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Supporting LGBTQ+ People in Northern Ireland


  • On March 16, 2020
The Cara-Friend offices are currently closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, our team are working from home and can be contacted by emailing Our offices will re-open on April 6th, all being well. If you are in distress and need to speak to someone urgently please call Lifeline on 0808 808 8000. Thank you
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Remembering Lyra McKee

  • On April 19, 2019
The LGBTQ+ community has been shocked, saddened and angered to hear of the death of Lyra McKee. She was a beloved and respected member of our community and a thought-provoking, talented journalist. Cara-Friend would like to extend our staff and board members’ sincere sympathies to Lyra’s partner, family and friends. Lyra was the keynote speaker […]
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Educating the Educators Sessions in 7 Locations

  • On March 1, 2019
Educating the Educators returns to Northern Ireland for Spring 2019. Over the course of March and April we will offer free capacity building training on LGBTQ+ Awareness for professionals and volunteers working with young people in 7 locations. The three-hour training session is open to anyone who works with young people and is aimed at […]
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Outing the Past Returns to Belfast!

  • On February 21, 2019
Cara-Friend are delighted to announce the return of Outing the Past to Belfast. The LGBTQ+ History Festival will take place over the weekend of March 8th and 9th 2019. Last year the history festival was a roaring success with hundreds of people in attendance across the two days. This year the festival will launch on […]
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Ireland and UK LGBTQ+ Youth Workers Conference

  • On February 5, 2019
On Saturday of last week, The Proud Trust and their partners organised an LGBTQ+ Youth Worker’s Conference for the UK and Ireland. Our Belfast Area Youth Officer, Lee Cullen, and Eastern Regional Development Youth Officer, Joanne McParland, attended on behalf of Cara-Friend. Over the course of the conference there were a number of seminars, facilitated […]
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Ellie’s Placement in Cara-Friend

  • On February 5, 2019
Hey Everyone! My name is Ellie Minihane, I attend Belfast MET and I am studying level 3 extended diploma in health and social care. This course provides with the skills and knowledge I may need in the health and social care field as well as (hopefully!) provide me with the grades needed to attend university. […]
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Cara-Friend win Best Community Organisation at Pink News Awards with The Rainbow Project!

  • On October 23, 2018
The 2018 Pink News Awards took place in Church House, Westminster in London on Wednesday, October 17th. Cara-Friend were delighted to be in attendance, with Deputy Director Declan Meehan and Community Development Manager Adam Murray representing the organisation. Cara-Friend were nominated alongside sectoral partners, The Rainbow Project, in the Best Community Organisation category. The awards […]
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Resources Launched in Irish and Ulster Scots

  • On September 26, 2018
Cara-Friend are delighted to launch a number of our resources in both Irish and Ulster Scots which are now available for free download from our Resources section on our website, as well as in hardcopy format by requesting from our office. The flyers and posters are aimed at making LGBTQ+ support services more accessible across […]
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Cara-Friend Study Visit to Malta

  • On September 11, 2018
Last week the staff team from Cara-Friend went on a study visit to Malta from September 3rd-6th. The purpose of the trip was to meet with LGBTQ+ people and representatives of LGBTQ+ organisations to learn about the recent, rapid progress made there in terms of legislative change and LGBTQ+ rights. It was also to share […]
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450 Teachers Trained in Two Weeks

  • On September 10, 2018
Cara-Friend has trained almost 450 teachers in schools across Northern Ireland as part of the LGBTQ+ Inclusive Schools Programme. The LGBTQ+ Awareness Training was delivered to teachers and staff in 6 schools so far – a great start to the new school year! “LGBTQ+ Awareness Training for teachers and staff is a great way for […]
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