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The young LGBT people who use our services remain at the heart of everything we do, as it is through their lives and experiences that we learn how to keep our services relevant and appropriate to their needs. Overview of 2011

and in the media during 2011 and we have continued to strengthen our commitment to developing and supporting youth leadership and facilitation throughout the organisation. Well done to all the young people in BeLonG To for continuing to drive, inspire and challenge us all in our work during 2011.

Chair of the Board of Directors, Anna Quigley As Chairperson of BeLonG To Youth Services, it gives me great pleasure to present this Annual Review for 2011. It tells the story of a year of remarkable achievement for the organisation, and for all those who are involved in it and support its work. This achievement is all the more VLJQLĂ€FDQWJLYHQWKHFXUUHQWHFRQRPLFFOLPDWHDQGWKH rowing back on public service provision that inevitably impacts on those in our society who most need public services.

I would like to pay tribute to the extraordinary dedication and commitment of the staff of BeLonG To, who carry out their work with professionalism, common sense and good humour. Their work throughout 2011 under the H[FHSWLRQDOOHDGHUVKLSRIWKH([HFXWLYH'LUHFWRU0LFKDHO Barron, has been outstanding and I very much welcome this opportunity to acknowledge them publicly. I would also like to pay tribute to the members of the Board of BeLonG To who give so generously of their time and expertise, and as Chair I would like to thank them for their ongoing kindness and support. Our work in 2011 has been enhanced by the contributions of a number of excellent volunteers, and we express our sincere appreciation to them. We also extend our thanks to all those who have engaged in fundraising activities for BeLonG To during 2011, and those who support us in fundraising on an ongoing basis.

The Executive Director Introduction to the report highlights VRPHRIWKHPRVWVLJQLĂ€FDQWDFKLHYHPHQWVGXULQJWKH year and it also serves to illustrate how BeLonG To carries out its work on a number of interlinking levels, including providing direct services for young people, advocating on WKHLUEHKDOILQĂ XHQFLQJDQGGHYHORSLQJSROLF\DWERWK national and international level and campaigning for social change. It has been particularly heartening during 2011 to see the work of BeLonG To acknowledged at the highest international level through the UN, as a model of good practice in working with LGBT young people and in particular, in eliminating homophobia. It is also very heartening that the commitment in the 2011 Programme for Government on tackling homophobic bullying has been followed through by the Department of Education with the establishment of the Working Group to address this issue. BeLonG To believes that this model of partnership and cooperation between the state and NGOs is of particular importance during the current economic crisis, DVLWUHSUHVHQWVWKHPRVWHIIHFWLYHDQGHIĂ€FLHQWPHDQVRI bringing about positive change in our society.

Finally I would like to thank all of our funders - without your support our work in 2011 would not have been SRVVLEOH2QH)RXQGDWLRQ+6(2IÀFHIRU6XLFLGH3UHYHQWLRQ DQG+6(+HDOWK3URPRWLRQ2IÀFH'XEOLQ1RUWK(DVW NICDTF, Department of Children and Youth Affairs, the (XURSHDQ5HIXJHH)XQGZLWKWKHVXSSRUWRIWKH2IÀFHIRU WKH3URPRWLRQRI0LJUDQW,QWHJUDWLRQLQWKH'HSDUWPHQWRI Justice and Equality and Pobal, Community Foundation of Ireland, Dublin City Council, The Iris O’Brien Foundation and Google Ireland. To all our friends, colleagues and supporters, we look forward to continuing to work with you during the coming years to ensure that Ireland becomes an equal and inclusive society for all of our LGBT young people.

The young LGBT people who use our services remain at the heart of everything we do, as it is through their lives and experiences that we learn how to keep our services relevant and appropriate to their needs. It is also from their lives DQGH[SHULHQFHVWKDWNH\LVVXHVDUHLGHQWLĂ€HGRQZKLFKZH need to advocate and campaign for change. Young people have spoken on behalf of BeLonG To at many public fora 6

BeLonG To Impact Review 2011  

The annual Impact Review (2011) for BeLonG To Youth Services the nationla organisation for lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender young people...

BeLonG To Impact Review 2011  

The annual Impact Review (2011) for BeLonG To Youth Services the nationla organisation for lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender young people...

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