In an interview with the Longford Leader, Youth Leader Mark Noble has described how the WYLD group has become an invaluable resource for LGBT+ young people.
WYLD is run by the County Longford Youth Service for young people who identify as LGBT+ and their friends to gather in a safe and supportive environment to have fun, chat, meet new people and take part in various activities.
Mark shared his delight at the effect the Longford LGBT+ youth group has had on its attendees, saying, “All the Youth Workers and volunteers involved in the group have seen a dramatic change in the young people who attend with regards to their confidence and their openness to speak about issue that are affecting them.
“The very fact that 17 young people attend the group on a weekly basis, most of whom do not/have not any other groups shows the importance of the WYLD group for young people in Longford.”
In the article, Mark raises that although having a place to gather, have fun and chat with your peers is important, “there is also a serious side to the WYLD group as it also tackles LGBT+ issues, raises awareness and provides opportunities for its members which they may not have the chance to participate in otherwise.”
Mark continues, “For anyone looking to come to the group it is a nice relaxed atmosphere and a really positive space. You’re never judged by anyone, just think of it like being at a good friend’s house only instead of one there are 17 of them.”
The impact that youth groups and their dedicated Youth Leaders have on attendees can not be underestimated. In a recent GCN article, one young person shared their belief that Youth Workers should be celebrated.
Aaron Mitchell wrote, “I believe that Youth Workers are under appreciated due to the fact that a lot of what they do often goes unnoticed, and a lot of it is also just seen as ‘part of the job’, but in reality a lot of it is done because these people are passionate about their jobs and want to see us succeed.
“I honestly believe that the job saves lives and that many young people will go on to achieve excellent things because they were told that no matter who they were, or where they were from, it should never be an issue and that they should always be themselves.”
WYLD is open to all young people aged 13+. If you are interested in finding out more about this group please contact Mark 086 8536438 by Call or Text.
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