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About Us

AMACH! is volunteer run organisation which represents and advocates on behalf of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community in Galway city and county.

Vision Statement

AMACH! LGBT Galway Ltd. aims to reflect equally the diversity within the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community by encouraging positive participation from the community. We actively advocate to achieve a solid and safe support structure for the LGBT community in Galway.

We aim to provide awareness, educational and training events and workshops and endeavour to support and promote a socially inclusive society.

Aims

  • To ensure that the Committee reflects the LGBT community, works in an effective manner and is both transparent and accountable
  • To support the development of an accessible and safe Resource Centre that can be utilised by the LGBT community
  • To work towards supporting the provision of services for the LGBT community
  • To source funding for future development through grant applications and fundraising events
  • To support the LGBT community to have a voice in influencing and bringing about changes in LGBT issues.

AMACH! Launch July 2010

AMACH! LGBT Galway Ltd. was launched by Senator David Norris on Monday 5th July 2010 in the City Museum, Spanish Arch, Galway. This auspicious day and important milestone in the history of Galway’s LGBT community was attended by guests including Galway County Mayor Jimmy McClearn, Chris Robson, Founder and Board Member of GLEN (Gay and Lesbian Equality Network), Michael D. Higgins T.D. and local councillors. In addition a large number of people from the local and national LGBT community attended the launch along with family, friends and supporters.

AMACH! – Formed from the Community

A community meeting held in July 2009 was attended by over 300 people from the gay community in Galway. The formation of a company limited by guarantee was identified as the best way to create a sound structure for the community. AMACH! LGBT Galway was set up following a further community meeting in November 2009. At that meeting 12 people expressed an interest in becoming directors of a new umbrella company for the Galway LGBT community.

Since our first meeting on December 12th 2009 the group has met every 2 weeks. Work on documentation & formalities required for registration as a company, including constitution and ground rules, have been developed, facilitated by West Training & Development. AMACH! LGBT Galway Ltd. was registered as a company on March 19th, there are 10 people on the Board of Directors, and three sub-groups have been set up: Pride, Finance and PR.

AMACH! was registered as a company limited by guarantee with no share capital in March 2010.

AMACH! operates as a non-profit organisation.

AMACH! is not affiliated to, nor does it campaign on behalf of any political party, group or campaign.

As an organisation that was formed from the community, by the community and is a part of the community, we rely on the support, commitment and contribution of the LGBT community in Galway. Your feedback is appreciated, welcome and NEEDED!

Links

Amach ID Project 2010

Here is a link to a documentary made about the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities in Galway.  Amach! would like to thank all who particiapted in the making of this documentary and the great help received from the Galway Film Centre.