New services help young people stay safe when it comes to sexual health

Sexual Health Services

We’ve joined forces with Streetwise to launch a significant new package of sexual health services across Newcastle championing the health and wellbeing of young people.

Thanks to funding from Newcastle City Council, we will deliver a wide range of services supporting young people with their sexual health, with a focus on healthcare, wellbeing and healthy relationships.

Aiming to reach over 4,000 young people each year for the next three years, traditional services focused on physical health, such as access to contraception and STI checks, will be combined with free confidential advice and support on challenges such as Period Poverty, respect and consent, and staying safe.

The funding is also enabling the us to work with communities on the things that matter most to them, such as hosting sessions for LGBTQ+ young people or those living with a disability. An ‘On the Go’ mobile service will also be on hand throughout the years for booking by any organisation working with young people who could benefit.

Together, the partnership has have over 30 years’ experience delivering sexual health services across the region and work with tens of thousands of young people each year through their wider services, which include youth groups, counselling and domestic abuse support.

Leigh Elliott, Chief Executive, at Children North East, comments, “This funding will make a difference to thousands of young people. Access to free, non-judgemental sexual health services is important for empowering them to stay safe and make informed decisions about their physical and mental health when it comes to relationships. We are very excited to partner with Streetwise who have been doing great work in this space for many years.”

Mandy Coppin, CEO at Streetwise comments, “Following on from two years of lockdown we are extremely excited to be relaunching our sexual health service delivery across the city, providing accessible and welcoming relationship and sexual health support, advice and information 5 days per week, working in partnership with Children North East and NHS New Croft Centre