Personal development is all about making positive changes in your life and improving your health and well-being. It can be both fun and challenging and helps you learn coping skills for everyday situations. PDC’s may be of interest to persons coming out for the first time, those wishing to re-connect with the community, or those simply wanting to widen their circle of friends and acquaintances. The following PDC take place at the Centre (depending on funding);
Gay and Bisexual Men Lesbian and Bisexual Women Transgender
Courses are usually 6 – 8 weeks long and are free of charge. The Gay and Bisexual Men’s PDC are run in conjunction with the Gay Men’s Health Service (GMHS). Lesbian and Bisexual Women and Transgender PDC’s are run in conjunction with the City of Dublin Vocational Education Committee (CDVEC). Check out our What’s New or Facebook page for details of PDC’s throughout the year.
Peer Support Groups
Outhouse organises and/or hosts a number of Peer Support Groups who meet regularly at the Centre. The aim of Peer Support Groups is to provide a safe, supportive and confidential space where our service users can explore their own issues and gain confidence in the knowledge that they are in a safe space with like minded others.
Girls Night In (Lesbian & Bisexual Women) From movie and pizza night to self-defence classes, skill swapping to meditation classes, Girls Night In is the perfect midweek event which really has something for everyone! The group meets every Wednesday at 7:00pm.
First Out (Lesbian and Bisexual women)
Established in Outhouse in 2003 First Out is a Peer Support Group for women of all ages, who are questioning their sexuality or considering “coming out”. First Out meets the first Thursday each month.
Dublin Transgender Support Group (Outhouse) The Dublin Transgender Peer Support Group (Outhouse) established at Outhouse in April 2005, and is the longest running trans organising group in Ireland, (out of which TENI emerged in 2008). Since 2011 the group is supported by both Outhouse and TENI. The group aim is to be a space for people to feel accepted and accept and explore their own gender identity, gender expression or gender presentation, especially mindful of those who are relatively recently presenting as trans. The group meets every second Wednesday.
BeLonG To Sunday (LGBT Youth 14-23 years)
BeLonG To Sunday is a youth group for Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Trangender young people based in Dublin. This group is a great way to meet new people, make new friends and get involved in new, fun activities. Belong To meets every Sunday at 3:00pm.
GOLD (Gay men 55+) Gold is a Peer Support Group for gay men who are 55+. The group meets in the café for tea, cake and chats every Wednesday afternoon.
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. Please note AA meetings are not exclusively LGBT. AA meets Friday at 8pm and Sunday at 6.30pm.
Narcotics Anonymous (NA) Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is a non-profit fellowship of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. The group consists of recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean. Please note NA meetings are not exclusively LGBT. NA meets Thursday at 7:00pm.
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