Attention: Youth & Community Workers – Stand Up! Awareness Week 2015 Free Advanced Training on LGBT Issues

belongtoBeLonG To would like to let youth and community workers know about Stand Up! Awareness Week 2015, and the free training which will help combat homophobic and transphobic bullying. This year Stand Up Week Against Homophobic and Transphobic Bullying will take place from 20th – 24th April.

In BeLonG To Youth Services, they know that youth workers and youth services play a very influential role in their local communities.  They would like to invite you to help to tackle the homophobia and transphobia that young people experience in their communities and schools.

They are very pleased that this year Stand Up has been endorsed by the National Youth Council of Ireland, Youth Work Ireland and Foróige, and are very happy to let you know that for Stand Up 2015 they will be offering free advance training in late March 2015. These workshops will be specifically designed for youth workers to help you with preparations for Stand Up.

See below for details about the training – and how to register.

Why do we need Stand Up?

Unfortunately, young people across Ireland face high levels of homophobic and transphobic bullying. Stand Up! Awareness Week takes place in post-primary schools and youth services, and aims to tackle homophobic and transphobic bullying, by increasing friendship and support for LGBT young people by other young people, and by raising positive awareness of LGBT young people.

What Stand Up! training sessions will offer

The training will be delivered by senior staff from BeLonG To and will offer:

  • A chance to increase your confidence in tacking and preventing homophobic and transphobic bullying.
  • A chance to better equip yourself with skills to support LGBT students.
  • Insights into the challenges faced by LGBT students.
  • A chance to increase your confidence in developing anti-bullying policies that address homophobic and transphobic bullying.
  • Ways to implement Stand Up in your school.
  • Small-group discussions.
  • Opportunities to ask questions.
  • Contact details for further information.
  • Hand-outs.
  • Copies of useful print and DVD resources.

Find a Stand Up! training session near you:

Athlone – Monday 23 March 2015, 11.00am – 3.00pm, Monsignor McCarthy Complex, Battery Heights, Athlone, Co. Westmeath

Cork – Tuesday 03 March 2015, 11.00am – 3.00pm, Millennium Hall, City Hall, Cork City Centre, Co. Cork

Dublin  – Thursday 05 March, 11.00am – 3.00pm, Youth Work Ireland National Office, 20 Lower Dominick Street, Dublin 1

 ***Refreshments served at each session***

BeLonGTo would be delighted if you would take part in this Stand Up! training and are looking forward to seeing you at a training session. They’ll be sending out Stand Up! Educational Packs in February 2015.

To Register for Training, click HERE

Feedback from previous BeLonG To training:

“The training surpassed my expectations – excellently presented with wonderful insights.”

“The training gave me greater confidence that I am delivering the correct information to teenagers and in the future I will have more ideas on what to do/say.”

“I really enjoyed the training and feel I could deal more appropriately if confronted with LGBT issues or instances of homophobic or transphobic bullying.”

“The training more than met my expectations. I have received training from BeLonG To before and I am amazed to have learned so much more.”



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