Entries by Nas

Keeping safe in pregnancy

The Department of Health has launched a new website called Our Chance to help keep pregnant mothers and their babies safe – maximising women’s chances of having safer pregnancies. Our Chance has been developed with charities Best Beginnings and Sands to give parents the knowledge and confidence to maximise their chances of better outcomes for […]

Take 10 for Mental Health

Monday 10 October marks World Mental Health Day and Spectrum is supporting a new national campaign to “take 10 minutes” and raise awareness of mental health. Led by Mental Health First Aid England, the idea behind the the ‘Take 10’ campaign is simply to spend 10 minutes chatting with someone you know – a friend, colleague […]

New day, new website and new blog!

New day, new website and new blog! Hooray! Our new website is live now with a dedicated section on Sexual Health. We are very excited about the launch of this website and sincerely hope you find it useful as well. We are writing this blog to introduce you to the sexual health section of this website. If […]

Spectrum welcomes call to make sex education statutory in schools

Spectrum Community Health has welcomed the call by the House of Commons’ Women and Equalities Committee to make relationship and sex education statutory in primary and secondary schools. The call comes after the committee published a report in September on ‘Sexual harassment and sexual violence in schools’. The report outlines some deeply concerning evidences such […]

Spectrum charity launches the new ReCycle project

The Spectrum People Bike Project was reborn as ReCycle on 23 September, relaunching under a new name to mark fantastic success since the project began. Spectrum’s Chief Executive, Linda Harris, joined charity Trustee Steven Michael and a host of staff, service users and volunteers to officially launch the new project at Reflections housing association, Castleford. […]

STI awareness must improve

As part of Sexual Health Week, Spectrum is driving awareness surrounding two lesser-known STIs, gonorrhoea and syphilis, especially because they can be hard to identify. Roughly 1 in 10 men and half of women infected with gonorrhoea won’t experience any obvious symptoms, whilst symptoms of syphilis can be very mild and change over time. Belinda […]

Dodgy kits give dodgy results

Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), an executive agency of the Department of Health, are reminding people to use only industry standard testing kits and condoms. As part of FPA’s Sexual Health Week, MHRA are asking people to avoid using counterfeit condoms and dodgy self-testing kits for HIV and STIs.  The agency is recommending […]

Sexual Health Week 2016

Spectrum’s sexual health teams have been on the move throughout September, promoting Sexual Health Awareness Week at sixth-form colleges across Wakefield and Barnsley. This year’s Sexual Health Week campaign was organised by the sex education charity Family Planning Association (FPA), emphasising a “back to basics” approach to STI awareness and encouraging providers to drive education […]