Who is LINC for and what does LINC aim to do?
LINC aims to: Improve the quality of life, health and well-being of all women who identify as lesbian or bisexual in Ireland. Objectives:
- To build a safe, accessible and vibrant community centre (actual and virtual) for lesbians, bisexual and Trans (LBT) women.
- To provide information and support for LBT women and their families.
- To promote the mental, physical, emotional and sexual health of LBT women.
- To inform and contribute to relevant policy development at local, regional and national level.
- To be a model of best practice rooted in feminist, social justice and community development principles.
For over twenty years, Lesbian and Bisexual women in Cork have been providing support services for others in our community and have been active in promoting equality for Lesbian and Bisexual women. This culminated in the foundation of LINC (Lesbians in Cork), an organisation committed to informing and impacting upon social inclusion policy and practice and providing peer support services to all in our community.
LINC is the only community development organisation working exclusively with Lesbian and Bisexual women in the Republic of Ireland. Through the LINC Resource Centre, we have completed a comprehensive outreach training and development programme. We have also begun to actively engage with various representative groups in the community including the young women’s group, lesbian parents’ group, the group founded to support the parents of lesbian and bisexual women and the older lesbian group.
In an effort to identify the needs of our service users we have conducted various research projects including;
Lesbian Health: A study of the General Health of the Lesbian Community in Cork;
Lesbians in Cork: Who We Are Now – A Community Profile
Community Survey 2010
Who’s Who in LINC?
Steering Group: Helen Slattery (Chair) Kate Moynihan (Secretary)
Eleanor Moore (HSE representative),
If you need to speak to someone at LINC please see lists below to find the right person to talk to.
Toddy Hogan: Project Co-ordinator
Karla Crowley: Administrator: social events, advertising, Website, Facebook, Finance/Accounts/Payroll.
Tina Carr: Liaison Worker: social events, community information, reception, groups, community liason.
Emma Hurley: Community Support Worker, Social Events, listening service, advocacy, newsletter, community information, groups.