Befriending Scheme

It can be scary going to a gay youth group for the first time, which is why GALYIC developed the Befriending Scheme.

Several members of the group attended a Buddying training programme, where they developed skills such as listening, how to be a buddy, how to develop conversations, how to be supportive. These members then provided the Befriending Scheme. The scheme was aimed at supporting new members to settle within the group and develop new friends. The 'buddy' was also there if the new member wanted to talk to a peer (as opposed to one of the workers).