St Basils holds Preventing Teenage Pregnancy event
04 AUG 2014

St Basils has been fortunate to be sponsored by the Birmingham Public Health to provide preventative services to young people on the subject of Sexual Health. This allowed us to organise a Preventing Teenage Pregnancy day on the 16th of July. To inform, educate and promote positive choices around sexual health and teenage pregnancy for young people. Making positive choices can sometimes be complex for young people and empowering young people with the access to education is a step in the right direction to initiate change and create conversation around sexual health and teenage pregnancy.

The sexual Health day was held at Edgbaston Cricket ground in Birmingham it was a great central location for young people, in beautiful grounds. Over 80 young people from across Birmingham, Kidderminster and Worcester attended the event, supported by both support staff and managers. Whilst the Main aim of the day was preventing teenage pregnancy. The day also enabled young people from across the agency to get together and share common experiences, reunite with old friends and also make new friends.

Young people went around stalls provided by partnership organisations such as Birmingham Women’s Aid and the British Red Cross and answered questions in relation to teenage pregnancy and health. They were given raffle tickets which were entered into a prize draw at the end of the day.

After a savoury buffet enjoyed by young people, partnership organisations and staff. Loud mouth Theatre group provided a piece of drama about domestic violence in relationships and the way it may be possible for young people to manipulated and groomed in relationships. The drama was thought provoking and created an open discussion between support providers, St Basil’s staff and young people.   For some young people the drama was hard hitting and it enabled them to talk openly about boundaries in relationships and potential abuse in relationships.

A sense of excitement built towards the end of the day as the young people heard the raffle draw.  The prizes were 3 Samsung Galaxy Tablets, and 30 vouchers, a prize was also given for the project with the largest number of young people in attendance.

St Basils would like to thank all the partnership organisations who attended on the day and made the day a huge success for the young people involved.

-          Written by Chantel Edwards Manager Conybere Gardens