Project information

Education for Life

To work with young people and their parents to provide relationship and sex education that will enable them to make healthy and informed choices which will last their whole life.

This is an open ended project which we hope will continue to grow

Charity information: The Willow Tree Centre (Bristol)

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  • Need

    Need

    In a YouGov survey for Channel 4 last year of over 2000 14-17 year old teenagers it was revealed that more than a third rely on getting advice on sex from friends, the internet, magazines and pornography; nearly three in ten said they need more sex and relationships education and that sex is not discussed openly at home; 40% of these 14-17 year olds are sexually active; 35% of teens lie to their parents about levels of sexual activity and only 6% would wait until marriage before having sex.

    Solution

    At the heart is the premise that each person  is a unique and valuable individual - we want to encourage the development of self-worth, self-esteem and to cultivate a healthy respect for self and others. We aim to provide young people, boys and girls, with high quality information about relationships and sex and the support to develop the skills, confidence and appropriate values they need to make and carry through positive choices, including a strong focus on the benefits of delaying early sex

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To encourage the development of self-worth, self-esteem and cultivate a healthy respect for others.

    Activities

    » Giving young people friendship skills through activities, games and discussions
    » Building a sense of rights, self-esteem & aspirations through discussions, drama, art and games

    Success will be seeing positive feedback on forms completed after sessions by individuals and organisations. Bookings by educational establishments to work with more young people.


    Aim 2

    To provide young people with high quality information about relationships and sex

    Activities

    » Providing exciting and informative RSE lessons using our education team which includes nurses, GPs and other practitioners
    » Using our 10 virtual babies to enable young people to experience the reality of teenage pregnancy

    Success will be seeing positive feedback on forms completed after sessions by individuals and organisations. Bookings by educational establishments to work with more young people.


    Aim 3

    To develop the skills, confidence and appropriate values framework to make positive life choices

    Activities

    » Work on assertiveness skills, dealing with pressure and lines to say “no” through games and role plays

    Success will be seeing positive feedback on forms completed after sessions by individuals and organisations. Bookings by educational establishments to work with more young people.


    Aim 4

    Work with parents and carers to enable them to provide positive relationships and sex education

    Activities

    » Use 'speakeasy' courses including collage and artwork, role play, games and discussions as well as accurate up to date information

    Success will be positive feedback from parents and carers, an enthusiasm to put into practice what they have learned and recommendations to other parents.


    Aim 5

    To develop healthy working partnerships with other local practitioners and professionals

    Activities

    » To attend relevant meetings and training courses to network, share practice and enable relationships to grow

    Success will be working together in partnership with other proefessionals to provide a co-ordinated local programme of relationship and sex education.


  • Impact

    Impact

    A reduction locally in the teenage pregnancy rate and the rate of STIs in young people(demonstrated by statistics). Young people being enabled to wait until they are ready before having sex and to have the skills to be able to say "no". Parents and carers having confidence to talk to their children about relationships and sex. Success being demonstrated by anecdotal evidence from youth workers, GPs and other health professionals and teachers and recommendations of our services to others.

    Risk

    This area can be contraversial and provoke strong reactions. Some people assume that there are 'hidden agendas' and this can mean that there is a reluctance to invite the team into schools. We strive to develop relationships with other professionals, to attend meetings and courses and to share information and ideas. Adherence to local safeguarding and other legal guidelines is essential.

    Reporting

    We produce an annual report every year.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £9,800

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      Amount Heading Description
      £500 lessons handouts, leaflets and othermaterials
      £500 lessons, workshops, meetings team travel costs
      £1,000 virtual baby project maintenance and insurance for virtual babies
      £7,800 salary funding of salary for education development worker
  • Background

    Location

    We are based in Yate,South Gloucestershire. We aim to focus our work on local secondary and primary schools, pupil referral units and Eastwood Park women's prison. Yate West has been highlighted as a disadvantaged community and is considered a "hot spot" for teenage pregnacies within South Gloucestershire

    Beneficiaries

    ONS figures for 2008 show that in South Gloucestershire there are 16400 young people aged 10 to 14yrs and 16700 aged 15 to 17 yrs. ONS for 2006 indicates the rate of teenage pregnancy is 30.6 per 1000 girls aged 15-17. There are 12 secondary schools and two pupil referral units in South Gloucestershire.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The charity's main focus is providing care and support for women in crisis pregnancy. This background means that we are only too aware of the consequences of unplanned and unprotected sex. The education team is made up of volunteers from different spheres and we are able to pool experience and knowledge to provide a rich programme of relationship and sex education. As an independent charity we can challenge accepted assumptions and behaviours.

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    People

    Helen Webb

    Education Development Worker - leading and co-ordinating Education Team, producing material, meeting with schools, speakeasy facilitator, networking

    Joy Fussell

    Centre Director - oversees all work of charity, member of education team, speakeasy facilitator, Virtual baby educator

    Maggie Lugg

    Member of Education Team, speakeasy facilitator

    Rachel Bayley

    member of Education Team, local GP