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Respect Inspire Support Empower (RISE)

St John Ambulance has always recognised the need for all young people to understand the importance of first aid. This is especially important in areas that have recently seen a dramatic increase in youth-related knife crime such as inner-city areas. St John Ambulance's RISE project, in partnership with local organisations, aims to support these young people.

The RISE projectYoung person practising CPR

The increase in knife crime in these areas has destroyed families, torn communities apart, and held back the aspirations of a generation. St John Ambulance recognises that one part of a workable solution to this is to engage directly with young people most at risk of violent crime.

Workshops for young people

The RISE project will provide workshops for young people to learn relevant first aid and conflict management skills. These skills will enable them to better defuse dangerous situations. It will also provide them with the first aid knowledge and skills to deal with worst-case scenarios where a knife has been used.

Participants will also have the option to complete all the workshops on offer to help build their CV, and they will be provided with advice on how these skills can support their future career.

Pilot project

The RISE project is currently under development. It will be piloted in areas where there has been a high volume of knife incidents. We aim to have the final version rolled out in mid-2020 to other areas identified as being in need and with high levels of youth violence. Please check back soon for the latest details.

Find out more

If you’d like to find out more about our RISE project, please get in touch with our Community Development team. Email community.engagement@sja.org.uk or call 020 7324 4184.