About
Amach! and
Teach solais

AMACH!

AMACH! LGBT Galway 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.

info@amachlgbt.com

VISION STATEMENT

AMACH! LGBT Galway 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.

AMACH! LGBT Galway represent and advocate on behalf of the LGBT+ community in Galway city and county.

We hold support groups, drop-ins and activities where you can meet new friends, get information and chill with like-minded people.

It is also a focal point for delivery of education, training and health programmes in addition to support for individuals identifying as LGBT+ and for those who are 'coming out’. Teach Solais is a centre for the community run by the community. All the existing and new LGBT+ peer support groups have access to the resource centre.

AIMS

AMACH! LAUNCH JULY 2010

AMACH! LGBT Galway CLG. 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 CLG. 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!

BOARD MEMBERS

Cameron Keighron - Chairperson

(They/Them) is the current Chairperson of AMACH! LGBT+. Cameron has been involved in LGBT+ activism for the best part of a decade with a heavy focus on developing services and resources in the West of Ireland. You can contact Cameron on Cameron@amachlgbt.com.

Aidan Harte - Vice Chair

Aidan Harte is AMACH!'s Intercultural Officer, with a special in Interest in International Protection and minority rights. Aidan holds an MA in Public Advocacy & Activism, and coordinates NUI Galway's University of Sanctuary Initiative. He represents the Galway City Community Network (GCCN) on the Galway City Partnership (GCP) Board of Directors.

Dr Bonnie Thompson Long

Bonnie is a learning technologist in NUI Galway. She is the mother of a teen member of the LGBT+ community and provides IT assistance to the board.

Maria Molloy

Maria Molloy is currently vice-chairperson of AMACH! LGBT Galway.  As well as a background in science and management, Maria holds a Certificate in Family and Community Studies, NUI Galway.  She is also a board member of Sexual Health West (formally AIDS West) and is a GCCN representative on the local LCDC. Maria has volunteered for several charities over the years including Oxfam, Amnesty International, Samaritans, Simon community (London) and she was a founding member of the Ecology society in GMIT.

Helen Mortimer - Staff

Helen Mortimer  works part-time as Coordinator of Amach! LGBT+ under the Healthy Ireland programme, with responsibility for the delivery of physical and mental health activities for the LGBT+ community. She is also E-learning Development Officer with LGBT Ireland, with responsibility for developing an e-learning programme targeted at healthcare workers, to improve their awareness and understanding of LGBT+ issues. A community activist, Helen has a strong track record in addressing issues of inequality, injustice, discrimination and social exclusion. She holds an M.A. in Family Support, a B.A. in English & Psychology and a B.A. in Education & Training.

TEACH SOLAIS

Teach Solais LGBT+ Resource Centre is at No.1 Victoria Place, just off Eyre Sq. This City Centre location is a hub of activity, hosting a wide variety of events open to the public.

coordinatoramachgalway@gmail.com

Welcome to Teach Solais LGBT+ Resource Centre, the first of its kind in the West of Ireland! If you fancy a cuppa and a chat why not pop in to our drop in on Saturdays? We would love to see you.

WHAT IS TEACH SOLAIS?

Teach Solais LGBT+ Resource Centre is at No.1 Victoria Place, just off Eyre Sq. This City Centre location is a hub of activity, hosting a wide variety of events open to the public. It is also a focal point for delivery of education, training and health programmes in addition to support for individuals identifying as LGBT+ and for those who are 'coming out’. Teach Solais is a centre for the community, run by the community. All the existing and new LGBT+ peer support groups have access to the resource centre, for example it is regularly used by LGBT Helpline; AMACH!; G.O.S.S.I.P., shOUT! and Silver Rainbows.

Activities and support groups currently taking place in the centre are, Gossip Transgender Peer Support Group & Meet Up, Aids West Free HIV rapid Testing, Cosáin Mental Health Peer Support Group, Amach!/Cosáin Drop in, shOUT! Drop In 18-25yrs and Teach Solais Drop-in. We also run other activities such as a monthly Book Club and yoga with many more Activities to come!

Teach Solais drop-in is from 2-4pm every Saturday. It’s a great place to chill, bring your friends, meet new friends, get information, read a book, go on the internet, listen to music, play a board game (fiercest games of jenga to be had) have a cup of coffee/ tea and have a snack!

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