23-31 Waring Street, Belfast
(028) 9089 0202
Supporting LGBTQI+ People in Northern Ireland



If you are aged between 12 and 25, Cara-Friend LGBTQI+ Youth will have something to offer! Our groups are run according to a peer-led ethos, where young LGBTQI+ 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, questioning or queer. The most important goal of Cara-Friend LGBTQI+ 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.

Young people can attend by simply turning up themselves on any evening the youth group is running. Each youth group has a specific contact person, so feel free to drop them a line if you wish. We also take referrals which can be arranged by simply emailing us as well.

Lesbian? Gay? Bisexual? Trans? Or Questioning?


We run several groups across Northern Ireland which are based on an inclusive, peer-led ethos, specifically for LGBTQI+ young people, the details of which are listed below:

Armagh Cara-Friend LGBTQI+ Youth meets fortnightly on Wednesdays from 3.45pm – 5.45pm, Epicentre Armagh.

Ballymena Cara-Friend LGBTQI+ Youth meets fortnightly on Thursdays from 3.45pm – 5.45pm, N-Gage Centre.

Belfast Cara-Friend LGBTQI+ Youth runs every Monday and Friday in the Belfast LGBTQI+ Centre, 23-31 Waring Street. Monday is our programme and workshop evening, open to all ages 12-25 and runs from 6pm-9pm. Friday is our youth drop-in evening, 12-15s from 6pm-8pm, and 16+ from 8pm-10pm.

Cookstown Cara-Friend LGBTQI+ Youth meets fortnightly on Wednesdays from 7pm – 9pm, Cookstown Youth Resource Centre.

OUT North West (Foyle LGBTQI+ Youth), in partnership with The Rainbow Project, meets fortnightly on Wednesdays from 4.30pm – 7pm (Age 12-15) and from 6.30pm-9pm (Age 16+), Foyle LGBTQI+ Centre.

Newry Cara-Friend LGBTQI+ Youth meets fortnightly on Thursdays from 4.30pm – 6pm, Magnet Centre.

You’re more than welcome to come along to any of the groups, to bring a friend or just drop in and have a friendly chat!



If you have a query about any of our youth groups you can contact us:

Belfast – Lee Cullen, Youth Officer: lee.cullen@cara-friend.org.uk

Armagh, Ballymena, Cookstown and Newry – Jo McParland, Regional Development Youth Officer: joanne.mcparland@cara-friend.org.uk

Derry-Londonderry (OUT North West) – Colleen O’Neill, Youth Officer: colleen@outnorthwest.org

Keep and eye on our Facebook for more information on our Cara-Friend LGBTQI+ Youth Groups!

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