Mermaids offer support to children and young people who feel at odds with their birth gender. Parents and professionals can also access Mermaids services. Support services include a telephone helpline, on-line forums and residential weekends.

The Grandparents’ Association

The Grandparents’ Association is a national charity offering support and advice to grandparents. They can help if you are bringing up grandchildren or need advice on issues relating to grandchildren.

Stand Alone

Stand Alone offers support services to adults that are estranged from their family or children. Services include support groups and therapeutic workshops, support for students having difficulties with student finance and accessing accommodation over the summer period and information about adult foster families.

Family Lives

Family Lives is a national charity working with and for parents and their families. It runs a 24 hour confidential helpline for parents as well as an email support service. Other services include parenting groups and workshops, a wide range of information materials and training for professionals support working with families.


The NSPCC aims to end cruelty to children. It has 177 community-based projects and runs the Child Protection Helpline and ChildLine in the UK and the Channel Islands.

Contact the Elderly

Contact the Elderly is a national charity helping people over the age of 75 who live alone and are socially isolated. Small local groups use volunteer drivers who each pick up one or two older people from their own homes. They take them to the home of a volunteer home once a month for Sunday… Read more

LGBT Foundation

The LGBT Foundation is a charity providing a range of services, advice and information.  The charity offers face to face services in Manchester, such as counselling, a befriending scheme, advice surgery, mental health clinic and pop-in service but also has a telephone and email advice service which can be accessed nationally.  The website has information on a whole range of issues… Read more