This is a note to introduce myself and to let you know about the imminent return of OutYouth.
My name is Michael and I am the new LGBT Youth Worker for the Dublin area, based in OUThouse Capel St. My position is the first of its kind in Ireland and came about as a result of 2 years of constructive interagency work.
The need for a full time LGBT youth worker was first identified at a round table discussion hosted by OutYouth in 2001. A committee of representatives of LGBT community groups was establihed which, in partnership with the City of Dublin Youth Services Board, submitted a successful funding proposal to the Department of Education and Science. The Department are funding both the youth work post and the running costs of this new youth work project on an annual renewable basis. The focus of my role will be on direct one-to-one and (primarily) group work with young people.
Just before Christmas, as you are probably aware, OutYouth was put on hold, as the volunteer facilitators who had invested so much of their time, creativity and insight into the group had to re-channel their energies into their studies and work. Now that I am on board I am delighted to announce that this much missed group will meet for the first time since Christmas on SUNDAY 27th APRIL at 3.30pm in OUThouse. The group will then meet every second and last Sunday of the month in the same venue. All LGBT young people under 23 (and those who do not identify with those terms but who are interested in the group) are welcome.
If you are a young person who is interested in coming along on the 27th or on any other date and want more details, or if you want a confidential chat, you can mail me at this address(firstname.lastname@example.org) or call me at 01 - 8734184.
I aim to establish a youth service which is driven by the needs and interests of LGBT young people, so I would really appreciate all young people's suggestions and imputs at this early stage.
Please forward this mail to anyone you think may be interested, or post it on your site if possible.
LGBT Youth Worker