What’s next for Raising Your Game?
The first phase of Raising Your Game is ending. From November, phase two will focus on helping offenders or those at risk of offending to turn their lives around.
Raising Your Game aims to help young people with a learning disability or communication difficulty who are at risk of offending to enhance their life chances. It has two phases.
Phase one is now ending. Its aim was to get young people with a learning disability to influence the services they use. It culminated in the development of participation guidelines, which help young people to take part in decision making within these services.
Another key objective was the development of ICAN’s Talk about talk communication difficulty awareness training, for professionals who work with young people with a communication difficulty. It was piloted in East Kent and will be rolled out across the regions from November.
A new phase
November marks the start of phase two. Over three years, it will deliver life coaching for those at risk of offending, in partnership with Nacro.
This course will have five modules, which have been developed with the young people from the first stage of the project. They relate to the things they think are important in their lives and might reduce the risk of them offending.
The course aims to empower participants to take control of their lives, understand the choices they make and recognise the options that are available to them. The five modules are:
- Choosing my life: understanding why young people may become involved in crime and the consequences of this.
- People in my life: understanding who may be involved in a young person’s life, the differing relationships they have and how they can access support.
- My healthy life: linking young people to healthy activities, explaining how drugs and alcohol can affect them and dealing with budgeting.
- Enjoying my life: connecting young people to meaningful leisure activities.
- Building my life: connecting young people to volunteering, work and education, to increase their employability.
Phase two will also see young people delivering I CAN’s Talk about Talk training to organisations within the youth justice system. Plus, it will create a best practice model, based on the young people participating in the project’s partner organisations.