Foróige’s Relationships and Sexuality Programme Training: 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 UREAL 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

The two-day Relationships Explored and Life Uncovered (REAL U) Facilitator 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 2 days of training to become a trained facilitator of the programme.

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.


  • Limerick – September 27th & 28th, Castletroy Park Hotel
  • Sligo – November 9th & 10th, Radisson Blu Hotel

Training takes place from 9:30am – 5pm both days. Lunch and refreshments are provided.

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 courses, 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

For programme information and enquiries, please contact;
Michael Kiernan, Training Officer (RSE)
Tel: (086) 418-5631 or (01) 630-1735

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General Info

Date Entered/Updated
30th Aug, 2022
Limerick & Sligo
Expiry Date
30th Oct, 2022