Volunteer E-Learning


We are delighted to offer you this free online volunteer course to help you learn about inclusive language and feel confident supporting LGBTQ+ young people in your community. We are grateful to Bank of Ireland for supporting this online course. 

This interactive course includes videos, exercises, and quizzes to equip you to become better at listening to, understanding, responding to, and supporting LGBTQ+ young people – ensuring that you become part of a positive story in their lives.

As part of the training, you will learn about:

  • Terminology And Language
  • LGBTQ+ Mental Health
  • Managing Our Own Attitude And Bias
  • Gender And Young People: Non binary And Transgender Identities
  • Coming Out


Who is it for?

The course is targeted at volunteers working directly with young people in the heart of communities around Ireland such as scout leaders, club volunteers, girl guides, and many more.  

How long is the course?

This is a 45-minute online training programme. You can complete the course in one go or over a series of weeks – whatever works best for you.

How much does this cost?

We can provide this training for free, thanks to the support of our generous funders Bank of Ireland.

What do I get?

As well as a host of new information and skills to inform your work with LGBTQ+ young people, we will provide you with a handy training book. Those who complete the training will receive a certificate to display showing that you welcome, accept and support LGBTQ+ young people. 

How to sign up:

  1. Visit www.training.belongto.org/learn
  2. Select the course: Volunteer E-learning
  3. Click the button ‘Create new account’.

Learning Outcomes

We hope at the end of this course participants will:

  • Know the challenges faced by LGBTQ+ young people in Ireland.
  • Understand that the vast majority of us have some subconscious biases regarding LGBTQ+ and learn techniques to manage these.
  • Develop confidence in responding appropriately if a young person comes out to them.
  • Understand language and terminology relating to sexuality and gender.
  • Know how to support a young person who is questioning their gender identity (e.g. that they are trans or non-binary).
  • Know how to challenge homophobic or transphobic language if they hear it.
  • Know what steps to take to make their organisation more inclusive of LGBTQ+ young people.