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SHOC is involved in a wide range of sexual health work including:


Sexual health campaigns

SHOC develops and implements evidence-based sexual health campaigns targeted at specific populations, often in partnership with other community organisations. Such campaigns include:


  • The You Can Expect (YCE) Campaign: targeting young people and general practices to improve general practices’ accessibility and responsivity to young peoples’ need for health services.
  • Emergency Hormonal Contraception provision through community pharmacists.
  • The Shoc-In' Campaign: targeting young people through nail bars and hairdressers.
  • The Weapons of Mass Protection Campaign: HIV awareness. 
  • Female Genital Mutilation ( FGM)
  • Supporting the implementation of the National Chlamydia Screening Programme in Brent.

Find out more about our campaigns


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Training and Education


  • SHOC provides a wide range of publications, resources and materials including appropriate education and training manuals, leaflets, videos, and condoms.
  • SHOC provides workshops on a wide range of sexual health issues.
  • SHOC contributes to the curriculum of appropriate professional training bodies.
  • SHOC provides specific tailor-made courses commissioned by individual organisations, local networks and forums.

Find out more about our training and education work


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Policy work, consultancy and strategic support

  • SHOC contributes to emerging national strategies and policy.
  • SHOC works in collaboration and partnership with other national and local sexual health promotion agencies.
  • SHOC provides service reviews, organisational audits and community needs assessments. 
  • SHOC provides consultancy on a range of sexual health and health promotion issues.
  • SHOC provides organisational development and consultancy.
  • SHOC provides support for those developing and implementing local sexual health strategies and projects.

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About our work locally in Brent

We are rooted in our local community-based work. Our activities include:


  • Community development, particularly with marginalized, vulnerable or stigmatised groups.
  • Consultancy, education and training, resources and support for those working in primary care settings, most notably in general practice to implement the National Strategy for Sexual Health and HIV.
  • Training for staff within the statutory sector services-such as health, education social services- as well as for those in voluntary and community based organisations.
  • HIV prevention initiatives, HIV and AIDS education and work to reduce the incidence of other STIs.
  • Project training and on-going work to reduce unintended teenage pregnancies.
  • A major resource of sexual health information, current policy and strategy documents
  • Networking and agenda-building opportunities for meeting and planning with other colleagues through local forums.
  • Professional support to primary health care professionals promoting sexual health and HIV prevention, through our training arm ShivAG.
  • Professional support and training to voluntary agencies promoting sexual health and HIV prevention.
  • Through partnership with other practitioners, a structured training and professional development programme.
  • An award-winning peer education project “R Project”; developing and delivering peer led sexual health education in schools and informal youth settings in Brent and London Boroughs.
  • Resources and health promotion materials on sexual health. The production of our Children and Young Peoples “Stay Healthy” and “Stay Safe” award winning “The Adventures of a Blueberry Condom” education resource and teaching package, and our new DVD "The Sperm Busters".  

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What We Do pages

"SHOC services are invaluable. SHOC provides us with educational and physical support to promote good sexual health in Brent for people of all ages."

Karen McCartney, Practice Nurse, Harrow Road Surgery.

"I love SHOC. SHOC is a great teacher. SHOC is an educational tool in Brent. They advise and promote. Safer Sex is SHOC's goal."
Hope Roberts, Practice Nurse, Tudor Medical Centre.

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