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Shane Smart – Drugs and Alcohol Youth Worker

Pronouns: he/him

If a young person in BeLonG To needs information, advice or help I will be there whether it be one to one or I will link them in with other services they may need to access.

The space that BeLonG To have for people to come in and be fully themselves and not be afraid of that, to embrace that and be proud, that’s a lovely thing.

It’s not like anywhere else I’ve ever worked, it’s a warm place to work because everyone is genuinely supporting you and encouraging you. Everyone just wants to see each other shine, there’s nowhere else really like it.

How do you support LGBTI+ young people? 

Through working for equality and being an ally and supporter of the young LGBTI+ people I engage with every day within our service.