Category Archives: sexual health

SWAP – Structured Weekend Antidote Program

Over the summer, I’m pleased to announce that I will be running a workshop as part of SWAP; an amazing and innovative response to the ever-growing ChemSex scene in London. Here’s what London Friend say about the program:

“Who is it for?

SWAP is for men 18+ who identify as a Gay, Bi, trans or MSM (men who have sex with men) and feel that their chem use is either already out of control, getting out of control or is having a negative impact on their lives. The programme is aimed at people who are serious about trying to take those steps that will lead to greater control over their use or who would like to become chem free altogether.

What does it involve?

SWAP is an intensive group programme over 4 full weekends (11 – 4.30 Saturday & Sunday).
It will take you through a series of workshops which will help you to understand and explore issues such as:

  • Relapse Prevention
  • Sex (inc. sober sex) & Sexuality
  • Self Esteem & Confidence
  • Assertiveness
  • Relationships
  • Boundaries
  • Social/intimacy anxiety
  • Thinking patterns
  • Goal setting, life planning & decision making
  • Relaxation & stress management

There will also be an opportunity to try complimentary therapies such
as acupuncture and mindfulness meditation techniques.”

For more info visit: http://londonfriend.org.uk/get-support/drugsandalcohol/weekend-programme/about-swap/

LGBT Youth Awareness Training

LGBT Youth Awareness Training Workshop May2014Friday 9th May 2014: 2-5pm at the ELOP Centre
Cost £30 per person

Sexual orientation and gender identity are two of the protected characteristics specified in The Equality Act (2010) as minority groups at elevated risk of experiencing many health inequalities and discrimination. Ensure your organisation and staff are LGB&T aware by accessing ELOP’s multidisciplinary LGBT Youth Awareness Training.

PLEASE DOWNLOAD OUR BOOKING FORM HERE:
ELOP Booking Form – LGBT Youth Awareness Training Workshop May2014<
ELOP – LGBT Youth Awareness Training Workshop May2014

Men’s Health & Wellness Workshop – Tuesday 15th April

7.00pm to 9.30pm @ ELOP

Health & Wellness for Gay, Bi & Queer Self-identified Men.

Following on from our previous workshops on ‘Love, Sex & Intimacy’ for Queer guys, I’ll be co-facilitating a health session next week for guys from the LGBTQ communities. We’ll be sharing tips on exercise (suitable for all abilities); healthy eating; tackling stress; keeping a healthy sleep schedule and looking at how to maintain your sexual health. We’ll also be discussing health concerns that are particularly relevent for men aged 30 and up.

30+ Men’s Group – 7.00-9.30pm
Social evening for GB&T men twice a monthly on Tuesday 1st & 3rd Tuesday of every month.
On the 1st Tuesday of the month, we meet at ELOP. On The 3rd Tuesday we’ll be arranging an event or outing elsewhere.

Club Mellow Men’s Groups @ ELOP
56-60 Grove Road
Walthamstow
London
E17 9BN

Contact us for details.
Email: info@elop.org – Tel: 020 8509 3898
Cost: £2

Love, Sex & Intimacy – A workshop for gay, bisexual & trans* men who have sex with men

18-30 Men’s Night: 7-9:30pm, meets fortnightly on the second and fourth Tuesday each month at ELOP: £2.

Next Tuesday, I will be facilitating the following session at ELOP in Walthamstow. It’s open to all queer guys aged 18-30, from all faiths, backgrounds and cultures. Come and join the conversation.
Tuesday 11th February: Love, Sex & Intimacy for Gay, Bisexual and trans * MSM (men who have sex with men – Aged 18-30) – Intimacy can be a difficult area to navigate for lots of people, but for gay, bisexual and men who have sex with men we know it can be particularly tricky. Reporting on the escalating ‘Chem Sex’ scene earlier this month, Channel 4 news suggested that a struggle with intimacy is the root of this worrying trend in our communities. Join us at ELOP to talk about what intimacy means to you; learn some easy ‘take home’ relaxation & intimacy exercises or just chill out, meet people and shoot some pool.
ELOP – 56/60 Grove Road, Walthamstow, London E17 9BN – 020 8509 3898 – admin@elop.orgwww.elop.org

Trans Health Matters 2014 #transhealthmatters

Following the success of Trans Health Matters in March 2013, the second event aims to provide a trans* voice into the health debate; providing practical solutions for trans* engagement and for strategic inclusion in the health & social care sectors.

The 2014 event is supported by cliniQ, the innovative trans* health and well being NHS service in central London; it’s partner providers and the National LGB & T Partnership. It will look at specific health needs and issues of trans* inclusion in the planning and delivery of health, public health and social care services.

In the spirit of the event, Trans Health Matters wants to include trans* people at every stage of its development. We’d love to hear what trans* people want from the day:

What matters to you with regards to trans* health and well-being?

What can the program include that would make it appealing to you? (i.e. what sort of activities or discussions are relevant for you)

How can we make the event as inclusive, rewarding and accessible as possible?

To have your say, join us on twitter, 4pm this Sunday (December 8th) on the hashtag #transhealthmatters

#SomeoneLikeMe

Someone Like Me is a new intiative from Durex and MTV. They’re hoping to facilitate a global conversation to get people talking more openly about sex for better sex education, happier and healthier sex lives and a world free from HIV.

According to their website (www.someonelikeme.tv):

It’s sex education without the boring bits. Honest, inspiring, fun and truthful

It’s a chance to talk to people like you. People with the same questions, hopes and fears

A celebration of the things that make us different and the things that make us the same

“Some Boys Have Vaginas”

…has been the working title for the sexual health workshop I’ve been working on for the past six months. Now officially called “Sexual Health for Trans* Bodies”, the workshop aims to provide a grounding in sexual health education for people of all body types, identities and sexual orientations.

Thanks to some really great publications here in the UK from Gendered Intelligence and the Terrence Higgins Trust, sexual health for trans* people has at least received a mention in recent years, but there is still a real lack of understanding and information. Definitely, there is a lack of people delivering training (in person) that caters for people with non-binary gender identities. I am really hoping to be a part of the push to change this and both my managers and colleagues seem really keen to facilitate that, too.

I’ll be piloting the workshop at Evolve, Norwich’s monthly trans* youth support group this week and hopefully the young people will provide some useful feedback to improve the format.

Fingers crossed!