Need More Information?

We are committed to partnership with those who have a positive influence on the lives of young people. Whether you’re a parent of a young person attending our programme, a teacher requiring more information about how we do what we do, or a youth worker who needs support in delivering community-based Relationships & Sexuality Education (RSE), find out more here.

I'm a Parent/Carer

Parents or carers have the most significant influence in shaping children and young people’s attitudes, values, and beliefs, as well as habits and practices around healthy relationships.

This is evidenced in our evaluations when we ask pupils to indicate who or what are the major influences on their choices.

We want to encourage parents in their impact and influence. We are committed to resourcing families to use the positive influence they have to support their young people as they develop relationships with others.

We advocate for a partnership approach to RSE. We know that both parents/carers and family, alongside school, have a direct and formative influence on a child’s development. Children and young people are also inevitably affected by the messages, including the social and cultural values, within the wider society.

We also offer excellent programmes to engage adults in the ongoing RSE conversation – just have a look at our programme page.


Your young person, in our programmes

RSE should be delivered in a culturally sensitive manner. This involves taking account of the cultural and religious background of all pupils. In fostering mutual understanding, we appreciate that young people will need to be able to relate to all sorts of people in all sorts of situations throughout their lives.

Effective, high-quality RSE teaching and learning provides young people with the opportunity to examine their own values and beliefs in light of those held by others. In doing so, this can contribute to a more tolerant and inclusive society by fostering respect and understanding of difference, and empathy for the views, emotions and feelings of others.

We work hard to create an environment of welcome, safety, inclusion and respect. The knowledge, skills and values presented are important for all young people, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender, and equips them to make healthy choices and build strong relationships.

We know that adolescence is a time of significant and often rapid change – including physical, cognitive and social development. We are sensitive to the sexual feelings and identity dilemmas young people are experiencing, particularly about sexual orientation and gender. In acknowledging these, we want all young people to carefully consider what they deserve in a relationship, recognising the qualities that constitute a healthy relationship.


Evaluation Reports

School

In agreement and partnership with the school, pupils will be invited to fill out an anonymous evaluation form at the end of our post-primary presentations if they’re comfortable and happy to do so. Information collated through these gives a helpful insight into the attitudes and behaviours of the young people and also allows us to measure the effectiveness of the programmes.

A report of the anonymous evaluations is sent to the school to allow them to review the needs and responses of their pupils to aid their delivery of effective RSE.

We do this in line with our Child Protection Policy.

Community Programmes

In agreement and partnership with the organisation, young people will be invited to fill out an evaluation form at the beginning and end of our ‘Open Up’ programmes (week one and three) if they’re comfortable and happy to do so. Information collated through these gives a helpful insight into the attitudes and behaviours of the young people and also allows us to measure the effectiveness of the programmes.

A report of the anonymous evaluations is sent to the youth worker who made the booking to allow them to review the needs and responses of their young people to aid their delivery of effective RSE.

We do this in line with our Child Protection Policy.


Find Out More

About us – What we do and the vision that inspires it.

Our Approach The broad principles and commitments that guide Love for Life’s development and delivery of high-quality, age-appropriate and culturally sensitive RSE.

GovernanceThe structures and procedures that govern Love for Life.

I'm a Teacher

Love for Life delivers Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) programmes and provides lesson plans in over 75% of Post-Primary schools and over 40% of Primary Schools across Northern Ireland. We are committed to working in partnership with teachers to ensure that excellent Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) is delivered. Together we can inspire, equip and resource the next generation to know their worth, flourish in their relationships and value their sexual choices.

All our programmes are age-appropriate, offering accurate information in an engaging manner, helping them to learn, reflect and develop in their knowledge, skills and attitudes in this important area. 

We have a reputation for delivering excellent Relationship & Sexuality Education (RSE) that inspires confidence in teachers and pupils. We fully support and embrace the Revised Curriculum, which aims to empower young people to achieve their potential and to make informed and responsible decisions throughout their lives. 

As we seek to enrich young people as individuals, we encourage the development of thinking skills and personal capabilities such as working with others, self-management and thinking, problem solving and decision making.

RSE is more than a one-off programme or presentation and we want to support and equip teachers in their delivery of RSE. Each of our primary and post-primary presentations is accompanied by a set of lessons plans and resources which can be used in preparation or as a follow-up to our visit.


The Context of our Delivery

Young people need the opportunity to critically reflect on how cultural narratives influence them, as well as to give consideration to a framework of beliefs and values that will equip them to make wise and responsible choices around relationships and sex.

In primary school, RSE-related issues are situated within Personal Development and Mutual Understanding (PDMU). In fulfilling the statutory requirements at Key Stage 1, 2 and 3, our programmes cover the minimum requirements within the Themes of Self-Awareness; Feelings and Emotions; Learning to Learn; Health; Growth and Change; Safety; Relationships; Rules, Rights and Responsibilities; Managing Conflict; Similarities and Differences; Learning to Live as Members of the Community.

In post-primary school, in fulfilling the statutory requirements at Key Stage 3 and 4 for the Personal Development Strand of Learning for Life and Work, our programmes cover the Key Concepts of Self-Awareness, Personal Health and Relationships.

All of our programmes are delivered in line with the requirements of RSE within the Northern Ireland Curriculum.

Love for Life affirms that strong relationships are the basis of a thriving society. Formed in 2002, Love for Life is a Christian charity and has a long-standing reputation for engaging effectively in the specific area of Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE).

We deliver holistic Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) in all school types and in many different community settings across Northern Ireland. Our programmes for young people, parents & carers aim to inspire, equip and resource the next generation to know their worth, flourish in their relationships and value their sexual choices.

RSE is more than just educating around biological processes or sexual reproduction, but is concerned with the acquisition of knowledge, understanding and skills, and the development of attitudes, values and beliefs. Young people are inevitably affected by the messages that they receive from the surrounding culture. Therefore, in considering the importance of forming and maintaining healthy relationships, effective RSE should give pupils the opportunity to critically reflect on how cultural narratives influence them as they develop their own attitudes, values and beliefs.

In the delivery of our presentations, our experienced and professional staff create a safe and secure environment in which young people can have engaging and respectful conversations about strong, healthy relationships. Our age-appropriate resources employ a wide range of teaching methodologies to meet the needs of various learning styles.

Through our presentations and supporting resources, we are committed to providing not only the knowledge that we believe children and young people need to inform their relational and sexual choices, but the skills to enact them and the values that give them meaning. This includes strategies for keeping safe and managing relationships, including establishing healthy boundaries and treating others with dignity and respect.


Special Education Needs Provision

Love for Life has a range of programmes that are specifically designed for children and young people with intellectual disability, whether in a MLD or SLD setting, or in a specialised unit within mainstream education.

All young people share the same hopes, dreams, worries and uncertainties as they prepare for puberty, adolescence and beyond. The transitions between life’s stages are difficult to navigate for any young person, but for someone who also has to deal with a learning difficulty, the journey can be particularly unsettling. Our SEN programmes offer support to young people along this journey and forms part of our vision that every child or young person should be able to access excellent Relationship and Sexuality Education (RSE).

A booking with us includes as standard a consultation with a Love for Life staff member to talk through material and discuss what would be most suitable in your setting.


Your young person, in our programmes

RSE should be delivered in a culturally sensitive manner. This involves taking account of the cultural and religious background of all pupils. In fostering mutual understanding, we appreciate that young people will need to be able to relate to all sorts of people in all sorts of situations throughout their lives.

Effective, high-quality RSE teaching and learning provides young people with the opportunity to examine their own values and beliefs in light of those held by others. In doing so, this can contribute to a more tolerant and inclusive society by fostering respect and understanding of difference, and empathy for the views, emotions and feelings of others.

We work hard to create an environment of welcome, safety, inclusion and respect.  The knowledge, skills and values presented are important for all young people, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender, and equips them to make healthy choices and build strong relationships.

We know that adolescence is a time of significant and often rapid change – including physical, cognitive and social development. We are sensitive to the sexual feelings and identity dilemmas young people are experiencing, particularly about sexual orientation and gender. In acknowledging these, we want all young people to carefully consider what they deserve in a relationship, recognising the qualities that constitute a healthy relationship.


Evaluation Reports

In agreement and partnership with the school, pupils will be invited to fill out an anonymous evaluation form at the end of our post-primary presentations if they’re comfortable and happy to do so. Information collated through these gives a helpful insight into the attitudes and behaviours of the young people and also allows us to measure the effectiveness of the programmes.

A report of the anonymous evaluations is sent to the school to allow them to review the needs and responses of their pupils to aid their delivery of effective RSE.

We do this in line with our Child Protection Policy.


Find Out More

About us – What we do and the vision that inspires it.

Our Approach The broad principles and commitments that guide Love for Life’s development and delivery of high-quality, age-appropriate and culturally sensitive RSE.

GovernanceThe structures and procedures that govern Love for Life.

 

I'm a Youth Worker

As a youth leader, either voluntary or professional, you have a unique role to help young people value strong, healthy relationships and offer them the opportunity to critically reflect and evaluate how their attitudes, values and beliefs will shape the choices they make.

We believe that by working in partnership with stakeholders in strategic roles, voluntary organisations and community groups, we can ensure our young people are well equipped to make wise, well-informed, responsible choices around relationships and sex.

We are committed to partnering with you as you address questions young people have around, identity, image, puberty, relationships and sex. We are encouraging everyone to Open Up and have honest conversations about authentic relationships.


The Context of our Delivery

Love for Life affirms that strong relationships are the basis of a thriving society. Formed in 2002, Love for Life is a Christian charity and has a long-standing reputation for engaging effectively in the specific area of Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE).

We deliver holistic Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) in all school types and in many different community settings across Northern Ireland. Our programmes for young people, parents & carers aim to inspire, equip and resource the next generation to know their worth, flourish in their relationships and value their sexual choices.

RSE is more than just educating around biological processes or sexual reproduction, but is concerned with the acquisition of knowledge, understanding and skills, and the development of attitudes, values and beliefs. Young people are inevitably affected by the messages that they receive from the surrounding culture. Therefore, in considering the importance of forming and maintaining healthy relationships, effective RSE should give pupils the opportunity to critically reflect on how cultural narratives influence them as they develop their own attitudes, values and beliefs.

In the delivery of our presentations, our experienced and professional staff create a safe and secure environment in which young people can have engaging and respectful conversations about strong, healthy relationships. Our age-appropriate resources employ a wide range of teaching methodologies to meet the needs of various learning styles.

Through our presentations and supporting resources, we are committed to providing not only the knowledge that we believe children and young people need to inform their relational and sexual choices, but the skills to enact them and the values that give them meaning. This includes strategies for keeping safe and managing relationships, including establishing healthy boundaries and treating others with dignity and respect.


Your young person, in our programmes

RSE should be delivered in a culturally sensitive manner. This involves taking account of the cultural and religious background of all pupils. In fostering mutual understanding, we appreciate that young people will need to be able to relate to all sorts of people in all sorts of situations throughout their lives.

Effective, high-quality RSE teaching and learning provides young people with the opportunity to examine their own values and beliefs in light of those held by others. In doing so, this can contribute to a more tolerant and inclusive society by fostering respect and understanding of difference, and empathy for the views, emotions and feelings of others.

We work hard to create an environment of welcome, safety, inclusion and respect.  The knowledge, skills and values presented are important for all young people, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender, and equips them to make healthy choices and build strong relationships.

We know that adolescence is a time of significant and often rapid change – including physical, cognitive and social development. We are sensitive to the sexual feelings and identity dilemmas young people are experiencing, particularly about sexual orientation and gender. In acknowledging these, we want all young people to carefully consider what they deserve in a relationship, recognising the qualities that constitute a healthy relationship.


Evaluation Reports

In agreement and partnership with the organisation, young people will be invited to fill out an evaluation form at the beginning and end of our ‘Open Up’ programmes (week one and three) if they’re comfortable and happy to do so. Information collated through these gives a helpful insight into the attitudes and behaviours of the young people and also allows us to measure the effectiveness of the programmes.

A report of the anonymous evaluations is sent to the youth worker who made the booking to allow them to review the needs and responses of their young people to aid their delivery of effective RSE.

We do this in line with our Child Protection Policy.


Find Out More

About us – What we do and the vision that inspires it.

Our Approach The broad principles and commitments that guide Love for Life’s development and delivery of high-quality, age-appropriate and culturally sensitive RSE.

GovernanceThe structures and procedures that govern Love for Life.

 

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  • 100%

    of primary teachers recommend the programme

    Primary Teachers

    All our programmes are age-appropriate, offering accurate information in an engaging manner

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  • 85%

    will find it easier to make healthy choices...

    Post-Primary Pupils

    ...in the future even if friends or peers are making different choices

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  • 98%

    of young people learnt something new and useful

    Young People

    in our Community-based programmes

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  • 81%

    thought the programme was helpful

    Post-Primary Pupils

    All our programmes are age-appropriate, offering accurate information in an engaging manner

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  • 96%

    agree that pupils interact and learn more effectively...

    Post-Primary Teachers

    ...as a result of the Love for Life programme input

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Delivering holistic Relationship & Sexuality Education to young people across Northern Ireland.

  • Very inclusive workshop, very enjoyable with plenty of information.

    — Post-Primary Pupil

  • The presenters were fantastic and had a great ability to make the talks that little bit less awkward.

    — Young Person

  • They always make the workshops interesting and engaging for our students.

    — Post-Primary Teacher

  • The pupils got so much out of this programme and will leave feeling assured that many of the changes that lie ahead for them in the coming years will be ok.

    — Primary Teacher

  • Students find the interaction positive and enjoyable and they receive valuable information about RSE.

    — Post-Primary Teacher

  • It was informative and I liked how they did not shy away from difficult topics.

    — Post-Primary Pupil