can you help bish

Can You Help BISH?

Thousands of young people visit here everyday to get answers about sex and relationships. To keep helping those young people I need your help with funding and promotion.

Over the years I’ve had a lot of fans of this website say “I wish this was around when I was younger.” Well, this is your opportunity to support great quality, inclusive, and critical sexuality education. This project needs funding, and I’m hoping you might become a subscriber to the Patreon. But you can also help with promotion, research and testimonials.

First of all, a bit of background.

Background

BISH is a pretty popular website, with thousands of visits per week and over a million unique visitors in the last 12 months. I have a survey for young people to give me their thoughts about the website and they are very positive, 69% of young people rated it ‘very helpful’, with 15% saying it was ‘helpful’. You can read more about what young folk say about BISH.

You can also see what academics, researchers, sexual health professionals, and agony aunts and uncles say about BISH here. This website was included in the UNESCO Switched On Symosium looking at sexuality websites for young people. BISH was praised for having ‘an intelligent response’ to providing resources which focus on both safely and pleasure.

Funding

So as you can see, this is one of the best online sexuality education resources for young people (and many non-young people too). This is your chance to be a part of it and to keep it running for years to come. Come and join my extremely generous and wonderful Patrons who donate a monthly via Patreon. Just £1 a month would be amazing. I have had amazing sponsorship in the past, but my wonderful Patrons are my only source of funding from now on.

Can You Promote?

Many of you are passionate about inclusive sexuality education and also work with young people. Can you help me promote the website where they are? School, college, youth clubs, clinics, universities. I’ve made some A4 posters that you could print out. Click on the image for full size.

My wonderful Patrons have actually funded a print run of posters and I can send some of these to you for free. More details on that here and of course, if you can join the Patreon then I can afford to send more materials out to people.

This website is funded by Patrons. We’re looking for a few hundred people who can subscribe from just £1 a month. Can you help?

Become a Patron!

Promote online

I already get a lot of visitors per year and the vast majority of those are via google search, which means that for a few search terms BISH is at the top or near the top of the search results.

You can find out more about this if you become a Patron of the website, because I write regular reports for Patrons about how we are doing.

Mostly search engines like well written and relevant blog posts, but they also like to triangulate the quality of the website by looking at who links to it. This is where you can help!

If you can link to BISH from your website that would be awesome. It seems that the best links for would be from government or academic institution websites, so if you can link for one of those that would be especially good. You might find it easier to link to the non-sexy sections, like love, or about you.

From what I’ve learnt reading about Search Engine Optimisation, I may not benefit from being linked to from porn sites so if you work in porn maybe could you link from your social media instead?

Social media

I need all the help I can get when it comes to spreading the word about good sex ed online. As you can see, the wonderful Hannah Witton made a nice video featuring BISH here, oh and she also promotes the Patreon, which she is part of btw, here. If you have a platform of any kind, if you can promote what I do here that would be awesome.

BISH is on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube so if you could spread the word about those that would also be great. These platforms gatekeep what I can post, so if you can follow and find posts and videos and share them that would be great.

Feedback

So my readers think that this website material is valuable. You can help me, kindly supporter person, by giving me feedback too. As you can see here academics, researchers, pracitioners, and one extremely famous celebrity doctor love it. Please add your kind words too and maybe give the Patreon a shout out too.

  • why you might recommend young people visit BISH?
  • what does BISH do that other sources of information can’t do/don’t offer?
  • what might make you trust the advice here?

If you can do this could send me a few lines via the contact page that would be extremely awesome.

Research

If you are a researcher who is really keen to research the impacts, and outcomes of this kind of awesome website please get in touch. I know other research has been done about sexual health websites by UCL, and there is the work by Natsal 3 and this project commissioned by UNESCO (in which BISH is mentioned) but it’s all pretty limited. So if you are out there doing a Masters or a PhD and want a sex and relationships advice website to research — contact me via the contact page.

Pay For Your Sex Education

Lastly I’m a freelance sex and relationships educator and trainer. So I still rely on people paying for sex education in real life to help me to keep doing this. I know that a lot of sex educators use the ideas here to help them plan their sessions, or even just use bits of the website in their lessons. I don’t mind you doing that, but remember that what I’m offering here is advice and I don’t think that advice = good sex education. So would you consider buying one or all of the many RSE resource packs I have available at my website for practitioners. If you sign up to the Patreon I might be able to offer some additional printed materials too.

© Justin Hancock, 2021.

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If you like could you please share it with your peoples. BISH is also on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and I’ve just joined TikTok.

Do leave a comment below if you have anything you’d like to add or if you have questions. I moderate all comments before they go live. Click here to ask me a question

Click here to give me feedback about the website

If you’re an adult with cash, please consider supporting my Patreon, just £1 a month would be really helpful. If I get enough Patrons I’ll make some resources for educators too. You could also chip in directly via my PayPal. So if you could help with that I’d be very grateful. You are my only source of funding at the moment.

If you’re over 18 and really into sex ed I have a podcast you might like called Culture Sex Relationships.

If you want to teach about this stuff, don’t just show people a website – that’s kinda boring! Check out my very popular RSE resources at bishtraining.com

Justin Hancock has been a trained sex and relationships educator since 1999. In that time he’s taught and given advice about sex and relationships with thousands of young people in person and millions online. Find out more about Justin here

6 thoughts on “Can You Help BISH?

  1. I love, love, love this site and recommend to all the young people (14 & up) that I work with in schools, it answers all the weird and wonderful questions that young people have and its a good balance to getting all your sex ed from Porn …… keep up the good work!!!

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