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. We also run an over-18s night fortnightly on Thursdays. 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.
Armagh Cara-Friend LGBT Youth, in association with PRISM, meets fortnightly on Wednesdays in the Epicentre Armagh, from 7-9pm.
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.
Enniskillen Cara-Friend LGBT Youth meets fortnightly on Wednesdays from 6.30pm-8.30pm.
Lisburn Cara-Friend LGBT Youth meets fortnightly on Mondays from 6-8pm in Lisburn YMCA.
Strabane Cara-Friend LGBT Youth meets weekly on Thursdays from 7-9pm in Ballycoleman Drop In-Centre.
If you’d like more information on any of the Cara-Friend regional groups contact Jo McParland on email@example.com 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, Newry, Coleraine and Bangor. Stay tuned for more details on these! Below are all the exact dates each group meets from now until summer!
If you have any queries relating to Cara-Friend LGBT Youth please don’t hesitate to contact our Youth Development Manager, Declan Meehan, on firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on (028) 90890202.
Belfast Cara-Friend LGBT Youth
January 9th, 13th, 16th, 20th, 23rd, 27th, and 30th; February 3rd, 6th, 10th, 13th, 17th, 19th, 24th and 27th; March 3rd, 6th, 10th, 13th, 20th, 27th and 31st; April 3rd, 7th, 10th, 14th, 21st, 24th and 28th; and May 5th, 8th, 12th, 15th, 19th, 22nd and 26th.
Antrim Cara-Friend LGBT Youth
January 16th and 30th; February 13th and 27th; March 13th and 27th; April 10th and 24th; and May 8th and 22nd.
Armagh Cara-Friend LGBT Youth
January 18th; February 1st and 15th; March 1st, 15th and 29th; April 12th and 26th; and May 10th and 24th.
Ballymena Cara-Friend LGBT Youth
January 12th and 26th; February 9th and 23rd; March 9th and 23rd; April 6th and 20th; and May 4th and 18th.
Cookstown Cara-Friend LGBT Youth
January 11th and 25th; February 8th and 22nd; March 8th and 22nd; April 5th and 19th; and May 3rd, 17th and 31st.
Enniskillen Cara-Friend LGBT Youth
January 11th, 18th and 25th; February 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd; March 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th; April 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th; May 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th.
Lisburn Cara-Friend LGBT Youth
January 23rd; February 6th and 20th; March 6th and 20th; April 3rd and 17th; and May 15th and 29th.
Strabane Cara-Friend LGBT Youth
January 19th and 26th; February 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd; March 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd; April 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th; and May 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th.