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Did you know that Cara-Friend is the oldest and largest LGBT support organisation in Northern Ireland?

Who we are

Cara-Friend is an organisation dedicated to supporting, empowering, educating, and offering friendship to everyone in the LGBT community. [Read more]

What we do

We offer support through our different services including LGBT Switchboard NI, GLYNI, Family Ties Project, Twenty1+ and through our free counselling services [Read more]

How to get involved

There are numerous ways to get involved with our organisation through our Befriending Scheme, community groups, or by becoming a volunteer. [Read more]
Do you need to talk to someone about your sexuality? Perhaps you feel isolated, or maybe just want to know...Read More
Twenty1+ is an LGBTQ+ social event hosted by Cara-Friend, for those over 21, to expand their social circle...Read More
GLYNI is Northern Ireland's largest LGBT youth group providing a forum for support, personal development and...Read More
The aim of the Family Ties Project is to provide practical advice and support to parents who are perhaps... Read More
Are you interested in making a huge difference to the lives of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, trans people and their families and friends?

Latest News


Educating the Educator! Save the Date: June 30, 2014

How do you support a young person coming to terms with their sexual or gender identity? How can you help stop homophobic and transphobic bullying inRead More


Launch of new NI LGB&T information and Hate Crime Reporting App!

Regional Development Youth Manager,  Patrick Anderson has hit the ground running joining Education Minister John O’Dowd for the long awaited launch fo the LGB&T App specifically forRead More

Recent Publications

Upcoming Events

Click here to view our full calendar of events.
6:00 pm LGBT Switchboard NI
LGBT Switchboard NI
Oct 23 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday LGBT Switchboard NI operates it’s helpline and online chat support service. Call the Switchboard on 028 90 322 023, or emailRead More
6:00 pm GLYNI Drop-In (Belfast) @ Cara-Friend LGBT Centre
GLYNI Drop-In (Belfast) @ Cara-Friend LGBT Centre
Oct 24 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
A description of the event here.  This text is for placement purposes only.  A description of the drop-in, who it is for and what time itRead More
5:30 pm GLYNI Youth Group @ Belfast LGBT Centre
GLYNI Youth Group @ Belfast LGBT Centre
Oct 27 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
The GLYNI youth group meets every Monday evening at the Belfast LGBT Centre from 6:30pm onwards.  If you would like more information about our activities, pleaseRead More
5:00 pm LGBT Switchboard NI
LGBT Switchboard NI
Oct 28 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday LGBT Switchboard NI operates it’s helpline and online chat support service. Call the Switchboard on 028 90 322 023, or emailRead More
Service Highlights

Cara-Friend is here to support you!

Cara-Friend is a volunteer-based community service providing free, anonymous and confidential telephone support, counselling, information, referal services and support groups for gay men, lesbians, bisexual and transgender people in Northern Ireland on sexuality and life issues.

LGBT Switchboard NI
Every Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday evenings from 7:30pm - 10pm. Click here for more information about the Switchboard.

Counselling Services
Cara-Friend provides free counselling services to the LGBT community. Click here to read more about our counselling services.

Live 1-2-1 Online Support Service
Trained volunteers are available at selected times to offer support online. Click here for more information.

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Are you 14-25 years old and identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans?

GLYNI is Northern Ireland's largest LGBT youth organisation for 14-25 year olds. Our goal is to provide young people with a safe and positive environment in which to socialise and get to know other young people who are in the same situation in life.

We run a number of workshops, personal development programmes, creative art projects, social events and activities. Simply put, we are fabulous! We have groups in Belfast, Lisburn, Craigavon & Foyle.

Click here for more information.

Joining GLYNI has been one of the best things I've ever done... I've made some great friends and it has made me feel good about being me.
- Kevin, Belfast

It's fun, and it's a place to hang out with friends. The group has given me a lot of confidence.
- Laura, Armagh

Cara-Friend also runs a group for those aged 21+. With our partners at Aware Defeat Depression, we have set up a new support group for LGBT people who have depression.
If you are distressed or require immediate help and support out-of-hours, please contact Lifeline on 0808 808 8000. Lines open 24/7.
  • Belfast Pride
  • Belfast Butterfly Club
  • Queerspace
  • The Rainbow Project
  • LGBT Beginner's Mind
  • Changing Attitudes Ireland
  • Out n' About
  • L Plus
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