Ready2Shine CIC is a Service for Adults and children with Learning Disabilities to access Education in relation to Sexual Health, Emotions, Relationships and Self Care. This is not just about sexual activity; this will include aspects such as boundaries with staff, peers, family and strangers. Other topics will include managing menstruation, self-care for males and females and appropriate masturbation. Understanding and managing emotions and recognising different types of relationships will also be key themes during the sessions.
The course is designed to explore all elements listed above with small groups of participants allowing them to recognise and understand why these aspects of their lives are important and how they can manage these appropriately in their adolescent and adult years (dependent on the age demographic of the group). The sessions will aim to enhance overall holistic Health and Wellbeing and to equip the participants with the knowledge and understanding to safeguard and protect themselves and others.
The sessions will specifically focus on one topic at a time, allowing students the time and opportunity to explore these topics in detail. Each session will be planned according to individual need, learning style and in consultation with those that support them in their everyday lives.
Sex and Relationships Education is currently a Non Statutory subject within the National Curriculum and is often not prioritised within educational establishments. Professionals working within the field of Learning Disabilities often report that they are not equipped with time, resource or knowledge to be able to deliver Relationships and Sex Education effectively therefore Ready2Shine CIC aims to bridge that gap.
Children, Young People and Adults with disabilities have the same rights to explore and develop their sexuality as anyone else. The Sexual Offences Act (2003) recognises the rights of people with a mental disorder to a full life, including a sexual life. They may however face additional barriers and difficulties when doing so. Ready2Shine CIC aims to address these barriers and difficulties by offering an enabling and supportive environment to address these needs.
Meet the team
Ready2Shine CIC is managed and run by 2 Health Care Professionals that work together to ensure a truly inclusive, person centered experience. With feedback like "you bounce off each other" and "you compliment each other really well" Shannon and Jenni are a great team. This is what makes Ready2Shine CICunique, the knowledge of a Sexual Health Practitioner delivering the course, facilitated by a Learning Disability Nurse ensuring the participants are engaged to their fullpotential throughout.
Managing Director of Training
Sexual Health Practitioner
Shannon has delivered Sex and relationship Education to various groups of young people and adults for the Solent Sexual Health Promotion Team and on a one to one basis with patients within Genito Urinary Medicine . Shannon is currently undertaking her National Registration as a Public Health Practitioner and continues to work in Educational establishments to deliver tailor made packages of SRE as part of the Personal, Social, Health Education Curriculum. Her passion is ensuring that everyone receives quality and effective sexual health education that allows them to make informed and appropriate decisions without taboo and judgement. The ability to make good choices can lead to empowerment, safety and overall positive holistic health. This is something that Shannon aims to promote in all her delivery.
Managing Director of Business
Registered Learning Disability Nurse
Jennifer has worked within the Learning Disability sector since 2003. She is a Registered Nurse and is passionate about people meeting their full potential even if it means breaking barriers. Everyone has the basic need of positive relationships but Jennifer appreciates this can be harder to understand and access for some. She has experience working with a variety of individuals completing assessments of sexual knowledge in order to plan the education received. She has supported individuals with managing emotions from anger to anxiety always promoting independence where she can, up-skilling the individual to feel in control. Jennifer has been training freelance since 2016 but delivered training as part of her nurse role within the NHS . She works in a very individual and Kinetic way using practical elements where possible and is able to quickly assess the changing needs adults present.
Jennifer was awarded Influential Woman of the Year Hampshire 2017 and is up for the nationals in July 2018
Catherine is really excited to be part of the Ready2Shine team. Having spent time with people with learning disabilities both through work and personally, when she heard about Ready2Shine's project she could see what a need there was for a service like this. She has a Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education and from this went on to work with children with learning disabilities in school and home care settings. She's currently a stay-at-home mum with her two boys, aged 2 & 4. Catherine loves being outdoors and exploring with her family, as well as anything crafty!
Catherine is passionate about things that matter and has a really diplomatic way of challenging thought processes to allow others to reflect on their actions/decisions. She is honest, insightful and very good at communicating. This is why Catherine is our critical friend within the Directors team. Catherine is responsible for the Policies and Proceedures within the service. She analysis the data and ensures we all implimetn the structures that we have in place.
Volunteer Support Worker
Louise Joined us in 2018 as support worker and quickly became the rock of the sessions. Louise has contact with participants from right before their first session by calling to introduce and checking how travel plans/homework is getting on right through to the end by completing evaluations. Louise is part of most of the sessions by working alongside the trainer making sure all people are able to follow the programme and their well-being needs during the session are met.
Louise has worked within Learning Disabilities for a number of years and has a particular interest in RSE. Louise is Dynamic, fun and so approachable! She has such a high level of communication skills with people who use different methods.
Volunteer Support Worker
Charlotte joined us in 2019 to support with sessions on a ad hoc basis. She slowly grew within the service to now support our Set2Shine coffee mornings. Charlottes role entails contacting the Drop in experts that are wanted by the participants and to ensure that there is a good mix of information within the group. Charlotte has a strong background in supporting people and is actively involved with young people and has supported people with learning Disabilities within an education environment as a guidance counsellor.
Working Group Members
We are currently recruiting for our Advisory forum....You will see the members appear as we progress through the process....