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  • Let’s Talk. Period: 5 Key Learnings

    30th Mar 2020 by

    Brook’s Let’s Talk. Period project launched in October 2018, working to tackle period poverty in 7 areas across England. Education Manager, Ruby Stevenson, highlights our 5 key takeaways from this essential work. For the last 18 months, Brook has been running the Let’s Talk. Period project in partnership with Plan International UK to tackle period… Read more

  • COVID-19: Why we must talk about sexual health

    24th Mar 2020 by

    Brook’s Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Lisa Hallgarten, highlights some key steps you can take to protect your sexual and reproductive health during COVID-19, as well as Brook’s key asks for the Government to avert a sexual health crisis. Staying at home during a lockdown sounds like the safest kind of sex – in… Read more

  • PHE Innovation Fund: Welcome to Brook

    13th Feb 2020 by

    Brook is delighted to have secured funding through the 2020 PHE Innovation Fund to develop a new digital tool to triage young people in our waiting rooms. Below, Director of Digital & Communications, Laura Hamzic, describes how the idea behind the project was developed. The reality is that societal stigma still limits young people’s ability to take… Read more

  • Keeping young people safe online

    10th Feb 2020 by

    For Safer Internet Day, Kelly Harris, Business Development Lead for Brook’s expansion work into Wales uses her 15+ years of experience working with young people to discuss the importance of staying safe online. The internet is a brilliant and innovative space which is constantly evolving – giving us the opportunity to meet new people from… Read more

  • Free Period Products: Just the Bloody Start!

    3rd Feb 2020 by

    Terri Harris, Education and Wellbeing Specialist for Brook’s Let Talk. Period project, highlights the successes and shortcomings of the Department for Education’s period poverty scheme that will see free products available in schools and colleges in England.

  • Tackling STI stigma through education

    28th Jan 2020 by

    Brook Education and Wellbeing Specialist, Amber Newman-Clark, explains why relationships and sex education about STIs needs to do better than using scare tactics and is key to breaking down stigma and opening up conversation.

  • Accessible sexual health images for all

    22nd Jan 2020 by

    Dean Milner-Bell is Accessible Information Designer at easy on the i, creating images and resources including leaflets, brochures, banners, etc. as well as running the website, image bank and image request service. He also provides a commissioned design service, supporting any organisation to create their own accessible information. He tells us what lead him to… Read more

  • Let’s talk about sex: ending STI stigma

    17th Jan 2020 by

    Following a herpes diagnosis, Rukiat Ashawe had to confront her own shame around STIs and in doing so realised we need to provide better sex education for young people. As a sex educator, she is determined to de-stigmatise sex and sexual health.

  • Mandatory RSE: welcome but flawed

    8th Jan 2020 by

    Brook’s Head of Education, Dougie Boyd, writes on the advent of mandatory RSE in September 2020. He tells us that while definitely welcome and long overdue, the legislation remains fundamentally flawed.

  • Talking to teenagers about consent and pleasure

    12th Dec 2019 by

    Education and Wellbeing Specialist, Lota Bantić, explains why teaching young people about consent and pleasure is an essential component of Relationships and Sex Education, and gives some tips for if you’re approaching these topics for the first time.

  • Relationships and Sex Education in Cornwall

    2nd Dec 2019 by

    Hatty Lawrence, Education and Wellbeing Specialist for the Brook Education Team in Cornwall, tells us what motivated her to work in sexual health and why the work Brook does in Cornwall is so valuable. As a trained nurse I have long wanted to work with young people in the sexual health field. I became aware… Read more

  • Online testing: a new way to look after your sexual health

    28th Nov 2019 by

    Our first digitally-led service in partnership with SH:24 launches in Cornwall in December. In anticipation of this we hear from Alicia Thornton, Public Health Registrar, about how online testing works and why it holds unique benefits in the context of a diverse population with varying accessibility requirements. Getting tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) is… Read more

  • Liverpool’s Young MP fighting for period equality

    27th Nov 2019 by

    17 year old Eva Carroll is a member of the UK Youth Parliament, Former Young Lord Mayor of Liverpool, and an ambassador for Plan International UK. Eva dreams of a period positive and equal world and has pledged to end period poverty and stigma as part of her campaign

  • A week in the life of a menstrual health educator…

    24th Nov 2019 by

    Terri Harris, Education & Wellbeing Specialist for Brook in Bristol, fights tirelessly every day to challenge period stigma and bust myths so that young people feel empowered to take control of their menstrual health. This is a week in Terri’s shoes…

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    Let’s Talk. Period

    17th Nov 2019 by

    Brook’s Let’s talk. Period project is committed to tackling period poverty in England. The project launched in Oct 2018 with seven teams across England, providing vulnerable young people with period products and education.

  • Welcome to the Vagina Museum

    11th Nov 2019 by

    With the Vagina Museum set to open its doors officially on 16 November, Development and Marketing Manager, Zoe Williams, tells us what the inspiration was behind the museum; the roadblocks they’ve faced along the way; and why a physical space dedicated to learning about vaginas and vulvas is a necessity.

  • Pro-Choice Abortion rights campaigners holding signs in front of a Belfast mural

    The North is Today: Two Weeks On

    4th Nov 2019 by

    Two weeks on from the historic victory for women’s rights in Northern Ireland, Naomi Connor, Co-Convenor of Alliance for Choice, tells us what abortion decriminalisation means in reality and why the battle isn’t over yet.

  • Brook Cymru

    30th Oct 2019 by

    In July this year Brook welcomed Kelly Harris, Business Development Lead / Arweinydd Datblygu Busnes, to lead the expansion of our education services in Wales. Here Kelly shares details of the official launch event.

  • Group of abortion rights campaigners

    The North is Now!

    22nd Oct 2019 by

    At midnight on 21 October 2019, abortion was decriminalised in Northern Ireland in an historic victory for women’s reproductive health. Lisa Hallgarten explains how we got here.

  • a picture of Caitlin at her graduation

    We need to talk about vulvas

    16th Oct 2019 by

    Brook’s lead clinical champion, 25 year-old Caitlin Gorman, writes of her experience of the shame and stigma that still surrounds young people’s bodies – both in her professional and personal life – and how we can combat this.

  • Contraception: a battle yet to be won

    26th Sep 2019 by

    For World Contraception Day, Brook’s Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Lisa Hallgarten, writes of the immense progress made towards access to contraception, as well as the work still to be done.

  • Relationships, sex and disability

    20th Sep 2019 by

    This week is Brook’s first Sexual Health Week and we’re proud to be working closely with Mencap to change the dialogue around relationships, sex and learning disability. We spoke to Ellen, the co-chair of Mencap’s sexuality and relationships steering group, about why her work is so important. Can you tell us a bit about the sexuality… Read more

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