Do you want to promote National Condom Day (NCD) 2020 but need some inspiration?
It may be helpful to focus your event around one or more of the NCD themes: condom use, consent, pleasure and STI testing.
Consider different ways to get across the following key messages:
- Condom use – Use condoms or dams to help prevent Sexually Transmissible Infections (STIs). Condoms also help prevent pregnancy.
- Consent – Communicate with your partner/s and check in regularly. Consent is essential.
- Pleasure – When things are getting hot, make sure everyone is having fun. Pleasure is important.
- STI testing – Testing for Sexually Transmissible Infections (STIs) is easy peasy. A simple urine, swab or blood sample is often all that’s needed.
To increase the reach of your event, consider different partnership opportunities within your community. This may include schools, community/youth groups, other non-profit organisations or local businesses.
Here is a list of event ideas for promoting healthy relationships and safe, consensual sex
- Incorporate National Condom Day into your existing promotions for Valentine’s Day i.e. create small gift bags with condoms and chocolates/flowers.
- Incorporate National Condom Day into your existing promotions for WA Sexual Health Week (limited resources may be available from the website).
- Hold an interactive information/education stall in your workplace, school or community. Consider high traffic areas i.e. reception areas, clinics, local pubs, youth centres or shopping centres.
- Create an interesting static display in your workplace, school or community i.e. window displays, bowls of condoms, posters on the noticeboards or toilet doors. Tip: create some interest by downloading our different bunting designs here
- Organise an educational morning tea or afternoon tea within your workplace or community. Tip: anything food related will be a winner!
- Organise sexual health workshops or presentations with a focus on one or more of the NCD themes. Collaborate with other health professionals or organisations in your area if you are unable to facilitate this yourself.
- Partner with your local newspaper or radio to promote condom use, consent, pleasure or STI testing.
- Host a series of fun nights in, with a focus on condom use, consent, pleasure or STI testing.
- Run a design competition to promote various sexual health messages. Get creative with different forms of media i.e. memes, video, posters.
- Host a bigger event (i.e. community day or health expo) in collaboration with other organisations in your local area.
- Hold a raffle or a competition with ‘prize packs’ and giveaways i.e. consider reaching out to local businesses for sponsorship or donations.
- Focus your attention on social media and run online competitions i.e. ‘guess the number of condoms in the jar’, online quizzes or a sexual health meme competition.
Create content that is fun, engaging and shareable. Don’t forget to mention us and use the hashtag #CondomDay2020 (we will be happy to promote your events). Visit our social media toolkit here
Here is a list of activity ideas for promoting healthy relationships and safe, consensual sex:
Tip: offer giveaways as an incentive for participation in your activities and contact local businesses for support.
- Ask participants what consent means and provide examples (also see consent definition from the Sexual Assault Resource Centre)
- Sexual Assault Resource Centre – includes posters, brochures, video clips and information sheets on consent, respectful relationships and other topics
- Thumbs up, thumbs down activity – Get participants to read out some scenarios and decide whether they think the people consented i.e. “I have been going out with someone for six months now. We went to a party and had too much to drink. I woke up to find them having sex with me”
- If someone has not given consent, or was not able to give consent, that is sexual assault. Do an activity around common sexual assault myths and facts available here
- Keep activities fun by incorporating examples that your participants can identify with i.e. YouTube clips, social media, popular culture. E.g. Tea and Consent – A video that compares consent to drinking a cup of tea.
- Do a chocolate negotiation activity – give everyone a chocolate and get them to negotiate with consent to get their preferred chocolate from someone else in the room.
- Give it, Get it, Don’t give it – brainstorm ways that someone might show/say that they are giving consent, getting consent and not giving consent.
- Condom demonstrations (resources can be hired or purchased) or clips i.e. how to use a condom
- Competitions such as ‘guess the number of condoms in the jar’, a lucky dip, ‘steps for putting on a condom’ or the ‘saucy sex’ cards (resources can be hired or purchased).
- Create a condom tree or something else to grab attention.
- Hire or make a condom costume as an activity or wear the costume during your event.
- Make a piñata filled with condoms, lollies and facts, questions or quotes.
- Get participants to create their own fun ‘recipes’ based around the NCD themes i.e. a pinch of communication etc.
- Theatre or role-play about consent as well as negotiating condom use i.e. excuses for not wearing a condom and comebacks.
- Offer an incentive to complete a safe sex quiz – giveaways and prizes
- Love, Sex and Relationships – A teaching resource from the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University. The following activities explore relationships, sexual consent, equity and sexual and reproductive health – When is the right time? | Communication | Consent | What’s OK and what’s not OK – Sexual Harassment
- Tagged – A short film that addresses cyberbullying and issues of consent.
- ‘But my dick is too big’ myth buster – a lot of young people say that they and/or their partner refuse to wear a condom because ‘their dick is too big’. Have a competition to see how many oranges you can fit inside a condom (the answer is a lot). It can be helpful to mention that condoms are very stretchy and should fit most people. However, if the condom feels too tight, painful or the person has difficulty maintaining an erection, then condoms come in different sizes (differ in girth) and it is possible to buy these from most supermarkets, chemists and online.