Let’s Talk About Sexual Violence trainer recruitment

We’re now recruiting trainers to help deliver our pioneering “Let’s Talk About Sexual Violence” workshops.

We’re looking for enthusiastic students with an interest in tackling gender-based violence. You don’t need any previous training experience and this is a fantastic opportunity to build your skills by being part of a ground-breaking project that has already delivered workshops to over 600 students at the University of Glasgow and has had national press attention! If this interests you, please read on…

Background to the project

Last year the Glasgow University Students’ Representative Council and Glasgow Caledonian University piloted a student-led initiative in partnership with Rape Crisis Scotland. Students at both universities wanted to do something to tackle sexual violence, building on student activism such as the Let’s Talk campaign. So we developed a programme for students with a keen interest in challenging sexual violence to be trained and supported to deliver workshops to other students.

The key principles and approaches we decided on were:

  • Encouraging community ownership and engagement
  • Participatory workshops, not ‘lectures’
  • Developing empathy with survivors of sexual violence and creating a supportive ethos
  • Understanding sexual violence as cause and consequence of gender inequality
  • Constructively challenging unhelpful attitudes, but not antagonistic
  • Focusing on preventing perpetration, rather than ‘keeping yourself safe’ messages.

Are you interested?

Both universities want to build on the success of the first year so we’re now inviting anyone with an interest in being trained as a trainer to get in touch with us. We’re looking for people of any age and gender, with a commitment to equality and non-violence and an interest in challenging sexual violence and promoting student engagement with the issues.

What’s the commitment?

  • Take part in a four-day initial training course (29th August-1st September inclusive)
  • Commit to working collaboratively, supportively and constructively with fellow trainers
  • Deliver workshops to students at your university, which will be organised by GUSRC
  • Take part in ongoing practice development sessions – approximately 2-3 over the coming year
  • Contribute your ideas and feedback to help shape the programme for the future

The benefits of being trained are:

  • Access to comprehensive free training provided by Rape Crisis Scotland
  • The opportunity to be involved in creating positive social and cultural change
  • Improved knowledge around the causes of sexual violence and the approaches for preventing and responding to gender-based violence in society
  • Recognition of your involvement in the project recorded on your HEAR (Higher Education Achievement Report)
  • Development of your team-working, presentation and facilitation skills leading to improved graduate attributes

The training includes:

  • Plenty of time for discussions, sharing ideas and learning from each other
  • What sexual violence is, and what the different forms are
  • The impacts of sexual violence
  • An overview of the criminal justice process
  • How the media reports on sexual violence
  • How to respond if someone discloses sexual violence during a workshop, and support and referral pathways at your university
  • Working with groups and responding to tricky questions
  • Consent and bystander approaches
  • Practice facilitating the activities you would deliver
  • Lunch and refreshments

If you’re interested in becoming a trainer please email Lauren McDougall at vp-support@src.gla.ac.uk with your answers to these questions and put “Let’s Talk About Sexual Violence Trainer Application Form” as the email subject:

  1. Why do you think this training is important?
  2. Have you heard of the “Let’s Talk About Sexual Violence” workshops before now, and if so where did you hear about the project and have you attended a workshop?
  3. Why do you want to be involved? (if you answered this in your initial email you can leave this question blank)
  4. Scenario: You’re partway through giving the 90-minute workshop to a group of students. You’re showing them different scenarios and most of them involve sexual violence against women. One member of the group says ‘Isn’t that sexist? Why don’t you show equal numbers?’ How do you respond to this?
  5. What does the term ‘consent’ mean to you, and how would you go about explaining it to a group of students?
  6. Are you fully available during working hours (roughly 10am-4pm) between 29th of August and 1st of September? If not please state your availability during this period.
  7. Are you free to deliver at least 1 workshop during the week commencing the 4th of September?
  8. Can you commit to delivering at least 3 x 90 minute workshops throughout the next academic year?
  9. Please add anything else you’d like us to consider…

If you have any questions about accessibility, equal opportunities or availability throughout the week of training please do not hesitate to contact me.