FPA's Jiwsi project delivers innovative sexual health and relationships education in community settings to groups of vulnerable young people.

Vulnerable young people often miss out on relationships and sex education (RSE) that meets their needs.

This leaves them at increased risk of unintended pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections or other sexual health problems.

How we're funded

The Jiwsi project in North Wales is funded by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.

Who to contact

Information about Jiwsi

Mel Gadd, Project Co-ordinator
Email: [email protected]

Information about working with FPA

To discuss working with FPA as a partner or funder on similar projects contact:

Claire Lightley
Tel: 020 7608 5277
Email: [email protected]

What does Jiwsi mean anyway?

Jiwsi is a Welsh take on the word ‘juicy’. The name was chosen in consultation with young people.

Jiwsi works with groups of young people, under 25 years old, who live in North Wales and are identified as being vulnerable and at increased risk of sexual health problems now or in the future.

This includes (but isn't limited to):

  • Looked after children (LAC) and young people who are about to leave or who have left care.
  • Young people with physical or learning disabilities.
  • Young people with behavioural problems.
  • Socially disadvantaged young people.
  • Rurally isolated young people.
  • Young offenders.
  • Minority ethnic groups, including young refugees and travellers.
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) young people.
  • Homeless young people.
  • Young people with mental health issues.
  • Young people who have been or are at risk of being abused or abusing others.
  • Young parents.

How we work

We run developmental programmes of relationships and sex education (RSE) concentrating on issues identified by young people.

Popular topics include the difference between public and private behaviour, safer sex and developing healthy relationships.

“Jiwsi is a consistently high quality example of how SRE should be delivered to everyone, and demonstrates a commitment to working with vulnerable young people.”
Service Commissioner in North Wales

Project outcomes

  • Programmes of sexual health and relationships education are carried out in community-based settings.
  • Young people are familiarised with local sexual health and contraceptive services when appropriate.
  • Accredited training in core competencies in sexual health for youth workers is provided.

Who we work with

  • Practitioners and organisations can contact Jiwsi to discuss us delivering RSE to groups of young people.
  • We're happy to meet with groups of parents to discuss the work that Jiwsi does with children and young people.
  • We offer training and support to practitioners who want to deliver high quality RSE.

In 2017-18, Jiwsi delivered 334 sessions to 585 young people.

Young people said:

"I learn stuff I wouldn’t learn at school"

"Great to learn and be sure about things"

"I want to do it again!"

"Even if it looked like I was always messing about I learnt a lot"

"It was very funny and educational"

Professionals said:

"They have enjoyed the sessions and have gained and learnt so much"

"We value the sessions and will continue to use them with our young people"

"Very important information and sessions have been enjoyable for all. Good to give young people the space to discuss sex freely"

"Good relevant information giving student’s confidence"

Jiwsi trains and supports professionals to run safe and practical sex and relationships sessions with young people. 

We also run the Jiwsi Network for professionals. This popular network offers regular support via meetings, seminars and email updates to practitioners delivering SRE in North Wales.

Free Jiwsi activity book

Jiwsi staff have produced a bilingual book of activities used and developed within the Jiwsi project – A Pick ‘n’ Mix of Sex and Relationships Education Activities.

Groups who have worked with Jiwsi can request a free copy of the book from [email protected] or you can download your own free Jiwsi PDF in Welsh and English.