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Cara-Friend was established in 1974 as a volunteer led service provision organisation for the LGBTQI+ community in Northern Ireland. We advocate unceasingly for inclusion and equality for the LGBTQI+ community.

Our services include:
– LGBTQI+ Youth Services
– Trans, Non-Binary and Gender Diverse Specific Youth Services
– LGBTQI+ Helpline/Switchboard
– LGBTQI+ Inclusive Schools’ Charter and Education Services
– LGBTQI+ Inclusive Business Charter
– LGBTQI+ Community Development Services & Events
– LGBTQI+ Mental Health & Mindfulness Project
– LGBTQI+ Family Support Project
– LGBTQI+ Awareness Training
– Advocacy, Campaigning, Policy and Volunteering

There are many reasons why someone might contact us, but whatever the reason, our volunteers are trained and understanding and will offer support in confidence to anyone regarding sexual orientation and gender identity, including parents and families of LGBTQI+ people.

An additional part of our work is to educate and inform the public, and we are pleased to provide speakers at meetings of other organisations.

Services provided for

  1. All LGBT+ Communities
  2. Men
  3. Women
  4. Young People

Key areas of work

  1. Advice/Information
  2. Befriending/1:1
  3. Campaigning/Activism
  4. Domestic Abuse
  5. Drop-in Service
  6. Education
  7. Events
  8. Gender
  9. Helpline
  10. Infrastructure/Community Development
  11. Mental Health
  12. Networks
  13. Pride
  14. Research
  15. Resource Library
  16. Self-help/Support Group
  17. Training
  18. Volunteering

Contact Details


028 9089 0202


[email protected]


Opening Hours

Office Hours: 11 - 3

Meeting Times

Please check out website to see when our groups meet

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