Workshops & Forums

Workshops For Gay Men

We offer a range of FREE workshops for same sex attracted men (gay, bisexual, or curious).

Participating in a workshop is a great way to make new friends in a safe social environment and to learn more about identity, coming out, sex and sexual health, HIV, relationships, the LGBTI community and other relevant topics. There are usually between 10-14 guys in each group.

Our workshops are facilitated by trained professional volunteers and run over 2 – 6 sessions, depending on the workshop. Workshops happen at the ACON offices in central Sydney and selected regional offices.

The below workshops are for all gay men. We also run other workshops for young gay men aged 18-26.

Looking For Mr. Right

Let’s face it at some point or another many of us are looking for Mr Right – that special someone you can cuddle up to in bed with and maybe even spend the rest of our lives with. Everybody’s Mr Right is out there somewhere, so you might be asking yourself why it’s taking so long to find yours.

Well, maybe we can help.

Here at ACON, we are holding a weekly workshop held over four weeks for gay men who want to meet their Mr Right. Our Looking For Mr Right workshop will help you navigate and negotiate your way around the complexities of today’s ‘dating landscape’, while learning about HIV, sexual health and staying safe.

Commenting about the workshop, Nicolas Parkhill, ACON CEO, said: “Looking for Mr Right is one of our most popular and well attended workshops. You will learn about improving your communication skills, the dating do’s and don’ts and the best way to enjoy intimacy. The workshops are relaxed, fun and are designed to encourage participation and great conversations.”

“You’ll also benefit from a panel of men who have different experiences of being in a variety of relationship types.”

Here are some comments from people who have attended the workshop in the past:

“I really enjoyed the group dynamic, camaraderie of the participants and the quality of information and topics covered.”

“I really enjoyed the active discussions and activities. It allowed me to open my mind to new opinions and perspectives.”

Workshop details:

Venue: ACON Sydney 414 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills

Dates: Wednesday, 10 October to 31 October

Time: 6:30 – 9:30pm

To register, email lrabie@acon.org.au or call (02) 9206 2086.

 

More Workshops Coming Soon!

We are currently revamping our workshops. Keep an eye on this space.

Workshops for Young Gay Men

We offer a range of FREE workshops for young same-sex attracted men (gay, bisexual, curious), trans inclusive.

Participating in a workshop is a great way to make new friends in a safe social environment and to learn more about identity, coming out, sex and sexual health, HIV, relationships, the LGBTI community and other relevant topics. There are usually between 10-14 guys in each group.

Our workshops are facilitated by trained professional volunteers and run over 2 – 6 sessions, depending on the workshop. Workshops happen at the ACON offices in central Sydney and selected regional offices.

Sign up for a workshop here

 

Upcoming Workshops

We’re currently seeking participants for the below workshop/s. Once enough participants have enrolled, dates for the workshop will be confirmed.

 

StartMakingSense

Start Making Sense

This a free workshop for young gay men aged 18 to 26. Meet other young guys and learn about identity, sexuality, coming out, family, friendships, relationships, the gay community and how to build social networks. We’ll also teach you about HIV, sexual health and how to stay safe when hooking up!

Sign up here

GettingItOnline

Start Making Sense – Mandarin

This workshop of for guys aged 18-30 who speak Mandarin. Explore being same-sex attracted, coming out, cultural identity, friendships, relationships, family, the gay community, building social networks, as well as HIV and sexual health. This workshop is delivered in Mandarin.

Sign up here

 

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Start Making Sense – Arabic & Middle Eastern speaking background

This workshop is for guys aged 18-30 who are from an Arabic and/or Middle Eastern background. Explore being same-sex attracted, coming out, cultural identity, friendships, relationships, family, the gay community, building social networks, as well as HIV and sexual health.

Sign up here

 

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Start Making Sense – Regional & Rural Online

If you live in a rural or regional area, this workshop is an opportunity to meet other guys around NSW and learn more about identity, coming out, sexuality, friendships, relationships, family, HIV and sexual health. All you need is an internet connection and a webcam enabled laptop or phone!

Sign up here

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Adult Themes

Meet like minded guys and explore issues around sexuality, intimacy, relationships, sexual attitudes, communication, HIV and sexual health. Get tips and techniques about how to have a better, healthier sex life. You’ll also get to hear from a panel of guys in the know.

Sign up here

 

GettingItOnline

Getting It Online

Learn tips and techniques for setting up a safe and effective gay networking profile. Make new friends while discussing the advantages and disadvantages of using the internet/apps for finding mates, dates and sex. Discuss social values, online etiquette and sexual discrimination.

Sign up here

 

Find Out More
For more info, please contact us: 1800 063 060 | (02) 9206 2076 | youth@acon.org.au

Tell Your Story

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Hearing someone else’s story helps us to understand who they are, what they have experienced, and why they think and act as they do. Storytelling is one of the oldest, simplest and most effective methods we can use to teach people about different topics. We learn by interpreting messages from the authors who communicate them, and by noticing the actions of protagonists who are similar to ourselves.

This form of observational learning is one that can and has been used for HIV peer education. When we connect to characters in a narrative, these characters may have great influence on our attitudes and beliefs, encouraging us to adopt a set of behaviours: Stories can emphasise the importance of wearing a condom with fuckbuddies because a series of consequences have been shown to us; they can teach us to balance pleasure with caution, to get tested, to follow the wisdom of a champion who has survived a close encounter with his sexual health.

Our voices matter.

With new forms of digital media and online sharing made available to us, never before has it been easier to be heard.

What is digital storytelling?

This term describes the new practice of ordinary people who use digital tools to tell their ‘story’. Digital stories compel and engage us, prompting us to respond. Storytellers use videos, images, texts, and voiceovers to tell their story, selecting those symbols that best say what they want to say.

The stories in our collection have been created by participants in our workshop program that has run over 6 Saturdays in partnership with Thinkspace at the Powerhouse Museum.

Our current collection of digital stories includes:

I Knew You Didn’t Have Anything

Sero Disco

Community & Social Groups for Women

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The Women’s Coming Out Group is a free, confidential social support group, a safe and friendly place for women who are same-sex attracted, lesbian, gay, bi, queer, questioning or unsure, to meet and talk about various topics around sexuality and other life issues. It is facilitated by trained volunteers of Twenty10 incorporating the Gay and Lesbian Counselling service NSW. Head to the website to find out what happens in a group and to see the list of discussion topics for 2015 groups.

The Australian Lesbian Medical Associations (ALMA) DocLIST website features an extensive list of information and resources to help lesbian, bi and queer women connect with their community and get information on health, legal and human rights issues.

On the list you will find over 600 national and state-based organisations, groups and services and resources. Examples include community events, health services, counselling and support services, social groups, sporting groups, artistic organisations, and young people’s groups.

The ACON Here for Women Facebook pages share news about events, workshops and parties.