A number of advances have been made in recent years with regards to ensuring adequate supports for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Galway City and County. While it is evident that a lot of good work has been done, however, until now there has been no cohesive plan in place for the long-term development of LGBT supports and services.
It was to address this issue that an Interagency Working Group was established in November 2011.
The aim was to bring key stakeholders together (including Galway County Council) in order to ensure that services and supports are co-ordinated and that gaps in provision are addressed. Supported by LGBT Diversity, the Interagency Working Group held a series of meetings, which led to the adoption of this Development Plan in July 2012.
The deliberations of the Working Group were informed by a review of existing literature and research of community needs, including LGBT West’s Needs Analysis of the LGBT population in Mayo, Roscommon and Galway (2008), and information gathered through a community consultation undertaken by Amach! February – March 2012. In light of the information available five key themes were identified by the Interagency Working Group. For each of these themes the Working Group has developed a set of recommendations in order to address community needs around information, service and supports, community development, and policy and leadership.
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