Think For Yourself in Schools
Workshops for Young People
Think For Yourself delivers fun, interactive workshops to young people, aged 9 – 19, in schools in North East England.
The topic and content of workshops are uniquely tailored to ensure they are age appropriate, linked to National Curriculum guidelines and/or based around the specific needs of a class or school. Each workshop has a lesson plan and learning objectives. These meet the criteria of PSHE Guidelines and the current DfE Draft Guidelines that will form the new Sex and Relationships curriculum beginning September 2020. We will ensure that you are happy with the content and can assist in communicating or meeting with parents. Take a look at our most popular workshops.
Workshops take place over 1 hour (unless otherwise agreed). Class sizes can range from a small focus group to a class of 40 pupils. Assemblies are available for HIV awareness.
> "82% of 11-18 year olds surveyed said they thought it was important to learn about the impact of pornography as part of relationships and sex education."
NSPCC survey, 2017
Workshops for Teachers & Parents
We support and equip teachers and parents to engage with young people in a positive and honest way about all things relationships and sex. We can tailor our workshops to your specific needs. We are also available for conferences, training and networking events. Please get in touch to find out more.
> "Thank you for another very informative session. I enjoyed the activities and being encouraged to explain our opinions. The conversation about consent was a very important one and I'm glad more young people will be thinking about it as a result of this workshop."
teacher in North Tyneside
Think For Yourself in the Community
Workshops for Community Groups
Think For Yourself delivers fun, interactive workshops to young people, aged 9 – 19, in community settings across North East England.
The topic and content of workshops are uniquely tailored to ensure they are age appropriate and based around the specific needs of your group. We will ensure that you are happy with the content and can assist in communicating or meeting with parents. Take a look at our most popular workshops.
> "Very informative with clarification on many myths; interesting and surprising statistics. Thank you."
feedback from Teacher Training session, Newcastle
Workshops for Youth Leaders
We support and equip youth leaders to engage with young people in a positive and honest way about all things relationships and sex. We can tailor our workshops to your specific needs. We are also available for conferences, training and networking events. Please get in touch to find out more.
Workshops with a Christian Faith Perspective
We have a Christian ethos and are able to deliver workshops from a faith perspective, allowing young people to think for themselves about the relationships that they have and want and how their faith influences their choices and values.
All of our workshops are non-judgemental and sex positive, meaning we help young people to see sex as something positive and healthy.
We also offer workshops for youth workers or parents, where we explore together the issues that are important to young people, how to best engage young people of faith and help them navigate through the challenges of living in today’s society. Please get in touch to find out more.
"Think for yourself was really helpful for our youth group. No points of view were forced on the young people and the activities were helpful and engaging. The sessions opened up further discussions. I would highly recommend them."
Sarah Robinson, YFC North East
Think For Yourself Workshops
We create safe, honest and open environments where young people explore the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing up, relationships, sex, human sexuality and sexual health. The workshops equip young people with confidence, skills and knowledge which empowers them to make healthy choices.
Each workshop has a lesson plan and learning objectives and take place over 1 hour (unless otherwise agreed). We cater for group sizes from 4 to 15.
Our friendly and knowledgeable team use a variety of teaching methods to cater for all learning styles, including facilitating open discussion, small group activities, video clips, role play and facilitator led presentations. All of our sessions are explicitly LGBT+ inclusive.
Here are some of our most popular topics…
Porn: What’s The Harm?
We ask pupils to consider where and how we are influenced when it comes to relationships and sex and explore the differences between sex on-screen and real life intimacy. We also look at the negative impact porn can have on relationships, self-esteem and the wider world.
Consent: Have You Got It?
Respect and communication are key to relationships. From kissing to sex and everything in between, we discuss consent, how to give it, get it and why you need it.
The Great Sex Quiz
An interactive, fact-filled look at sexual health, including contraception, sexually transmitted infections and the emotionally healthy sex quiz.
Nudes: The New Normal?
Sending naked images and sexual messages is, for many young people, common, expected and easy to do, but the risks are often overlooked. We look at the legal and moral aspects of sending and sharing images and what to do if you've shared too much.
Feeling Like Me
What makes us feel good? What stresses us out? How do we take care of ourselves? Guiding pupils through various group and individual activities, we introduce some simple steps to help increase their emotional well-being and self-esteem.
What begins as an online and social media safety refresher digs a little deeper, as we think about the ways in which we interact with others online, the implications of what we post, send and share and how we can be a positive presence in the online world.
The Truth About HIV?
Born out of an HIV initiative, Think for Yourself are passionate about educating young people and adults about HIV. In this session we aim to break down stigma by debunking myths and providing the facts about the virus, to raise awareness and create a safer, more accepting community for those living with HIV.
Healthy Relationships (Part 1): Who & What Are We Looking For?
What are our values and expectations when it comes to relationships? Where do we get our ideas from and what do we look for in a partner? What's OK and not OK in a relationship and what can we do if we feel uncomfortable, badly treated or unsafe?
Healthy Relationships (Part 2): Sex - What’s It All About?
What is sex and why do people do it? What if we're scared or never have the desire to? We ask these questions and encourage young people to recognise sex as positive, pleasurable and equal – and different for everyone. However, to have safe, satisfying experiences, sex needs to be in the context of a healthy relationship, when both partners are comfortable and ready, with an understanding of responsibilities, consequences and the law... and consent is key!
A bespoke programme, depending on the group and their needs, this 6-week course is designed for smaller focus groups to establish the foundations of positive relationship building, especially with young people who may be more vulnerable or need an opportunity to chat things through. In this course, we think about our own values, relationships values, safe sex, consent, and grooming.