'Bout Ye is a programme that supports young men in exploring sexual health issues.
It encourages self-expression, open questioning and the sharing of experiences, and problems. It dispels myths many young men have heard about sex, sexuality and relationships.
Why it's needed
Accurate information about sexuality and sexual health is often not readily available to young men, so they're unable to make informed choices or discuss what’s important to them.
Let's face it, young people probably talk about sex more than any other subject, but talking about it to people who can give them the information they need could be the most important decision they ever make.
Who we help
The 'Bout Ye programme is for young men aged under 25 and runs across all of Northern Ireland.
How we work
Our experienced project workers deliver personalised group work sessions. We encourage open and frank discussion about the issues and concerns expressed by young men.
Workshops are tailored to meet the needs of the specific group, ranging from empowerment support groups to specific accredited training programmes.
Our work is based on participation and interactive group work. We cover whatever topics are raised by the young men taking part. These might included:
- Sexual health
- Sexual knowledge (biology, physiology, anatomy)
- Peer pressure
- Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
- Technology and relationships
- Pornography (for example, porn versus reality)
- Sexual orientation
- History of sex
We engage with young men and answer the questions they are concerned with as they are growing up, such as:
- Is my penis normal?
- How do you know if someone fancies you?
- Why do I get an erection sometimes when I’m not even aroused?
- Is it OK to masturbate?
- Can you run out of sperm?
- What makes a good snog?
Project aims and outcomes
'Bout Ye has been running since 1993 with the aim of addressing the lack of information available to young men around sexual health and sexuality issues. After completing the programme young men have a greater knowledge of the facts and greater confidence in themselves and their relationships.
How we're funded
Bout Ye is funded by the Public Health Agency.
Who to contact
Neil Decodts, Project Officer (Belfast)
Tel: 028 90 316107
Eilish Brown, Project Officer (Derry)
Tel: 028 71 260016