Cara Friend

Cara Friend

Cara-Friend was established in 1974 as a voluntary counselling, befriending, information, and social space organisation for the LGBTQ community.

Cara-Friend operates a number of service delivery streams such as LGBT Switchboard NI, Cara-Friend LGBTQ Youth groups regionally across N. Ireland, Awareness Training for professionals, Education Training for school staff and pupils, and lobbying & advocacy on behalf of the LGBT community with government and other agencies.

Cara-Friend provides a wide range of volunteering opportunities for the LGBTQ community.

We also offer social support, information on health, coming out, the LGBT scene and general everyday LGBTQ issues.
If you think we can help you, your family, your organisation, or anyone else, please contact us.

What is Cara-Friend LGBTQ Youth?

Cara-Friend LGBTQ Youth is a relaxed safe social space for children and young people from ages 12-25 who do not identify as heterosexual. It’s a peer led youth service for anyone who is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans or questioning, to be themselves, develop self-confidence, to learn from the workshops/programmes on offer or from each other without the fear, prejudice, discrimination and bigotry they so often face because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

For current Regional Group locations: contact us on


Belfast group runs Monday evening from 6pm-9pm (Workshop night) and on a Friday evening from 6pm-9pm (Social night)

What is LGBT Switchboard NI?

LGBT Switchboard NI is a volunteer led listening ear service. We provide telephone helpline, email and live online chat support for LGBTQ people or indeed anyone needing a advice regarding LGBTQ issues and topics.

For more information please visit our website on

Interested in becoming a Switchboard Operator?

Please contact us on


Who funds Cara-Friend?

Cara-Friend funding comes from a multitude of sources in Northern Ireland and further afield, such as Belfast City Council, The Executive Office, Dept. of Health, The Education Authority, Children In Need, Santander, Lloyds TSB and private donations.