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National Network of LGBTQ+ Youth Workers

Are you a Youth Worker who supports LGBTQ+ young people? Would you like to join an empowering, supportive space to share resources and best practice? 

The National Network of LGBTQ+ youth groups support Youth Workers to create safe spaces close to home for LGBTQ+ youth across Ireland. 

Since 2007, we have worked in partnership with national youth organisations such as Foróige, Crosscare, Youth Work Ireland and local youth and community services that provide LGBTQ+ youth groups to create a standardised model of LGBTQ+ youth work and best practice across Ireland. 

LGBTQ+ young people live in communities, towns and cities across every county in Ireland. The aim of the National Network is to ensure that these young people have access to dedicated, high-quality youth services and supports wherever they live in Ireland. 

Role of the National Network

Work Collectively
for change

Share best practice
and experiences

Support and inspire one another

To be a part of the National Network is providing yourself with a support network to utilise, encourage personal and professional development which all ultimately gives our young LGBT+ young people the security and connectivity needed for them to thrive.

Paula Kelly (she/her) of Ferns Diocesan Youth Service

What do I get as a Youth Worker? 

Quarterly Meetings

LGBTQ+ Specific Training

Monthly Supervision and Therapy

Online Network

Resources and Information

Networking Opportunities

Annual Residential Event

Support and Advocacy

How does National Network membership benefit an organisation?  

  • Membership demonstrates a commitment to providing a safe and welcoming environment for LGBTQ+ young people. 
  • You can showcase this collaborative work as evidence of its commitment to the inclusion of LGBTQ+ young people. 
  • Collaborate with Belong To, the leading voice in LGBTQ+ youth work since 2003 on national campaigns to amplify the voice and needs of LGBTQ+ youth.  
  • Provide an additional supportive space for your staff.  
  • Receive up-to-date materials, supports and resources around best-practice LGBTQ+ youth work.  
  • Celebrate Dublin Pride Festival with groups from across the country.  
  • Both young people and staff are invited to attend Belong To’s annual peer leadership residential.  

How to get started? 

Get in touch with us and we will send you an information pack with more details and arrange a time to talk to go through any questions you may have.

How can we help?
We’d love to keep you updated about our work – including information about our campaigns, fundraising appeals, and events – and the impact we have by working together. Please tick the box if you are happy to receive updates from us by email.

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