How I got here: Brook Clinical Education and Wellbeing Specialist

Ben Tooke is a Clinical Education and Wellbeing Specialist for Brook in London. He shares how he went from wanting to be a photographer to working in the field of sexual health, and why he’s grateful for all his experiences. Working in sexual health wasn’t on my radar until my mid-twenties, prior to that IContinue reading “How I got here: Brook Clinical Education and Wellbeing Specialist”

A week in the life of a Brook Senior Administrator

In this blog, Grace Ransley explains some of the roles and responsibilities she carries out on a weekly basis as a Senior Administrator for Brook in London. Admin roles are vital in ensuring Brook’s clinical services are able to run smoothly, allowing Brook to support as many young people as possible. When I graduated fromContinue reading “A week in the life of a Brook Senior Administrator”

Bell v Tavistock Brook Statement

Trans young people must be reassured that the judgment in Bell v Tavistock does not affect their right to sexual and reproductive healthcare. The judgment in the Bell v Tavistock judicial review has caused significant distress to those Trans young people receiving and seeking treatment with puberty blockers. The clinical staff supporting them at theContinue reading “Bell v Tavistock Brook Statement”

How I got here: Brook Director of Digital and Communications

Laura Hamzic, Director of Digital & Communications at Brook, is responsible for the digital strategy and transformation of the organisation. Here, she talks about her journey into a digital career in sexual health. When I think back to careers conversations at school, I have to laugh. Admittedly it was the late 1990s and careers in ‘digital’ just weren’tContinue reading “How I got here: Brook Director of Digital and Communications”

A week in the life of a Brook Education & Wellbeing Specialist

Amber Newman-Clark, Education & Wellbeing Specialist for Brook in London, works hard every day to challenge stigma around sex and sexuality so that young people feel empowered to take control of their own lives. This is a week in Amber’s shoes… Why I do what I do   The message that sex, bodies and certain aspects ofContinue reading “A week in the life of a Brook Education & Wellbeing Specialist”

Contraception and endometriosis: an arduous journey

In this guest blog, 27-year-old Bima Loxley compares the lengthy journey she went through to reach an endometriosis diagnosis to the challenge of finding a method of contraception that was right for her. She explains why we need better education for young people to equip them to successfully tackle these issues. A new report hasContinue reading “Contraception and endometriosis: an arduous journey”

Abortion pills save lives

For International Safe Abortion Day, Laura Hurley, Programme Advisor at the Safe Abortion Action Fund writes on why abortion regulations should be based on health needs rather than stigma and explains why abortion services should be more widely available by telemedicine. The majority (73%) of all abortions which take place in England and Wales areContinue reading “Abortion pills save lives”

How Relationships Education supports children and their parents

For Sexual Health Week 2020 and throughout September, Brook is celebrating the introduction of mandatory RSE in all schools in England. Dr Kerry Ashton-Shaw, talks to us from the position of being a parent and psychologist, about the ways in which RSE is beneficial for children’s development. What if there was something that we could provide for ourContinue reading “How Relationships Education supports children and their parents”

‘Relationships’ must be at the forefront of RSE

For Sexual Health Week 2020 and throughout September, Brook is celebrating the introduction of mandatory RSE in all schools in England. Brook Education and Wellbeing Specialist, Viccie Hamlet, talks to us about how Brook makes teaching about relationships a priority of our RSE model. At Brook, we have used the term ‘Relationships and Sex Education’Continue reading “‘Relationships’ must be at the forefront of RSE”

RSE might have helped me realise I was in an abusive relationship

For Sexual Health Week 2020 and throughout September, Brook is celebrating the introduction of mandatory RSE in all schools in England. Molly Lawrenson, 20, talks to us about how important RSE is in helping young people identify abuse in their relationships. I believe that mandatory RSE is essential if we, as a society, are everContinue reading “RSE might have helped me realise I was in an abusive relationship”