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 project
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
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.
or call 020 7324 4184.