National Course to Boost Your Love-Life

With Valentine’s Day over and half prices roses filling shop windows, those of us without a boyfriend can start to wonder when we’ll find that special someone. GMFA’s Getting a Boyfriend course is here to help. This one day course will help you approach relationships with a new understanding of yourself and what you want from your love-life. It is designed to give gay men a greater insight into the processes involved in looking for a partner and establishing a relationship.

“Some guys think they’re unlucky in love, but getting a boyfriend isn’t just down to luck,” said Matthew Hodson, Head of Programmes for GMFA. “The course gives men knowledge and skills that will help them decide what they want from a relationship, and how to go about getting it.”

The course covers the time from preparing for and meeting a potential partner up until about three months into the relationship. It is designed to help you understand whether you are ready for a relationship; what you bring to, and want from a relationship as well as the qualities that attract you to a man. Practical exercises will help you to have a better understanding of yourself, and of what you look for in a relationship and in a potential partner.

The course also covers the sexual decisions that are made in relationships, how your safer sex strategy may change, and how to minimise your risks of HIV and STI infection.
“There’s little that can match the thrill of a new love, but those first few months are often when men take sexual risks that they wouldn’t normally take,” said Hodson. “The Getting a Boyfriend course is designed to help men find love – and to stay focussed and in control when the emotions are running riot.”

The courses will be run by both GMFA and trainers from local gay charities and healthcare services including: The Sheffield Centre for HIV & Sexual Health, Southampton Gay Community Health Service, Yorkshire MESMAC, MESMAC North East, THT, TEN, Trade, The Armistead Project and LGF.

All of GMFA’s courses and workshops are free of charge to participants but places are limited and must be booked in advance. To book a place, go to GMFA Groupwork for gay men in England and Wales or call 020 7738 6872.

Getting a Boyfriend is a one day course which takes place on Saturday from 10am to 5pm.

The full list of dates for the course is:
SATURDAY 4TH APRIL
Brighton
Leeds
Newcastle
Norwich

SATURDAY 18TH APRIL
Birmingham
Cardiff
Liverpool
London

SATURDAY 25TH APRIL
Bristol
Leicester
Manchester
Sheffield
Southampton

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