What we do

The OutWest committee is elected every year at the AGM which generally takes place in early April. There are 10 committee members who are elected by the patrons of OutWest in attendance on the night. There are 5 positions which are specialised positions, Chairman, vice chair, secretary, PRO and treasurer and 5 general committee posts. These 10 committee members are tasked with running OutWest for the year on behalf of OutWest‘s patrons.

The committee meets every two months to both discuss and plan a variety of activities for the upcoming year. Some of these activities you might be familiar with or have heard of. The famous OutWest socials or Disco’s that take place in a number of different locations throughout the West 4-5 times a year.

These socials have been held in Galway City, Castlebar, Ballina, Westport and Sligo over the past few years with between 100 – 200 patrons attending.

The Boat Cruise in Carrick on Shannon in July is another favorite with many patrons and makes for a different and more intimate experience for those in attendance.
The Committee also organises other activities such as walks, bowling, quiz nights throughout the year.

Another favourite with some patrons is the Christmas Dinner which has been held in Westport for the past few years and has been a very enjoyable experience for all those who attended.

The OutWest Committee also facilitates the delivery of personal development workshops along with sexual health talks and provides funding to the OutWest Gay Helpline to provide a confidential listening service to the LGBT community.

These activities sometimes require the committee to take some extra time out to plan and create a strategy for the future of OutWest .

As the needs of patrons and members of the LGBT community evolve and change over time OutWest seeks to do the same.

Recently the Committee met to evaluate the services and support it is providing to its patrons and to the LGBT community and to plan for the future.

A new website that is modern interactive and informative is the basis of the service going forward. Social media is an important feature of communication in our modern world and OutWest is seeking to use these mediums to communicate with and seek the opinions of patrons in relation to their needs and the direction of OutWest into the future.

Should you wish to get involved in OutWest or if you have any ideas that you would like the committee to consider on your behalf please e mail us or come along to the AGM or indeed to any of our our functions. We would love to see and hear from you.

John Mannion
January 2015