Educate, prevent, employ.
Special Projects and Events
Straight Talking partnered with Oakhill Youth Offending Unit for boys in 2015/16. Working with the Oakhill team a course on teenage parenthood was developed that could be delivered within the Secure Training Centre. The pilot project was rated as a huge success and Straight Talking will continue the work in 2016/17, further developing a bespoke course on healthy relationships and child sexual exploitation.
Oakhill Youth Offenders Institute
NHS Team Up
In 2016 Straight Talking took part in NHS Team Up. The Team Up programme involved brokering partnerships between multidisciplinary teams of health professionals in training and voluntary organisations to deliver sustainable health and wellbeing projects for disadvantaged communities across London. Straight Talking conducted research with St Georges Hospital to identify any barriers to engagement with NHS services that are felt by teenage mother and young fathers. A series of interviews and group discussions allowed young parents to share their personal experiences with NHS professionals and explore avenues for improvement.
The National Gallery Art Project
Straight Talking’s young parents were involved in a project with the National Gallery where they were asked to explore themes of the Titian painting ‘Dianna and Callisto’.
The story behind the painting is a narrative that has particular resonance for our young parents and the gallery wanted them to share their feelings with a group of secondary students as part of a schools project.
Our young parents stunned the facilitators with their confidence and insight. The gallery organisers revealed that our group had found symbols in the painting that their experts had so far not seen.
Workshops to address abusive relationships
Once a year Straight Talking works with a partner organization, commissioning a 2-day workshop which focuses on important information on domestic violence, which is strongly linked to teenage parenthood. In 2017 we partnered with Solace in Southwark which was well received by everyone who participated.