People arrive and are welcomed by the facilitators. While we wait for everyone to arrive, there are some activities to get people thinking about the subjects we’ll be discussing.
Once everyone has arrived, the facilitators lead some brief introductions. Then we begin screening video episodes from the Real Talk video catalog. After each episode, we check in with everyone about whether the things discussed in the videos are interesting or relevant to them. We invite discussion, reflection, and questions.
Pizza arrives near the end. Folks take a quick break for a bite and some casual chat, then it’s back to more episodes, discussion, reflection, questions, and answers.
Afterwards (if they want to) people have the opportunity to film themselves asking questions or giving feedback on the event. Here’s an example of what that looks like. If someone films themselves, we check in with them and their caregivers afterwards by email to see if they’d be ok with us posting their video on our web page. (We NEVER post a video without a person’s written permission, and if someone ever changes their mind about a video, we’ll take it down.)
Tough Cookies is a Real Talk event specifically for female-identified folks.
Women with a cognitive disability meet to casually decorate cookies, share stories about their favourite female heroes throughout history, watch some Real Talk videos, and participate in a conversation facilitated by a certified sexual health educator.
Please note – if you want a family member, friend, or staff member to come along and support you at the Tough Cookies event that’s great. They don’t need to register, they can just show up with you.
Our goal with each event is to provide an encouraging, inclusive and comfortable space for folks to honestly share about love, dating, sex and relationships. What are people’s experiences? Hopes? Dreams? Frustrations? Disappointments?