dealing with the challenges of gender diversity.

Mermaids launches its Merseyside group on Saturday (22 April) with the aim of achieving the best possible outcome for gender variant children and young people.

The provision of local support groups is one of the key components of the service Mermaids will provide.

Mermaids is supported by Barclays and other national and local organisations, including Merseyside Police.

Merseyside Police will work closely with Mermaids and in partnership with other Trans+ networks to demonstrate a real commitment to a better society for Trans+ young people.

Chief Inspector Paul Court of Merseyside Police said: "We are proud to be supporting the launch of Mermaids on Merseyside.

"We have made a clear commitment to the Trans Community and our partnership with Mermaids goes some way to achieving it. This is part of our wider community-first ethos

"We wish Mermaids in Merseyside every success in supporting young people and their families and we are looking forward to working with them."

Jan Sampson of Mermaids Merseyside said:  “Mermaids is passionate about achieving the best possible outcome for gender variant children and young people, and the provision of local support groups is one of the key components to the service we provide.

"Our aim is to forge stronger links within the community to enable young people and their families to access vital services when needed and by being supported by Barclays and other national and local organisations, including Merseyside Police shows we are part of a bigger network of support for our young people”

For more information on Mermaids and to access help from the group visit their new website at www.mermaidsuk.org.uk