The past few months have been a difficult time for LGBTI+ young people, with 93% telling BeLonGTo they have experienced stress, anxiety and depression during lockdown. In order to respond to the needs of this vulnerable group, BeLonGTo 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.
Reopening frontline service
BeLonGTo are now facilitating weekly face-to-face peer support groups at their main office in Dublin. These groups are open by invitation to LGBTI+ young people who are not out at home and cannot access online services. BeLonGTo have put in place a number of measures to limit the risk of COVID-19, to staff and young people, so everyone can 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.
New virtual LGBTI+ Youth group
On Monday July 20th, BeLonGTo will launch their first online group for new LGBTI+ young people between 14 and 23. The group will run for four-weeks and take place every Monday from 3-4pm. You can join their youth workers and meet other LGBTI+ young people, for an introduction to BeLonG To, Pride history and fun and games.
For more information about current BeLonGTo services you can visit belongto.org