HIV charities help gay men speak out New ‘Power Talking’ course

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Do you want to improve your communication skills, including negotiating the sex you want? GMFA, the gay men’s health charity, today announced the launch of their new workshop, ‘Power Talking’, which will be delivered by GMFA’s CHAPS partners in 11 cities across the UK this autumn. This two-day course will give you the skills to communicate with clarity and confidence. It will help you talk to people about all areas of your life, including your sex life. It will give you the power to ask for what you want and say ‘no’ to things that you don’t want to do.

The course takes a look at the different ways that communication skills can affect our lives, in a relaxed and friendly group setting. You’ll learn about assertiveness and building your skills in effective communication in a variety of situations, whether with friends, at work or with sexual partners. Plus, there’ll be plenty of tips that you can put into action after the course, to make you a happier, more confident communicator.

Throughout September and October 2011, the ‘Power Talking’ course will be run by trainers from local gay charities and healthcare services across England, including: The Terrence Higgins Trust, The Eddystone Trust, Healthy Gay Nottingham, The Lesbian and Gay Foundation, MESMAC North East, Healthy Gay Life, Yorkshire MESMAC, Trade, and GCHS.

Matthew Hodson, Head of Programmes at GMFA, says: “Not everyone has the confidence to ask for what they want, and many people struggle to say no, for fear of giving offence. Often these difficulties are exacerbated when it comes to sex. Good communication skills can have a huge impact on our lives. Men with the ability and confidence to communicate effectively are more likely to successfully negotiate the sex they want. Lacking the confidence to say ‘no’ to the sex we don’t want can lead to men putting themselves or their sexual partners at risk. This course will give men the skills to voice their needs and desires in all areas of their lives.”

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 www.gmfa.org.uk/national or call 020 7738 3712.

The ‘Power Talking’ course takes place on two consecutive Saturdays from 10:30am to 5:30pm. BSL interpreters can be arranged prior to the course. The dates for 2011 are:

10th & 17th September: Brighton, London, Manchester, Newcastle

17th & 24th September: Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Nottingham, Southampton

1st & 8th October: Leicester

15th & 22nd October: Truro

The national ‘Power Talking’ course is funded by CHAPS.