Mayo’s first LGBT+ drop-in centre will open in Castlebar on Saturday, January 18.
The centre, run by long-running Connacht-based LGBT+ advocacy group, OutWest, will be based in Le Chéile Family Resource Centre and will open for two hours each Saturday from 12.45pm to 2.45pm. The centre will provide a relaxed welcoming space for LGBT+ people, families and partners to socialise, chat, and make connections.
Group chairperson Harel Aurélie said “OutWest are very excited about our new drop-in centre, the first of its kind in Mayo. Being LGBT+ in the West of Ireland can be an isolating experience but there is also wonderful community here. Since 1997 OutWest has been supporting and building the LGBT+ community in the west. Our new drop-in centre is the next step in that process.”
Another OutWest member added: "We want the drop-in to be an open and welcoming space for all members of the LGBT+ community and our allies. We will have board games, books, tea and coffee and lots of space for people to relax and hang out. If anyone is interested in getting involved, we’d ask them to get in contact with us at [email protected].”