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Who are we?

The Black & Minority Ethnic (BME) Team are a community based team who focus on working with people from non-white British backgrounds, as some pockets of these communities can find it difficult to access sexual health information. 

If you are from a BME community and worried about your sexual health, get in touch with us- we’re here to help! 

The team provide confidential, culturally sensitive advice and information to ensure everyone feels comfortable in accessing sexual health services.

We understand that it may be difficult to discuss matters around sex and relationships. For this reason, we reach out to the local community by offering several discreet drop ins around the city that are catered to your needs.

We work with Asylum Seekers and Refugees, local faith groups and educational venues to support people of all ages.

What can we support you with?

Sexual health advice, information and testing 
The BME Team can offer advice on safer sex, contraception and sexual health testing (including HIV testing). The team offer sexual health drop-ins at a range of community venues in Stoke-on-Trent where we provide free condoms, sexual health advice, HIV testing and chlamydia testing. If you’d like to know where to find us, please email BMETeam@ssotp.nhs.uk or call 0300 123 0970.

Sexuality and gender identity
The BME team supports those who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual and/or transgender (LGBT) to access support and social groups and empowers people to feel comfortable and confident living their life as an LGBT person.  

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) 
Also known as cutting, FGM is an illegal, painful and dangerous procedure where the female genitals are deliberately cut or injured for non-medical reasons. It is usually carried out on young girls between 0-15 years. The BME Team can offer signposting to free and confidential support services in Stoke-on-Trent for those affected by FGM.

Forced marriage  
A marriage is forced if a person has been pressured into marrying someone against their will; sometimes physical or emotional abuse is used. Forcing someone to get married is against the law. They are usually set up by family members and are different to arranged marriages which involve two people meeting and agreeing to be married. If you or someone you know is feeling pressured into getting married, the BME Team can signpost and offer confidential support, contact us on 0300 123 0970 or email BMETeam@ssotp.nhs.uk

 

 

Are BME services confidential?

All of our services are free and confidential. We will not tell anyone, including partners, parents, teachers, friends, family or doctors that you came to see us unless you ask us to. Anything you say to us will be treated with respect. There are times when confidentiality may need to be broken so that we can protect you under the law. However, we will ALWAYS try and discuss this with you first. For example, if you tell us, or we think you are at risk of danger or harm to yourself and/or others, we will contact the relevant agencies.

 

How can I get in touch?

You can email us on BMETeam@ssotp.nhs.uk or call our confidential information line on 0300 123 0970. Just ask for the BME Team and you’ll be directed through to our office.

 

Useful contacts

BME Sexual Health Prevention Team
Discreet, culturally sensitive information and advice to those affected by a range of issues alongside sexual health prevention services.
Email: BMETeam@ssotp.nhs.uk or Tel: 0300 123 0970 (voicemails can be left out of hours)

Cobridge Sexual Health Clinic
Sexual health testing, contraception, specialist counselling and psychosexual clinic.
Tel: 0300 7900 165 or visit this webpage for more information

Grange Park Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC)
Centre providing services to men, women and children who have been raped or sexually assaulted living in Staffordshire.
Email sarc@ssotp.nhs.uk, Tel: 0300 7900 166 or visit this webpage for more information

Karma Nirvana
Charity confidentially supporting victims and survivors of Forced Marriage and Honour Based Abuse.
Tel: 0800 5999 247

LGBT Sexual Health Prevention
Support for those who are curious about their sexuality, identify as LGBT and/or looking for support. Youth and Men’s groups available.
Email lgbt@ssotp.nhs.uk,Tel: 0300 123 0970 or visit www.lgbtstoke.co.uk for more information

NSPCC FGM helpline
Helpline for those affected by Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
Tel: 08000 233 550 or email fgmhelp@nspcc.or.uk

SAVANA
Local charity organisation offering counselling support to those who have suffered from any type of sexual violence, this includes cutting. 

Tel: 01782 433204

 


 

Confidentiality Policy: We will not tell anyone, including partners, parents, teachers, friends, family or doctors that you came to see us unless you ask us to. Anything you say to us will be treated with respect. There are times when confidentiality may need to be broken so that we can protect you under the law. However, we will ALWAYS try and discuss this with you first. For example, if you tell us, or we think you are at risk of danger or harm to yourself and/or others, we will contact the relevant agencies.

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