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Outreach and Educational Services for Blackburn with Darwen

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Alongside our clinical services, Brook is commissioned to provide sexual health promotion, community outreach, education and training within Blackburn with Darwen.

Working closely with our clinical colleagues, our aim is to ensure that key beneficiary groups are benefiting from good sexual and reproductive health services by raising awareness, signposting and improving the knowledge, skills and attitudes of both professionals and service users.

To find out more, please contact us.

General Education and Health Promotion Events

Outreach health promotion and health/wellbeing events give young people introductory information and inspiration to find out more about sexual health, healthy relationships and local sexual health services.

The focus is on communicating a specific health and wellbeing message to young people, for example, information about sexual health week and is linked to local and national health promotion campaigns.

These sessions can be delivered in schools, colleges and community settings and can include:

  • General advice and guidance: Young people can access information and guidance about a range of sexual health topics, issues and concerns.
  • Signposting: Young people can seek help identifying and accessing other services on a one to one basis and can be supported to access Blackburn with Darwen’s digital offer and access to SH:24.
  • Referral to other agencies/organisations/services: Young people can receive support to access the services of other agencies and organisations or, with their consent, be referred to other agencies/services. This might include school nursing teams, safeguarding teams, students’ services/pastoral services at school/college etc, alcohol and substance misuse services, domestic violence services, social services, GP’s, sexual health clinics and pharmacies.
  • Wrapped Condom distribution and registration: Our outreach condom distribution service enables people of all ages to access condoms, internal (female) condoms and lubricant at a variety of events, educational environments and community venues. Fraser guidelines are adhered to for all young people under 16.
  • Chlamydia Screening: Chlamydia screening is available and will be offered to people of all ages at a range of events and educational activities. Information and guidance will be offered to promote positive health messages.

To find out more, contact stacey.brown@brook.org.uk

One-off education sessions

One-off education sessions provide the opportunity for young people to explore a topic in detail.

These one-hour sessions reinforce positive messages and create a safe space to allow young people to learn new information, share existing knowledge, practice skills, think critically and question assumptions and beliefs. These sessions may form part of an existing PSHE or RSE curriculum and are an opportunity to bring subject specialists into school/college.

To find out more, contact stacey.brown@brook.org.uk

The Brook education team in Blackburn with Darwen work alongside Renaissance who provide specialist HIV education, advice, information and outreach support alongside HIV testing opportunities.

There are also a number of paid training courses available for professionals working with young people in Blackburn with Darwen.