The past few months have been a difficult time for LGBTI+ young people, with 93% telling BeLonG To they have experienced stress, anxiety and depression during lockdown.
In order to respond to the needs of this vulnerable group, they rapidly moved their specialised support services online, offering one-to-one support over text, phone and email. Additionally, they moved their Youth Groups online, and invited existing members to join via Zoom.
Now they are pleased to let you know that, from this week, they are opening a new online service, and reopening their frontline services.
New Virtual LGBTI+ Youth Group
On Monday July 20th, they will launch their first online group for new LGBTI+ young people, between 14 and 23. The group will run for 4-weeks, and take place every Monday from 3-4pm. Join their friendly Youth Workers to meet other LGBTI+ young people, for an introduction to BeLonG To, Pride history and fun and games.
Help BeLonG To spread the word, and let LGBTI+ young people in your life know about this new service.
Reopening of Frontline Service
Their Youth Workers are now facilitating weekly face-to-face peer support groups at their HQ in Dublin. These groups are open by invitation to LGBTI+ youth who are not out at home, and cannot access online services. BeLonG To have undertaken a number of measures to limit the risk of Covid-19, to staff and young people, and feel safe and supported to open up limited frontline services again.
Their digital support services and digital youth groups will continue to run online, over phone and email. They are dedicated to supporting LGBTI+ young people during this time, with regular updates.