• Youth Facilitators Training

    Youth Facilitators Training is an integral part of the work of BeLonG To. Our use of the Critical Social Education model of youthwork means that young people's development into leadership roles is a core objective underpinning and assiting the development of youth-led services

    Youth Facilitator Training is an essential part of BeLonG To's work. Our Youth Facilitators play a vital role in the development and provision of LGBT youth services. Working alongside Youth Workers and adult volunteers, Youth facilitators plan and deliver programme activities, offer informal peer support and help to ensure that the voice of young people is heard in the development and planning of services and strategy.

    In 2009 The National Network offered a National Youth Facilitation Training programme for the first time. Young people attended the training, which was held in the offices of the Ombudsman For Children, from BeLonG To supported projects in Dundalk, Donegal, Limerick, Galway, Waterford and Dublin.

    The training introduced models of theory and practise relevant to LGBT youth work and offered participants the opportunity to develop skills associated with the role of Youth Facilitator.

    Topics included in the workshops and trainings include;


    • LGBT Community history
    • Listening skills
    • Presentation skills
    • Introduction to group theory
    • Facilitation skills


    It is envisaged that the National Facilitation Programme will become an annual event in the BeLonG To calender.