Main Office: 23-31 Waring Street, Belfast
(028) 9089 0202

Supporting LGBTQ+ People in Northern Ireland


Our offices are currently closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, our team are working from home and can be contacted by emailing

The Cara-Friend Youth Team are continuing to provide digital support to young people, contact us at

If you are in distress and need to speak to someone urgently please call Lifeline on 0808 808 8000. Thank you.


Cara-Friend has been serving the LGBTQ+ community in Northern Ireland for over 40 years. We provide regional LGBTQ+ youth groups across Northern Ireland, one-to-one support for individuals, LGBTQ+ awareness training for professionals and volunteers working in a variety of different areas, community development, the LGBT Switchboard, and the LGBTQ+ Inclusive Schools Programme. We also have a range of resources on this website to help young people, and those supporting young people who are LGBTQ+. Have a look around our website for more information, and feel free to contact us if you have any queries!

LGBTQ+ Youth Groups

We operate LGBTQ+ youth groups for those aged 12-25 in several locations across Northern Ireland. They are fun, safe spaces for LGBTQ+ young people where they can be themselves.

Awareness Training

We offer training for all professionals and volunteers working with young people, that aims to improve their practice so as to make it more inclusive of, and responsive to, the needs of LGBTQ+ young people.

ShoutOut Anti-Bullying

ShoutOut workshops are available to all post-primary schools in Northern Ireland. They aim to improve the experiences of LGBTQ+ young people in all our schools by raising awareness among their peers of what it means to be LGBTQ+

LGBT Switchboard

The LGBT Switchboard is a service for anyone wishing to speak in confidence to someone who will listen. Available 6pm-9pm Wednesdays and 12pm-4pm Monday-Friday.

Community Development

Cara-Friend offers services aimed at supporting and developing our LGBTQ+ community in Northern Ireland, including outreach, facilitation and events such as LGBT Awareness Week and the Outing the Past History Festival.

Family Ties

Family Ties is a project run between Cara-Friend and The Rainbow Project to support parents and carers of LGBTQ+ young people.


We offer support through our different services including LGBT Switchboard NI, Cara-Friend LGBT Youth, Family Ties Project and through our free counselling services.

If you are distressed or require help and support out-of-hours, please contact Lifeline on 0808 808 8000. Lines open 24/7

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