Professionals

Training, Education, Outreach and Resources for your organisation

In addition to providing services for young people, SAYiT offers support and services to a wide range of professionals across Sheffield, South Yorkshire and nationally. Our core values are about effectively engaging with young people and listening to them; our training and offer to professionals is grounded in the direct work we do with young people.

We offer the following:

  • Education sessions delivered in partnership with schools and youth settings to young people in Sheffield and surrounding areas of LGBT+, HIV and sexual health.
  • Sex and Relationships Forum (free to Sheffield participants).

To book a training course, education session or commission bespoke training, please request a booking form. To access support or information or purchase resources please visit our shop or get in touch.

We also have a resource for Sheffield Schools to support Transgender students. This Trans Support Pack helps with issues such as recording a students preferred name, providing gender neutral toilets, supporting parents, carers and siblings at the school as well as lesson plans for teachers to help introduce the topic. Download a copy here.

If you would like to refer a young person, please get in contact before making a referral.

Training

Our core values are about effectively engaging with young people and listening to them. As such, our training and offer to professionals is grounded in the direct work we do with young people.

We offer the following training sessions for staff in the education, health, social and voluntary sectors:

  • LGBT+ Basic Awareness Training
  • Trans Awareness and Supporting Trans Young People in School
  • HIV Awareness
  • STIs and Sexual Health

“I have been reflecting on the messages I heard about how relatively simple adjustments to facilities and gender classification can make such a difference to how gender diversity is perceived and experienced by young people and those working with them, as well as the wider community.  I am talking to colleagues in public health and thinking about how we can implement change to help improve awareness and positivity towards young people questioning and facing dramatic changes in their gender identity.”

Please get in touch to discuss dates and prices for these sessions.

Education

We offer education and classroom sessions for young people which are suitable for PSHE lessons, Respect/Anti Bullying Week programmes or via young people’s organisations.

  • HIV Awareness
  • STIs and Sexual Health
  • Gender and Sexual Diversity (LGBT+ Awareness)
  • Stopping HBT Bullying and supporting your LGBT+ friends

We also deliver age-appropriate assemblies for all year groups covering the below topics:

  • Stopping Homophobic, Biphobic and Transphobic Bullying
  • What is Trans?
  • LGBT+ Pride
  • HIV Awareness

These sessions are free of charge, but we encourage early bookings to guarantee our involvement as we have limited capacity for 2018/19.

Outreach

GSAs: A GSA is a gender and sexuality alliance group, which is a student lead group of individuals who aim to work towards an accepting environment for all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. The group isn’t just for people who identify as LGBT+ but anyone who believes in equality and LGBT+ rights.

We can support you to set up a GSA in school and offer ongoing support.

“It was clear to me that your commitment to this vulnerable group is already changing the local landscape and will affect the lives of young people who have been so damaged and neglected, so thank you for making this issue impossible to ignore.”

Our involvement is free of charge, but we encourage early booking as we have limited capacity for 2018/19.

We are pleased to be able to deliver the majority of our schools offer for free. However, as a small charity, donations towards the running costs of our work make a huge difference to us. If you would like to donate you can do so at http://sayit.org.uk/donate/ or by clicking on our ‘Donate’ button at the top of the page.

To make a booking or to discuss any ideas for a bespoke session for your school or organisation please email Hannah Greenslade at hannah.greenslade@sayit.org.uk or ring the office on 0114 241 2728.

Resources

We offer resources for schools and colleges through our shop which have been created by staff, young people and with input from local authorities and other organisations. These include our leaflet “Supporting Trans Young People” and our comprehensive pack “Trans Support Pack for Sheffield Schools”. Please go to our shop for more information and suggested donations.

Events

Our range of events cater to professionals working across a variety of sectors and cover topics such as “LGBT+ Young Leaders” and “Trans Young People”. Please go to our events page for more information on how you can get involved in our upcoming events, conferences and think tanks.

“Thank you for planning and delivering such a fantastic opportunity to reflect on the needs and experience of Trans young people at last Monday’s conference; it was great to see so many people there.  The line-up of speakers was diverse, informative and powerfully moving and the participation from young people was impressive.”

Referrals

We run several projects and groups that help young people with real day-to-day issues and give the opportunity to meet other LGBT+ young people in a safe environment. Young people refer themselves to the project or are referred by teachers, youth workers, family members, social workers, the police, GPs and other professionals. Please to make a referral and get all the relative details of the venue and the dates and times of our weekly meetings.

All young people attend Welcome Talks before joining the group and are offered 1:1 support if needed, before being introduced to the group. If you would like to refer a young person to one of our groups, please  contact us first.