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
Foróige offers the REAL U Programme training in two formats:
Two-day Experiential Learning
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 face to face training. Organisations that have previously contributed to the training include Rape Crisis Network Ireland, GUIDE Clinic, and HIV Ireland.
Blended Learning Approach
This will comprise of online content that precedes a one day experiential learning. The online programme must be completed in advance of the one day training and it is a requirement that both the online, and one-day training are completed in order to receive certification. The online training will take approximately 3 hours to complete and can be done at your convenience e.g. 1 hour a day, all in one sitting etc.
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.
This programme is funded by the HSE Sexual Health and Crisis Pregnancy Programme and therefore is provided to participants free of charge.
Dates and Locations (Venues to be confirmed)
- August 27th & 28th – limited availability remaining
- October 8th & 9th
- October 31st (blended learning approach - online module to be completed prior to training)
- November 27th & 28th
- September 26th (blended learning approach - online module to be completed prior to training)
- October 23rd & 24th
- November 13th & 14th
- December 10th & 11th
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.
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 10-18 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.