Young people in the UK site the influence of relationships and relationship education to be one of the most important factors in their wellbeing (Princes Trust, 2010). Research has also demonstrated that relevant and engaging relationships and sex education has an essential part to play in the development of young people into responsible adults (Reducing Teenage Pregnancy, Guidance & Self Assessment Tool, NHS Scotland (2011)).
The resources developed and used by the Choices Aberdeen Relationship Revolution Team are relevant, engaging and creative, providing an interactive learning experience. They have been developed to reflect local and national government targets including the Curriculum for Excellence and the Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus Framework.
The workshops which our team facilitates aim to:
- Promote healthy self esteem and positive assertiveness
- Promote personal responsibility for physical, mental and emotional wellbeing
- Promote confident, informed decision making
- Promote respect for others
- Challenge prejudice and explore beliefs and values
- Raise awareness of the consequences of risky behaviour
Our workshops below can be tailored to the needs of each organisation/group, making them age appropriate and relevant in any setting. We welcome inquiries from groups or organisations desiring content specifically to their needs:
Our range of workshops:
A set of sessions looking at how to recognise and be part of healthy, positive relationships, and to take ownership of decision making in the context of relationships. We examine the risks and consequences of drinking alcohol, and the influence of the media and peer pressure, and discuss our beliefs and values surrounding sex and relationships.
A set of sessions designed to raise awareness of sexual exploitation, to teach participants to recognise grooming and exploitative behaviour in relationships, to protect them from becoming vulnerable, and to equip and empower them to seek help.
A single session exploring the use of sexualised images in the media and online, with a focus on pornography and its effect on real life sexual relationships
A set of sessions helping participants to ‘bounce back’ from setbacks and hardships in life by increasing their resilience. Participants learn how to healthily process negative emotions, how to deal positively with failure and how to cultivate good emotional and mental wellbeing.
Bounce with Creative Therapy
As above, but tailored more specifically to meet the needs of participants with specific emotional or behavioural barriers to learning, who are suffering particular hardships, or dealing with more complex emotional issues. Beginning with creative therapy, participants are enabled to process their emotions and open up through creative arts, before moving on to our resilience program, as detailed above.
Self-Esteem and Assertiveness
A session examining identity and its links to positive self-esteem and emotional health. Participants learn the importance of good self-esteem and assertiveness in relationships, and get the opportunity to learn tips and practice being assertive.
‘I’m more aware of sexual exploitation and how to help others’
‘I learned how to make the right decisions’
‘It gave me more confidence’
‘It was fun.’
‘It made me think about my future with a boyfriend.’
‘It made me think where my relationships go wrong.’
‘Really useful and relevant lessons’
‘Please come back.’