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Learn more about SAYiT, what we do and where we're heading.

SAYiT (Sheena Amos Youth Trust) is a registered independent charity, CIO number 1177477, which has been running in Sheffield since 1999. We are a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, plus (LGBT+) young people and sexual health/HIV charity and our core function is to transform the lives of LGBT+ young people and young people affected by HIV, up to the age of 25 through supportive group work, youth action, education and influence.

SAYiT’s Vision

To create an inclusive safe environment where the sexual, emotional and mental wellbeing needs of LGBT+ young people are supported, empowering them to achieve their best life potential.

SAYiT’s Mission

To provide a youth-centered service delivering a broad range of services supporting the sexual, emotional and mental health and wellbeing, of LGBT+ young people and those who care for and support them.

Improving knowledge and awareness and reducing discrimination and inequality through the provision of specialist training and education.

SAYiT’s Strategic Objectives

1. Deliver a broad range of services based on the emotional, mental and sexual health needs of LGBT+ children and young people’s intersectional identities (e.g. Race and Ethnicity; Disability; Religion and Belief) and ensure that services, staff and trustees reflect the diversity of the communities we serve.

2. To meet the emotional wellbeing needs of more LGBT+ young people including those facing barriers to support, by developing and fostering innovative approaches (e.g. digital…) to increase our reach

3. Further develop our strong network to identify new funders and partners to cement our reputation.

4. Ensure a comprehensive high-quality training and education offer is in place, sharing our expertise with individuals and organisations to further enhance the lives of young LGBT+ people.

5. Ensure we have the short, medium and long term resources in place to deliver our work and meet the needs of LGBT+ young people and those that care for and support them

SAYiT offers:

  • Group work and 1:1s for young people aged 11 – 25
  • Support for parents and carers of young LGBT+ people
  • Education sessions delivered directly to all young people in schools and youth settings in Sheffield on: LGBT+ awareness and support; HIV; and Sexual Health
  • Assemblies delivered directly to all young people in schools and youth settings in Sheffield on: LGBT+ awareness and support; Anti-bullying; PRIDE; HIV; and Sexual Health
  • Support with developing and sustaining Gender and Sexualities (GSA) groups for all young people in Sheffield schools and other youth settings
  • LGBT+ Domestic Abuse work – consulting LGBT+ people and advising/training organisations
  • Training for workers and adult volunteers delivered at a central Sheffield venue
  • Bespoke training courses to meet your specific needs at a venue of your choice in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, and nationally

SAYiT is a trans inclusive space and welcomes people of all genders.

We have a zero tolerance approach to discrimination, victimisation or harassment on the basis of a person’s gender identity and/or presentation

History

SAYiT is a registered charity (no: 1177477) which has a long history of working with young people in Sheffield.

In 1999, we were set up as the Sheena Amos Youth Trust in recognition of a local NHS manager who worked tirelessly to provide sexual health care to those under 20.

Sheena died of breast cancer five years earlier, but her legacy lives on through SAYiT’s efforts to carry her vision forward.

Today, we provide support and social opportunities for young people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or affected by HIV.

SAYiT works with young people aged from 12 to 25, including those who are most vulnerable or marginalised. Our range of groups provide expert practical advice, emotional support and social opportunities for those who need them – no questions asked.

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