Rise Programme

Rise is a new initiative designed to support young people and adults who have completed their formal education but still require support in developing themselves, to enable them to reach their full potential.

The programme will be on offer to young people and adults who no longer require an Education, Health and Care plan (EHCP) but are still in receipt of health and/or social care funding, or private funding, and will be offered at each of Ruskin Mill Trust’s provisions.

The candidates for ‘Rise’ will not attend college and the programme will be bespoke in content and cost focusing on practical living skills based on the social health care programme. It will be centred on continued development of skills for living and work and will provide opportunities, where appropriate and applicable, for candidates to undertake vocational and work qualifications, which will enable them to seek employment and/or training.

The programme will not be based on craft- work, however may involve working on the farm, in social enterprises, working from a social environment, such as team homes, going into the community and working on the land. Rise will follow the ethos, values and pedagogy of Ruskin Mill Trust’s method but will not be an educational offer and as stated above will allow the candidates to develop skills for living and work.

Rise can be residential or day, dependent on the individual’s needs and whilst it can be seen as linear progression for students who were previously in schools or colleges, it does not need to follow this path and can be fluid and flexible as explained in the diagram below.

The ‘Rise’ social care programme will enable services users the opportunity to move away from education, offering a programme of living skills driven from their residential provision. Service users will be given opportunities to volunteer on the Farm or in Horticulture, participate in community activities such as shopping, accessing the gym, etc., gaining work experience and vocational opportunities – creating a life after education.

An example weekly structure (all students would have an individualised structure – suited to their needs):




MondayLiving skills

Washing of clothes
Shopping for the week
Organising weekly budget
Residential house
TuesdayFarm / Horticulture VolunteeringRuskin Mill Trust site
WednesdayWork experience / vocational qualifications / volunteering Community work experience
ThursdayCommunity activities

Community groups
Gym / sports clubs
FridayFarm / Horticulture VolunteeringRuskin Mill Trust site


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