Kidscape worked with children and young people to develop and pilot our new RISE transition workshops across Primark stores in England this summer. RISE workshops have been designed to help children prepare for the move up to secondary school by raising confidence and exploring how to face challenges they might encounter.
The three hour workshops took place in Birmingham, Bristol, London and Manchester. On the day, children participated in fun activities and group discussions to develop their skills and understanding of managing change, making friends, standing strong against bullying and managing risk. In a warm supportive environment, the soon-to-be Year 7s grew in confidence.
A total of 28 children attended the workshops with the following outcomes:
95% strongly agreed or agreed that they now felt more confident about moving up to secondary school
100% strongly agreed or agreed that they now feel more confident about making new friends
95% strongly agreed or agreed that they now feel more confident in handling a bullying situation
100% strongly agreed or agreed that they now felt more confident to ask for help
In a few weeks’ time, the children that attended RISE will receive a small boost and a reminder of what they’ve learned. On the day of their workshop, each child filled out a postcard with a positive message to themselves, which will be sent back to them to remind them of the confidence and power within. The children shared with us what they most liked about the workshop, with their feedback and comments helping us to further development the programme.
Expanding in 2019
We’re very grateful to the children who attended and their parents and carers, to Primark for donating venues and to the team and volunteers who facilitated the workshops. We hope to use the learning from the pilot to expand the RISE workshops to many more children and young people in the summer of 2019. To express an interest in RISE workshops for 2019 please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Community Leaders programme is currently open to adults who work with children and young people and have an opportunity to change young lives for the better.