Supported Loving toolkit
There are many organisations offering training covering all areas of relationships and sexual health for people with learning disabilities.
The Josephine and Jack Project
The Josephine and Jack Project is a small charity based in Newcastle Upon Tyne but serving the whole of the UK. Josephine and Jack are two life-size, anatomically correct cloth figures used in workshops and 1:1 work with adults and young people with learning disabilities, looking at health, wellbeing, sexual health, sexuality, relationships and safety in a fun and enjoyable way.
Josephine and Jack Project website
Email: Simon James
Tizard Centre, University of Kent
Dr Michelle McCarthy has an interest in all matters relating to the sexuality of people with learning disabilities, with a particular interest in working with women with learning disabilities on issues of relationships, sexuality and reproductive health. The content of her teaching reflects her research interests. Most of Michelle's teaching currently is on two Psychology UG courses - Understanding People with LD and Researching People with LD, but also with contributions to most of the other courses running at the Tizard Centre.
Tizard Centre website
Email: Dr Michelle McCarthy
Y Training and Consultancy
Training provided to staff and self advocates, preferrably together, but also in discrete groups.
Email: Sue Sharples
Queen Alexander College/Sensre
Accessible and inclusive sex and relationships education for people with learning, physical and sensory disabilities and autism spectrum conditions.
Courses run by experienced trainers, with extensive knowledge of sexual health and relationships.
Email: Claire Lightley
ARC (Association for Real Change)
Peer training on domestic abuse, sexual exploitation, mate crime. Professionals training on sexuality, sexual health & learning disability, domestic abuse, sexual exploitation, mate crime: entry level and advanced.
Happily hosts free small workshops about sex and relationships.
Connect in the North
Provides training tailored to organisations helping them on their journey to becoming person-centred. They also run free courses for families in Leeds.
Provides bespoke relationships and sex education for people with learning disabilities. Programmes are tailored based on the individuals' interests and/or needs. Sessions can be delivered as a group course or on a one to one basis. Mencap also provides Train the Trainer courses and Sexuality Awareness days for professionals, parents and carers, and offers informal information sessions for parents and carers.
Offers an 8-week Dating and Relationships course for people with learning disabilities. Courses run at least twice a year, for groups of up to 12 people.
Paradigm offer a range of person centred training options both bespoke and off the shelf.
Provides adults and children with learning disabilities education on sexual health, emotions, relationships and self care. Their courses are not just about sexual activity but include boundaries with staff, peers, family and strangers. Other topics include managing menstruation, self-care for males and females and appropriate masturbation. Understanding and managing emotions and recognising different types of relationships are key themes during the sessions.
Kate has written eleven published books, most of which focus on relationships and sexuality education. Kate offers training on Masturbation: supporting clients with knowledge and confidence, Menopause: what it is, how women with learning disabilities might experience it and how to support these clients, Sexuality and relationships: why staff find difficulty supporting learning disabled clients and how to overcome barriers and challenging sexual behaviours: how to support clients with confidence.
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