EXPLORE RELATIONSHIPS

Enabling young people to explore the realities of lasting relationships.
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WHAT IS EXPLORE?

Explore is a relationships education charity, set up in 2000 which delivers workshops that help young people discuss, evaluate and explore long-term, positive, healthy relationships within the context of marriage. Each session is run by a professional Explore local development officer who will manage the whole session for you, for a one-hour session, a half day or a full day conference.

On the day, the local development officer will introduce your students to a variety of married couples who will then give an open and honest testimony about what married life is like for them. Students are then encouraged to ask the couple questions about the pros and cons of long term relationships.

WORKSHOPS

A typical Explore session lasts an hour in its entirety. This includes an introduction to the session with brainstorming led by a trained Facilitator, a half hour dialogue between the couple and the students and a time of reflection and evaluation with the students after they have met the couple. This format can be extended to include a second couple for the students to question if the time slot is extended to 1.5 to 2 hours.

HALF-DAY CONFERENCES

These are one-off events that usually last between 3 to 4 hours. They can involve a whole year group meeting with several couples in small groups e.g. teaching or tutor groups. This format fits well with ‘drop down’ days like Citizenship, PSHE and RSE days. The sessions work in exactly the same way as the workshops but can be organised on a carousel basis so that the classes get to see more than one couple.

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" I now know relationships can last even if from what I have experienced with my parents was different "
School student after listening to The Explore Experience
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ABOUT EXPLORE

Explore is a relationships education charity, set up in 2000 which delivers workshops that help young people discuss, evaluate and explore long-term, positive, healthy relationships within the context of marriage. Each session is run by a professional Explore local development officer who will manage the whole session for you, for a one-hour workshop, or multiple workshops over a half or full day.

On the day, the local development officer will introduce your students to one or more married couples who will then give an open and honest testimony about what married life is like for them. Students are then encouraged to ask the couple questions about the pros and cons of long-term relationships.

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A CHANCE TO ASK QUESTIONS

The vast majority of young people (over 90% according to MORI) hold very real and deep aspirations for having an enduring and meaningful relationship, healthy family life that is probably marriage in their adult lives.

However, it has been recognised that less than 5% of today’s young people have ever had the opportunity to hold a detailed and open conversation with a parent, relative, teacher or adult on the subject of their relationships. Scant provision is, therefore, made to prepare young people to make the biggest decisions in their lives.

It is also recognised that relationship skills are not learnt in a didactic manner or through lecture but from experience. Indeed, Explore endeavours not to promote anything; nor proselytise; nor perform any direct act of teaching - but empowers the young people to lead the agenda in whatever direction interests them.

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We seek to support schools and colleges, usually with Years 10 - 13. Our work is consistent with the guidelines issued by the Department of Education for Relationship Education. We operate within the educational curriculum and syllabus for PSHE, Citizenship and RE in schools.