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The Eddystone Trust is pleased to present a new training programme for 2015 – 2016 for those working with people across the South West

 Click to download the latest Training brochure 2015-16

The new model which was redeveloped in 2014/15 has been a great success; it was well evaluated and well attended.

“I’m more aware of local services, statistics and overall a better understanding of teenage pregnancy”

Plymouth participant Teenage Pregnancy: Everybody’s Business January 2015

All courses across Plymouth, Devon and Torbay are now streamlined and the content is the same with a few minor geographical variations across the area. We are also really proud to be bringing our training to Gloucestershire; where after a really positively evaluated first round of training, more is being rolled out in Autumn 2015.


The training is aimed at professionals working with people across education, health, social care and youth sectors; if you are not sure if we mean you, just drop us a line.

“It was very interesting, its a very emotive subject but it was fun and never uncomfortable” 

Exeter participant; RU ready? Delay approaches June 2015

So, its a two step process; first pick a half-day module.. see one of the eight below.

8 modules

If you want an Award in Sexual Health Promotion from ITOL, then complete all eight. After doing one, you can go ahead on to a one day specialist course – chose from ‘She Said’ or ‘He Said’, our revised one day gender courses, ‘Working with people with learning disabilities’, ‘HIV and the over 50s’, ‘skills on sexual health’ or many more.

specialist courses

Q/ How will your practice change, if at all as a result of this training?

“I will be more aware of the pre-conditioning from the media and internet when engaging with young people”

 The Internet and Media: Impact and Influences on Sexual Health and Behaviour  –  Exeter participant, June 2015

How do I book on? 

See the ‘Eventbrite’ calendar just to the left of this article? Well, click on there and fill in the details. It is a basic system, and when the course is full, it will let you know. Courses are being run in Paignton, Exeter, Barnstaple, Ivybridge, Gloucester and Plymouth so there should be something near to you.

All courses are ‘free’ (unless you fail to turn up, there there is a charge) so make the best of this excellent offer, tell your colleagues and come along! If you don’t see what you want, contact us with your enquiry and we will do what we can.

In future, if you want to be one of the first to find out about training, sign up to our mailing list below for early bird information and deal with our events.

Specialist course ‘She said’

Girls Written In Multicolored Plastic Kids Letters

Sexual Health and people with learning disabilities

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How will your practice change? “Becoming more aware of the expansive knowledge and laws concerning sexual health will help to ensure mindful support of the young people I come into contact with”

Paignton participant Sexual Health and Learning Disabilities January 2015

Let’s talk about sex

Lets talk about sex

“Many thanks for running these courses they are extremely useful for our school” Paignton participant ‘Let’s talk about sex’ January 2015

Training standards and feedback: 

All of our training courses meet the Recommended Quality Standards for Sexual Health Training.

“All training, whether for clinical staff, other professionals or volunteers, provides a consistently high-quality experience.  This experience should enable and equip those participating to deliver sensitive and appropriate sexual health advice, education, information, services and support”

(Striving for Excellence in Sexual Health Training) Department of Health 2005

We follow the National Framework for Sexual Health Improvement in England 2013 and the UK national guidelines on Safer Sex 2012 written by BASHH (British Association for Sexual Health and HIV)

Sessions include opportunities for both personal and professional development alongside space to address  relevant issues, sharing of good practice and the development of practical skills and strategies for effective sexual health work.

“I will be able to talk more confidently on these matter – very interesting with plenty of food for thought” School Nurse, Devon June 2013

As a training provider we believe that:

  • individuality and diversity should be celebrated
  • people learn more if they feel safe and supported
  • sexual health promotion training should encourage personal as well as professional development and
  • trainers and participants should act and speak with respect towards others.

We are committed to continual improvement and actively use the information gathered from participant evaluations in the development of our training courses.  This way we are able to utilise practical experiences gained ‘in the real world’ alongside learning and knowledge gleaned from research and policy development.

We understand that each agency has different needs and can deliver the courses in this programme directly to your workforce or develop a bespoke package for you that meets the specific needs of your workers and area of service delivery.

We also believe that our training should have a real impact on the sexual health and well being of people in the South West.  We work with individuals and agencies to assist in policy development, service design and quality assurance measures related to HIV and sexual health, helping people to make the most of the learning gained from our training.

“I will review the literature and websites (we use) and definitely apply this knowledge to practice” School Nurse; Devon June 2013

The courses are open to anyone who feels their practice would benefit from our training.  They have been designed to meet the needs of a wide range of participants across the health, social care and education workforce.  Our training style is participatory, aiming to build on the knowledge and experience of group members within a safe and supportive learning environment.

“Great course!” “Good information” “excellent course – will recommend to all carers” “The best course I’ve had as a foster carer – very inspiring and thought provoking” Devon Foster Carers June 2013


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