RISE gives young people aged 15+ across Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre, the opportunity to gain essential life skills, develop in confidence, build new friendships and help them integrate into the community. This helps to reduce social isolation and improves quality of life and above all they have fun.
At R.I.S.E we promote inclusion and diversity within the community and aim to challenge and change people’s views of the abilities of young people with disabilities, special educational needs (SEN) and autism. The project also provides parents/carers with vital respite, and the reassurance and hope that their children are being supported to reach their potential.
Pre-COVID-19 we asked our parents how RISE has impacted on their child and one parent’s response was:
“In every way possible. Confidence, self-esteem, relaxed, happiness, a whole sense of acceptance, maturing and gaining some responsibility. Being a valued member of a team, making friends and having something to look forward to. Preparing him for adulthood, the workplace and independence.”
When asked, “Why is this project needed?” Another parent’s response was “There is a big gap for young people, meaning RISE is essential to aid inclusion and help prevent isolation and enable a fulfilling future. My son has loved getting out into the community, meeting new people and doing something which makes him feel worthwhile”.