The SAFE (‘Sexual Awareness for Everyone’) project will help improve the personal safety and good sexual health of young women (aged 16 to 35) with learning difficulties through peer led workshops, one to one peer support and through the production and distribution of a SAFE card. Female volunteers with learning needs or disabilities will receive training on safer relationships, personal and online safety and sexual awareness, and help design and develop engaging and accessible sessions for the workshops.
They will then help to facilitate the workshops to groups of other young people with learning disabilities, passing on lessons they have learnt, giving advice, support and mentoring their peers in schools, colleges and youth centres across Gwent. People are much more likely to engage with their peers as there is a mutual understanding, they know how it feels have similar experiences.
The personal safety aspect is a key area of concern for the majority of our young people, not feeling safe in the community, an inability to identify risks and not knowing what to do get help are further barriers for the most vulnerable in our communities that can increase feelings of inequality and exclusion. This project is funded via the Tampon Tax Fund from Welsh Government