County Carlow is made up of diverse and multi-cultural communities with people from a whole host of different backgrounds with unique characteristics and experiences. The SICAP Programme is underpinned by a Equality Horizontal theme which seeks to ensure that every individual in the county is treated fairly and equally and no less favourably, specific to their needs, including in areas of race, gender, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation and age. This equality work refers to that work which can be described as having outcomes which promote a more equal society in Carlow.
In line with the objective of this horizontal theme, in 2017 the SICAP team began work with the LGBTIQ community in the county, following representations from Carlow Regional Youth Services who identified a need for LGBTIQ support for adults in Carlow. As part a €100,000 application for Healthy Ireland Funding which was drawn up by a team of relevant agencies on behalf of the LCDC and which saw 6 actions approved, €12,000 was sourced to conduct research on the needs of the LGBTIQ community in Carlow.
As part of this research a first FOCUS GROUP discussion will take place on Saturday in the Talbot Hotel. This will inform the work of seeing what supports can be put in place in the county. Please spread the news to anyone who may be interested.