Who are we? We are Sexpression Cardiff, a group of students who go into schools to teach Sex and Relationships Education to young people aged 11-18. We are also part of a National Student-Led Organisation – Sexpression:UK. Our aim is to empower young people to make informed decisions about their reproductive health.
What do we do? Sexpression:UK is a student organisation that empowers young people to make decisions about sex and relationships by running informal and comprehensive sex and relationship sessions in the community. Sexpression:UK aims for a society in which young people are able to access reliable information about relationships, sex and sexuality; where youth are free from STIs and unwanted pregnancy; and where they are empowered to make individual, informed decisions regarding their bodies and their health.
Here at the Cardiff branch, we currently run sessions that focus on puberty, relationships, contraception and STIs in local schools. The sessions are informal, usually to a class of around 30 young people, involving ice-breakers, discussions and demonstrations, with all sessions ending with confidential questions. Last year we ran over 33 workshops and taught over 1060 young people and have recently been awarded ‘Best Branch’ from the National Committee! We are also involved in ADVOCACY, which involves campaigning for causes that are related to Sex and Relationships Education, Women’s rights, reproductive rights and LGBT+ rights. We have held events in the past around Sex Trafficking and FGM awareness, and we also support national campaigns such as Menstrual Hygiene Day and World Aids Day.
I bet you’re wondering how you can get involved. Well, if you’ve been interested in what you’ve read so far, please come to one of our events or one of our training days, we are all welcoming and friendly and will be happy to welcome some new faces to our society!
On November 17th we are holding our Sexual Health Pub Quiz. We have teamed together with Cardiff SHAG (Sexual Health Awareness Group) and LGBT+ to bring you a Sexual Heath pub quiz! It will be in the Vulcan in Cathays from 7pm onwards. Bring a team (entry will be £1 per person) and let’s talk about sex baby!
After this, Training Day! We are running a training session on the 28th November in the Students Union Room 4G. Please visit our Facebook page (Sexpression Cardiff) or twitter(@sexpressioncdf) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up. The training day will consist of going through all the lesson plans and training you up with some teaching skills, such as how to create a non-judgemental environment, how to answer difficult questions, and child protection.
At a recent National Conference, we were voted in by other branches to hold this year’s General Assembly which will be in March. This will involve keynote speakers and workshops and will be attended by all branches of Sexpression:UK. Watch out for tickets going on sale in the new year!
We are currently only training people who are healthcare students, or who already have DBS certificates. However, if you don’t fulfil these criteria please still get in contact with us as we are hoping to branch out to other students very soon!