If you are aged between 12 and 25, Cara-Friend LGBT Youth will have something to offer! Our groups are run according to a peer-led ethos, where young LGBT people are our volunteer leaders. This means that everyone from the other attendees to the leaders are all in the same situation as you – whether that means you are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, non-binary or questioning. The most important goal of Cara-Friend LGBT Youth is for young people to be able to be themselves, however they might identify themselves. The groups are safe spaces where everyone can relax, meet new people and, most importantly, have some fun! There is a real community feel to our groups.
Our flagship group is based in Belfast city centre where we provide an open social space to meet other young people who are LGB&T or Q. It meets in the community room of the LGBT Centre at 23-31 Waring Street (CQHQ beside Quartisan) every Monday and Friday, from 6-9pm. Though Cara-Friend is located on the third floor of the building, it is fully accessible by stairs and an elevator. You must press the buzzer for the door to open, and this is located a little high off the ground, so if you have specialist access needs just contact us to let us know.
We also run a regional groups across Northern Ireland which are based on the same ethos, and serve the same purpose for LGBTQ+ young people, the details of which are listed below:
Antrim Cara-Friend LGBT Youth, in association with Antrim Youth Information and Counselling Centre, meets fortnightly on Mondays from 6-8pm in the AYICC.
Ballymena Cara-Friend LGBT Youth meets fortnightly on Thursdays from 3.30pm-5.30pm in the N-Gage centre.
Cookstown Cara-Friend LGBT Youth meets fortnightly on Wednesdays, in the Cookstown Youth Resource Centre from 7-9pm.
Lisburn Cara-Friend LGBT Youth meets fortnightly on Mondays from 6-8pm in Lisburn YMCA.
Strabane Cara-Friend LGBT Youth meets weeklyon Thursdays from 6-8pm in the Strabane Resource Centre
If you’d like more information on any of the Cara-Friend regional groups contact Jo McParland on firstname.lastname@example.org You’re more than welcome to come along to one of our groups, and to bring a friend if you like! Just drop in!
We are currently working on regional Cara-Friend youth groups in Omagh, Enniskillen, Armagh, Newry and Bangor. Stay tuned for more details on these! Below are all the exact dates each group meets from now until Christmas!
If you have any queries relating to Cara-Friend LGBT Youth please don’t hesitate to contact our Youth Development Manager, Declan Meehan, on email@example.com or by telephone on (028) 90890202.
Belfast Cara-Friend LGBT Youth
October 21st, 24th, 28th, 31st; November 4th, 7th, 11th, 14th, 18th, 21st, 25th and 28th; and December 2nd, 5th, 9th, 12th, 16th, 19th and 23rd.
Antrim Cara-Friend LGBT Youth
November 14th and 28th; and December 12th.
Ballymena Cara-Friend LGBT Youth
November 3rd and 17th; and December 1st and 15th.
Cookstown Cara-Friend LGBT Youth
November 2nd, 16th and 30th; and December 14th.
Lisburn Cara-Friend LGBT Youth
November 7th and 21st; and December 5th and 19th.
Strabane Cara-Friend LGBT Youth
October 27th; November 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th; and December 1st, 8th and 15th.