This event will explore youth work with LGBT+ young people in Ireland and provide participants with practical information they can use to develop services for LGBT+ young people. The event will also give space to some big picture discussion on how the LGBT+ youth strategy may impact on work with young people.
There is now a considerable body of youth work practice experience in working with LGBT+ young people in Ireland that can be usefully reviewed, reflected upon and shared as valuable evidence. At the same time, there are still services and practitioners looking for support and resources to implement work with LGBT+ young people. Additionally, The Department of Children and Youth Affairs has committed to develop the first LGBT+ Youth Strategy and it is timely that the sector comes together to discuss this area of work.
As with all symposia, this event has the purpose of surfacing and sharing evidence from practice learning that participants can apply when they return to their own work environments. The event will also seek to begin identifying issues critical to the youth work sector in relation to the LGBT+ Youth Strategy
Moninne Griffith, Belong To
Moninne will set the scene for our discussion by discussing current issues in service provision, policy and the lives of LGBT+ young people
Sinead Murray, BreakOUT Donegal Youth Service
Sinead will reflect on her experience in supporting LGBT+ young people in Donegal and share critical issues that have emerged in her practice.
Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI)
TENI will provide an input that will help participants increase awareness, understanding and inclusion of trans issues in their work with young people.
Gareth Harteveld, Kerry Diocesan Youth Service
Gareth will relate his experience of applying his knowledge and experience as a community youth worker to a new LGBT+ Youth Project in Kerry.
Meaghan McCarthy, Kildare Youth Service and Youth Work Ireland National Youth Action Group
Meaghan will provide a young person’s perspective of LGBT+ issues in Ireland through her participation in youth services, studies and work placement.