Contraception and Sexual Health Outreach Services

The Hathersage Integrated Contraception Sexual Health and HIV Service Sexual Health Outreach Team is a multi-disciplinary citywide team based at The Hathersage Centre. The team offers a range of clinical and non-clinical services for people under 25 years old, both male and female, who would not ordinarily access services.

Non-Clinical Education Services

Our experienced Education Outreach workers provide information, education and training around contraception and sexual health for young people and professionals working with young people. The team has a specific remit around hard to reach and vulnerable young people (under 25’s) e.g. young people at risk of social exclusion or not in mainstream education or employment.

They can deliver group work/ informal education sessions and workshops to young people in a variety of settings. These are interactive and fun and can cover a wide range of areas including contraception; sexually transmitted infections, self-esteem and healthy relationships. All our sessions are developed to meet the needs of the specific group being worked with.

Examples of work:

  • Group work/informal education
  • Workshops on sexual health to update staff knowledge
  • One to One sessions with particularly vulnerable young people
  • Testing for Chlamydia/Gonorrhoea
  • Condom distribution
  • Development of Sex and Relationship Education curriculum

Info for professionals:

  • Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) should equip young children and young people with the information, skills and values to have safe, fulfilling and enjoyable relationships and to take responsibility for their sexual health and wellbeing. It should provide young people with quality information about sex and relationships, and support them to develop the skills, confidence and appropriate values framework to make positive choices. SRE can also be used to communicate the benefits of delaying early sexual intercourse, while ensuring that young people develop the skills and knowledge to prevent STI’s and unintended pregnancy when sexual activity does begin.
  • It is widely accepted that effective SRE increases the likelihood that young people will use contraception, enables them to mature, and give them the confidence, knowledge and skills to make informed, healthy choices.

Feedback

From young people:

  • “I really enjoyed the session, it was fun and not embarrassing and gave us the chance to talk about issues that we wouldn’t normally get the chance too”
  • “I found the session really helpful and learnt lots of new information. Thank-you”
  • “I had a really good time in the group work and it was very informative”
  • “Delivered in a good, relaxed way”
  • “Informative and interactive, better than it was at school”

From Professionals:

  • “The feedback received from the young people and staff was very positive with all commenting that the session was pitched at the right level”
  • “Thank you for providing such valuable information to our young people”
  • “Thanks once again for visiting our project to deliver a sexual health workshop, given our location and statistical information your input was invaluable”