Youth Work Ireland and its Member Youth Services provide direct youth work supports and services to LGBT+ young people, who either identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender or, are questioning their sexuality. Our clubs, projects and youth groups provide young LGBT+ people with a safe space where they can hang out with their peers in a safe environment where they can meet, relax, talk, listen to music, and participate in games and organised social and educational activities, supported by trained and professional youth practitioners.Through our services we address issues and concerns that affect LGBT young people and help increase the self-confidence and self acceptance of LGBT young people. We also work with other community groups, organisations and schools to increase awareness about homophobic bullying and discrimination.
Youth Work Ireland has produced two resources to raise awareness of trans issues and how socieity and those working with young trans people, can support them. In recent years Ireland has become a more inclusive society with the passing of equality-based referenda and legislation, however young trans people, particularly those living in rural areas continue to face high levels of transphobic bullying, social anxiety, discrimination and isolation.
Youth Work Ireland is now responding to this need by facilitating youth work with trans young people and developing resources to promote this as a normal mainstream part of youth work throughout Ireland. We were delighted to work with our friends in TENI in producing these publications.
How to be an ally to young trans people - Poster
Guide to supporting young trans people living in rural Ireland
The “Breakout” project is an example of our commitment to the LGBT community ‘BreakOut’ is an LGBT group for 16-23yr olds in Donegal established in 2009 when a range of professional agencies got together to begin to address the issues affecting young LGBT people across the county. The project is a responsive and reactive project designed to offer young LGBT people a safe space to meet and socialise. The breakout group meets every week at the Donegal Youth Service headquarters.
Smily is a youth project focused on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered young people between the ages of 14 & 23 years. Smily offers a weekly drop-in service based in Sligo and provides training, information and supports to LGBT+ young people. Smily provides a safe and fun environment where LGBT+ young people can be who they are, and can socialise with like minded people in an accepting space.
Luck Out is a safe space for young LGBTI+ people between the ages of 15-24 run by Youth Work Ireland Laois.
MOUty LGBT Drop In is a support service for young LGBT+ young people in the Monaghan area. It offers support in a non judgemental environment to young LGBT+ people up to the age of 25 in Monaghan. Through contact on line we hope to support young LGBT people and those quesioning their sexuality. Find out more>>
The aim of the group is to allow young people who identify as Trans+ to meet and socialise in a safe, supportive environment that is free from prejudice, discrimination and social exclusion. The group has a programme of fun activities which are chosen by members of the group. One of the activities the group are involved in is planning a youth youth event for Pride Limerick. Find out more>>
shOUT! is a group that works with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Transgender or questioning young people aged 14-17 years of age in the Galway region. Through weekly social meetings, shOUT aims to provide a place where young LGBT people can be themselves and socialise with their peers in an open and accepting environment, thus empowering the youth of the west and encouraging a similar attitude in society at large. The project aims to promote friendships with peers, to provide an experience of inclusion, acceptance, and social justice. The project also works to address issues and concerns affecting all young people today. Find out more>>
OUTstanding Tipperary is a group for LGBT+ young people and friends aged 14-18 to hang out in a safe informal setting to have fun. Our group meets once a month in various locations around Tipperary County.
LGBT youth club - Tullamore
Kerry Youth Pride is a support network for young LGBT+ i15 - 21 years based in Tralee. The group started in Autumn 2011 and has receivced professional training from KDYS and Belong To. The KDYS is facilitating the group through its staff and venue.
'UP Cork' is a youth project for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender & questioning (LGBTQ) young people aged 15-23 years. The project provides one-to-one and group support to allow LGBTQ young people to safely engage with confidence building, personal development, peer support and making friends. It also affords young people a space where they can experience inclusion, acceptance, social justice, fun and safety. The group meets on a weekly basis. Programme activities to date have included a series of short-term projects such as drama, self-defence, drug awareness, mental health / peer support and come dine with me. We also have long-term projects such as the rap project and the youth exchange programme.
ChillOUT Youth Project works with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT+) young people in Waterford City and the Southeast. the aim of Chill Out is to provide a safe, supportive community where LGBT+ young people are accepted and appreciated for who they are, encouraged to take pride in themselves, where awareness of LGBT+ issues are raised and addressed and where young people have a say and take charge of running their own affairs. Find out more>>
Wexford LGBT Youth support meets weekly FDYS on Francis street Wexford , and support young LGBT+ young people aged 16-25 years. This is a group LGBT+ young people to meet other young people, make friends, talk about things important to them and have fun! Find out more>>
KLGBT Youth Group is a Drop In Centre run by Kildare Youth Services (KYS) for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) Young people from 14-21 years of age. This Drop In Centre is free of charge for Young People from County Kildare and it will take place every Saturday from 3:30 - 5:30pm in Kildare Youth Services, Charlotte mall, Newbridge. A Drop In Centre is a safe place for Young People to hang out with their peers in a safe environment with support from members of the KYS Youth Work Team and trained volunteers. Young People will have the opportunity to use facilities such as X-box, Wii, Pool, Board Games and also have the opportunity to hang out with your friends and meet new young people. Find out more>>
MUI (My Unique Individuality) is an exciting LGBT Youth Group at Carlow Regional Youth Services. The group meets weekly in the Vault Burrin Street and is a space for LGBT+ young people to meet other young people, make friends, talk about things important to them and have fun! Find out more>>
Open Door Youth Project
Open Door Youth Group is a gay-straight youth alliance. The group is open to all gay or straight young people between the age of 12 and 18 who would like to participate in a fun and exciting LGBT friendly environment. The group meets weekly in Ossory Youth and the strength in Open Door is the young people involved in the group and the steering committee and why it has been growing in membership. Find out more>>
Youth Work Ireland Meath (YWIM) with the support Outcomers is continuing the implementation of a youth (under 18s) LGBT support service. Identified as a group which had no support services available in the county, the aim is to provide a safe space where LGBT teens can socialise, take part in a series of programmes aimed at their needs and access information in a safe and secure setting. Find out more>>
For the past two years Youth Work Ireland and Belong To Youth Services have brought together LGBT+ youth groups from all across Ireland to march in Dublin’s Pride parade. The group, consisting of various clubs and projects from a National Network and was the largest ever single group of young people marching under one banner ‘Transforming young LGBT lives’ at Dublin Pride.
The two organisations, who have a longstanding partnership working with LGBT+ young people around Ireland, have ramped up their support for this Pride parade and efforts to facilitated all young people who wished to march and celebrate the recent gains for LGBT+ young people over the last number of years.
We will again be marching in Pride 2018 on June 30th... watch this space