Sam Roddick, founder of Coco de Mer and daughter of Body Shop legend Anita Roddick spoke at our annual conference today. In a direct, sensible and thought provoking speech she urged us to ensure young people know the route to good sex is to enjoy it. Sounds obvious hey, but we know that for many people enjoyment is not on the agenda.
The last two days has been quite remarkable and a real privilege;
We held our first ever awards dinner, hosted by Mica Paris, Brook Ambassador, TV Presenter and Singer. Full details, including photos, of the winners will be on our website in the next week or so - wonderful work being carried out by passionate people.
The awards dinner was also attended by Tracy Cox, relationship expert and a brilliant Brook ambassador alongside colleagues, supporters and friends of Brook. Now it is all over, the adrenaline is dwindling and I am too tired to write anything more. Except of course thank you to the young people and staff who made it sure it was a success. Thank you also to our main sponsors Bayer Schering Pharma, Organon and Durex.
We launched a hard hitting campaign It's Your Choice www.brook.org.uk/itsyourchoice and on the back of this an article appeared in the guardian society pages entitled young people can be responsible about sex. Others recognised the power and potential of our new campaign - describing it as clear, direct and informative.
Running a big event like the awards and conference is a bit like running a marathon for me, just before its over, you're sure you'll never do it again, and even before the legs have stopped aching, you know it won't be long before the planning and preparation starts.....I look forward to starting planning our 2009 jamboree in earnest before too long!
The link below is to an opinion piece I wrote about young people, responsibility and sex that appeared in the guardian this week http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2008/feb/13/youngpeople.health