Foróige’s Relationships and Sexuality Programme Training: Relationships Explored and Life Uncovered (REAL U)

Relationships Explored and Life Uncovered (REAL U)

REAL U (Relationships Explored and Life Uncovered) is a personal development and sex education programme aimed at equipping young people with the skills, knowledge and confidence to develop healthy relationships and delay the onset of early sexual activity.

REAL U was developed by Foróige in response to an identified need to enhance service delivery to young people in the area of sexual health.
This programme is designed to be facilitated by a trained facilitator with groups of no more than 10 young people aged 12 -18 years old. The programme has been successfully delivered in out of school settings including youth projects and youth clubs, residential services and in the disability sector. Please see attached information leaflet for more information and the programme content.

Relationships and Sexuality Programme Training for facilitators

During the current Covid-19 pandemic and whilst public health restrictions remain in place, Foróige will offer its training in an online format for the Spring/Summer term of 2021.

Blended Learning Approach (Online)

The two-day Relationships Explored and Life Uncovered (REAL U) Training is lively and interactive, using experiential learning techniques to equip participants with the skills needed to facilitate this relationships and sexuality programme with young people aged 12 – 18 years in a group work setting. Where possible, inputs from expert organisations are invited to present during the two day training. Organisations that have previously contributed to the training include Rape Crisis Network Ireland, GUIDE Clinic, and HIV Ireland. Participants will be required to complete a 2 hour online course that precedes a one day training and a half day workshop.

Training Outcomes:

Following the training, participants will be able to:

  • Utilise interactive approaches to exploring relationships and sexuality with young people.
  • Describe the theoretical basis upon which the REAL U programme has been developed.
  • Demonstrate ability in using the facilitator’s manual to deliver the REAL U programme with young people.

Training Cost:

This programme is funded by the HSE Sexual Health and Crisis Pregnancy Programme and therefore is provided to participants free of charge.


Blended Learning Online
Please note: attendance is required at both training dates listed. Mixing of dates is not permitted due to the demand for this training.

  • February 18th & 19th
  • February 25th & 26th
  • March 23rd & 24th
  • April 27th & 28th
  • May 5th & 6th
  • May 26th & 27th

Day 1 for each training will take place from 10am – 4pm, Day 2 for each training will take place from 10am – 2pm.

Please Note:

This programme is designed for those who work directly with young people. Participants are expected to have reasonable prior experience in facilitating programmes in the area of community and youth work and will be expected to demonstrate how they will use the programme in their work during the two day training. Early application is advised as places are limited. Your registration will be reviewed and based on merit places will be offered. Upon acceptance of a place you will be notified directly by email. Full attendance is necessary to become a trained facilitator of this programme. Registrations will close 2 weeks prior to training or once fully booked.

To apply for a place on any of these training dates, please complete the online application form at the following link: Training Registration

Contact Details:

For training enquiries, please contact Laura Shudell, Training Coordinator Tel: (01) 630-1736

About Foróige:

Foróige is the leading youth development organisation in Ireland and we have been working with young people since 1952! We empower young people to develop their own abilities and attributes, to think for themselves, to make things happen and to contribute to their community and society. As a result, they develop increased self-confidence, self-reliance, resilience and a greater capacity to take charge of their lives. It is what happy, thriving societies need. Our purpose is to enable young people to involve themselves consciously and actively in their development and in the development of society.

We work with almost 60,000 young people aged 10-24 years each year through volunteer-led clubs and staff-led youth projects. Foróige currently operates in 26 counties in Ireland, with over 600 Foróige Clubs, 150 youth projects, the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring programme, the Foróige NFTE Youth Entrepreneurship programme, our Youth Citizenship and Youth Leadership programmes!

Targeted services such as Garda Youth Diversion Projects, Teen Parent Support Programmes and Neighbourhood Youth Projects, help young people to deal with issues associated with poverty, marginalisation and social exclusion, underachievement at school, early school leaving, youth crime, substance abuse and family difficulties in a safe friendly environment.

General Info

Date Entered/Updated
12th Jan, 2021
Expiry Date
12th Mar, 2021