Launch of AMACH!’s 2012 report and open community meeting held on Wednesday 16th October 2013

A little bit of history was made on Wednesday 16th of October 2013 in The Harbour Hotel when 9 of Galway’s LGBT support groups and organisations joined AMACH! and shared in how they contribute to our community. Over 70 people attended the AMACH! open community meeting as part of Social Inclusion Week 2013. Nuala Ward gave an overview of the work of AMACH! for 2012 and introduced the new officers who were appointed at AMACH!’s AGM last month. Nuala said, “ It has been an honor and a privilege to work as chairperson with a volunteer run organisation who’s members past and present are dedicated, passionate and committed to working towards a better quality of life and well being for Galway’s LGBT community.”

This was the first public event for AMACH!’s newly appointed officers, John Corcoran chairperson, Michaela Parker company secretary and Sandie Murphy company treasurer.

John Corcoran, AMACH!’s new chairperson, thanked Fintan Battles, Kathy Walsh and Nuala Ward for their time as company secretary, treasurer and chairperson since the establishment of AMACH! Saying “Since joining the board of AMACH! I have seen the hours of hard work and commitment that Nuala, Kathy, Fintan and Kiran have put into the running of AMACH! and on behalf of the newly appointed officers I would like to sincerely thank all of them for their hard work and dedication over the years. We all look forward to working with them as they stay on as members of AMACH!’s board of directors and with their help get Galway a badly needed LGBT community resource centre” John also welcomed Kealan Moore and Valentine Tynan as two new members of the AMACH! board

John welcomed Galway City Council Social Inclusion Officer, Sharon Lawless who launched AMACH!’s 3rd annual report and audited accounts for 2012.

L-R,Nuala Ward, Sharon Lawless and John Corcoran newly appointed chair of AMACH!

What made this a very successful Social Inclusion event is it was a first for Galway’s LGBT support groups and organisations to come together at such a setting. Each group shared how they contribute to our community. From our younger members to our older members and everything in between, the volunteer work, energy, dedication and commitment to a better quality of life and wellbeing for all is very encouraging and inspiring. The groups were: AMACH! Older LGBT advocacy group, AMACH! LGBT Parents support group, LGBT Diversity Interagency Working Group, shOUT! LGBT Youth group, Galway Community Pride Festival Committee, GOSSIP Galway Transgender support group, Gig SOC LGBT support group NUIG, Family Resource Centre Western Region LGBT Network and Amnesty Galway.

Groups attending AMACH!'s 2012 report launch

Fundraising was one of the issues discussed on the night. If anyone is interested in helping AMACH! raise funds or organising a fundraiser for AMACH! to continue our work please contact us on or on our facebook page.

We are inviting those groups who attended to take part in a brainstorm meeting to plan our next step together in making our number one priority a reality, a dedicated LGBT resource centre for all of us to work from, enjoy, network and socialise with our peers.

AMACH! would like to thank everyone who participated in our Social Inclusion Week event. A very special thanks to G-Bar for sponsoring the cost of the venue and tea/coffee.

To view the AMACH! 2012 report open the link below
Amach! Annual Report 2012