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Driving Innovation in 22/23

We pride ourselves on being responsive to new, emerging and unmet needs that are faced by the communities we support. This year, our staff have witnessed a rapid decline in young people’s mental health with a rise in unhealthy relationships, self-harm and risk of suicide. In response, we have committed to innovating and developing new support mechanisms to meet these challenges.

We have expanded our all-age provision in Cornwall to offer wellbeing support to those affected by menopause, addressing the stigma and raising awareness of the impact the menopause can have within the workplace.

Read more about our future commitments to driving innovation in our 2023-2026 strategy 

Innovating our mental health and wellbeing offer

My Life 1:1 wellbeing programme

Our My Life programme equips young people to build resilience, recognise and value their strengths, and take personally meaningful steps to improve their health and wellbeing. This year, we have successfully extended our My Life delivery across our services. We have strengthened training for specialists based on a review and evaluation of delivery to date so that more young people can benefit.

As an Education and Wellbeing Specialist, it’s a real privilege to deliver this programme and witness first-hand the positive impact it has on the young people that are referred to Brook.”

Lucy Harker, Brook

Mental health literacy

We have adapted our My Life programme to specifically focus on supporting young people to build mental health literacy. The programme supports young people to develop an understanding of what it means to have positive mental health, normalises and destigmatises mental health difficulties, equips young people to label and manage their feelings and understand when and how to seek support.

Our innovative life course approach

All age integrated sexual health services

Our life course approach to sexual and reproductive health is now firmly embedded in our strategic direction and, while we remain committed to fighting for the rights of young people, we are proud to extend our services to wider communities. In 22/23 we supported 34,330 people through our digital-first clinical services in Cornwall, Southend on Sea and Blackburn with Darwen. Read our position statement on life course approach to sexual and reproductive health and rights.

After many years of successfully delivering young people’s services locally, [Brook] showed an incredible commitment and ability to overcome all and any challenges they faced in making the transition to all-age provision. They took over the service from a long-established NHS Trust, supported staff throughout the transition and mobilised at speed at the height of the first COVID lockdown.”

Blackburn commissioner

It is fantastic to see the shift to community-based delivery and the digital advances and innovations they are adopting and embedding that are making a real difference to the accessibility of these services.”

Blackburn commissioner

Menopause Project Cornwall

Thanks to funding from the Department of Health and Social Care, we are delivering an innovative menopause support programme in Cornwall aimed at women and those experiencing the menopause with a specific focus on the impact on their working life. The programme in partnership with local employers provides core information about the menopause, challenges stigma and supports participants to make meaningful changes and manage challenges in a positive way.

Thought Leadership at Brook

Brook learning labs

We have launched Brook’s Learning Labs to explore innovative solutions to embedded problems and to challenge the status quo. Our first thought leadership event brought together experts in the field of child sexual exploitation. 11 experts from a range of organisations worked together to create a strategy to disseminate Spotting the Signs [link coming] and maximise its use in multidisciplinary contexts. 

Innovative Brand Partnerships

Festival Republic

In the second year of our strategic partnership with Festival Republic, we distributed 36,000 condoms to festival goers across six of the biggest UK music festivals. In addition to onsite sexual health and wellbeing support, condom and lube distribution and consent messaging on screens, we implemented push notifications to festival goers directing them to Brook’s Find a Service tool once they had returned home.

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We received over 2000 votes for the third year of the Brook X SH:24 Sexual Health Awards and we were impressed by the individuals and organisations working to de-stigmatise sexual health and wellbeing. Thank you to our expert judges Ruby Rare, Jay Hawkridge, Marc Thompson, Aisha Mirza and Dee Whitnell, and congratulations to the winners:

Young person of the Year
Milly Evans

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Micro-influencer of the Year
Cassie Rattray

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Influencer of the year

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Writer of the Year
Grace Alice O’Sé

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Grassroots initiative of the Year
Outspoken Sex Ed

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Our impact in 2022/23

Increasing accessibility

Challenging inequality

Transforming digitally