Volunteers work in teams to deliver sessions in local secondary schools and youth groups, covering topics such as contraception, STIs, relationships, consent, body image, gender and sexuality, in order to help young people to make informed choices about their bodies and health. This semester, as we are unable to run workshops, we will instead be going back to the drawing board and reviewing our resource and activity bank, so our volunteering role will involve creating new resources and updating existing ones. Hopefully next semester we’ll be able to train new volunteers and teach some sessions!
What skills do I need?
Sexpression volunteers must be reliable, punctual and have good communication skills. Teaching experience and subject knowledge are not required as this is covered during training, but an interest in relationships and sex education would be useful, and an open mind and mature attitude regarding the subject matter is essential. Volunteers are supported throughout by Sheffield Volunteering, Sexpression Project Leaders, Sheffield Sexpression Committee and National Committee.
What will I gain?
Volunteers can gain confidence in public speaking and learn valuable communication skills, particularly when engaging young people in discussions around potentially sensitive topics. Students also benefit from being part of a large volunteering team in Sheffield and a national network of Sexpression volunteers, with opportunities to meet new people and learn more about relationships and sex education.
Training and support
No training is necessary for activity workshopping role this semester but support and guidance will be provided by the Sexpression Committee. Next semester, we may run training sessions which will include teaching and facilitation skills as well as session content. New volunteers will always be paired with an experienced lead volunteer and a teacher is always present in sessions.
It's up to you to volunteer as much or as little as you want! All teaching sessions are during school hours (8:30-3:30), but working on activities can be done remotely to suit your schedule.
DBS (criminal records) check
Online(semester 1), secondary schools across Sheffield and surrounding area(semester 2, hopefully)
Maximum one hour travel; some venues are walkable, some will be reached by public transport and some by taxi, all of which is reimbursed by the SU or the school.