Lovehoney has teamed up with sex education charity Sexpression to make sex education more accessible to young people in Britain. Sexpression is a national organisation with 27 branches across the UK, whose goal is to create ‘a society in which young people are able to access reliable information about relationships, sex and sexuality’.
Lovehoney sets aside a percentage of profits every year to support sex-positive charities, and first became involved with Sexpression in March this year. The sex toy retailer has helped both the Exeter and King’s College London branches of Sexpression, providing resources for volunteers and events. Lovehoney has also donated £1,000 towards the charity’s National Conference, held in Leicester on November 1st and 2nd.
“Here at Sexpression Exeter we provide young adults with the opportunity to discuss attitudes towards relationships, sex and sexuality in a safe and non-judgemental environment,” said Ailise Smith, from the Exeter branch. “Our aim is to promote self-esteem, respect for others and informed decisions. Lovehoney is the perfect partner for us, as they share our values of safe, consensual sex without stigma. As a charity organisation, we rely entirely on volunteers and thanks to Lovehoney’s sponsorship we can afford to provide volunteers with much-needed resources.”
Sex and relationships education isn’t currently compulsory in the UK, and many schools are able to opt-out. Lucy Plummer, a member of Lovehoney’s charitable committee, said: “We’re delighted to have formed a great relationship with Sexpression – their work is vital for young people who aren’t receiving proper information in schools, and is hugely important for the future of sexual happiness in this country. All evidence suggests that sex education leads to less STIs, fewer unwanted pregnancies and happier, healthier sex lives.”
To find out more about Sexpression visit www.sexpression.org.uk