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Education and outreach



Alongside our clinical services, Brook is commissioned to provide sexual health promotion, community outreach, education and training in Southend-on-Sea.

Working closely with our clinical colleagues, our aim is to ensure that key beneficiary groups are benefiting from good sexual and reproductive health services by raising awareness, signposting and improving the knowledge, skills and attitudes of both professionals and service users.


Become a Community Champion

We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who live or work in Southend-on-Sea to become Community Champions.

If you have an interest in volunteering and becoming a sexual health influencer for your community then join us and help Brook to communicate and cascade positive sexual and reproductive health messages to individuals in Southend.

Community Champions will:

  • Receive high quality training to improve sexual health knowledge as well as presentation and communication skills
  • Receive on-going support and mentoring from specialist Brook staff
  • Gain experience in delivering sexual and reproductive health promotion
  • Meet people with similar interests and passions
  • Make a positive impact in their community

If you are interested in becoming a community champion please contact Joanne Quinn on joanne.quinn@brook.org.uk.

Education and training

Training for professionals

Brook delivers a blended model of free full and half-day training sessions to professionals who work in Southend-on-Sea. We aim to improve knowledge, skills and attitudes on key topics and concerns associated with sexual health such as HIV, sex working and Mandatory RSE, among others.

To register your interest, learn more about the topics we cover or for more general information about our training programme, please contact Joanne Quinn on joanne.quinn@brook.org.uk.

Relationship and Sex Education (RSE)

Our Health Promotion Specialists can deliver a limited amount of RSE assemblies in schools located in areas where there are relatively higher levels of teenage pregnancies and STI prevalence. Our school assemblies promote STI testing and contraception as well as general good sexual health.

In addition, we will promote and utilise our Brook RSE@HOME brand to target parents and foster carers in Southend, to support the delivery of Relationship and Sex Education in the home.

If you think your school will strongly benefit from this service please contact Sarah Nutt on sarah.nutt@brook.org.uk.

You can find out more about Brook's broader education and training offer, including details of how to access free e-learning on a variety of RSE topics, on the Brook website.


Outreach and community engagement

Community Champions

We believe in and appreciate the social value that volunteer work can bring to a community. In Southend, Brook Education recruits and upskills local community champions to produce and promote targeted messaging and engaging social content on various social networking sites as well as through their in-person community networks. Embedded within local grassroot organisations and community groups, we work closely with community champions to promote sexual health in popular community sites and at special events.

Targeted Face-to-Face outreach

We are keen to support members of the local community in a variety of ways, which includes the delivery of targeted and regular drop in sessions at various community hubs and night economy venues within Southend.

Brook have good knowledge of the local communities and community sites within Southend and we conduct outreach that speaks to local needs. By visiting targeted sites and supplying condoms, we promote safer sex, self-care and wellbeing.

For more information on our drop schedules or if you are interested in becoming a drop in site please contact Joanne Quinn on joanne.quinn@brook.org.uk.

Condom Distribution Scheme (CDS)

Brook provides an all-age Condom Distribution Scheme across Southend in a variety of outlets, also known as the C-Card scheme. This is a free service where residents can access condoms, internal condoms (femidoms) and lube, as well as further information for accessing local sexual health services. Our Health Promotion Specialists will support outlets with training and guidance and will assist residents to sign up to the service as part of our outreach work.

If you are interested in becoming a registration and/or distribution site or for more information, please contact southendccard@brook.org.uk.


Contact us

For more information about our outreach and education offer in Southend-on-Sea, please contact Joanne Quinn (Senior Education and Wellbeing Coordinator) on joanne.quinn@brook.org.uk or Sarah Nutt (Health Promotion Coordinator) on sarah.nutt@brook.org.uk.