• 2009 - and beyond

    New Strategic Plan, increased staff, increased capacity to deliver for LGBT young people


    2009: Suicide Prevention - BeLonG To and GLEN were co-commissioners of Supporting LGBT Lives – a national study into LGBT mental health and wellbeing, with a special emphasis on young people. This report was launched by the Minister for Health and Children.

    2009: Advocacy Coordinator – BeLonG To hires a full-time Advocacy Coordinator to advance the policy objectives of the organisation and continue to build on the work already done.

    2009: Training & Development Officer – BeLonG To hires a full-time Training & Development Officer to train, teachers, principals, youth workers and young people in tackelling homophobic bullying.

    2009: Second Accredited LGBT Youth GroupMy LGBT in Limerick become the second LGBT youth group to be accredited by BeLonG To.

    2009: The Office for the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (OMCYA) - prioritises tackling homophobic bullying – following much consultation with BeLonG To. The OMCYA and BeLonG To produce ‘Homophobic Bullying Guidelines for the Youth Sector’

    2009: Oireachtas Committes and Working Groups – In 2009 BeLonG To supported the work of a number of Oireachtas groups, this included supporting the Joint Working Group on Early School Leaving, presenting to the Oireachtas Committee on the high levels of suicide, and presenting to the Committee on Education on the experiences of LGBT young people in school.

    2009: The National Drugs Strategy – following community consultation coordinated by BeLonG To – LGBT people are included in the National Drugs Strategy as a group that need greater supports.

    2009: Joint Training Program for Schools Launched  - BeLonG To is working in partnership with the National Association of Principals & Deputy Principals, the Equality Authority and GLEN to deliver training to principals and schools to assist them in addressing homophobia and  homophobic bullying in Irish schools.

    2009: Minister for Children and Youth Affairs launches BeLonG To’s First Strategic Plan – The strategic plan run's from 2009 - 2011 and includes the creation of an annual LGBT Awareness Week for young people – to be launched in 2010.

    2010: Mental Health Campaign - BeLonG To, GLEN & the National Office for Suicide Prevention launch a new booklet on Mental Health for LGBT people. 

    2010: Stand Up! LGBT Awareness Week – BeLonG To launches the first ever LGBT Awareess week in Ireland, Stand Up! Show support for your LGBT friends. The first year of the campaign focuses on the Youth Work Sector.

    2010: Homophobic Bullying Guidelines – BeLonG To and the Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs launch Homophobic Bullying Guidelines for the Youth Work Sector in Ireland.