The ROSE project - empowering people with learning disabilities to be heard and for their voice to genuinely influence work to reduce the risk of sexual exploitation at all levels.
Our Reach Out Stop Exploitation (ROSE) project builds on the work previously done through a partnership project that Reach took part in – the HOPE Project, which aimed to prevent sexual exploitation and was led by the British Institute of Learning Disabilities with funding from the European Social Care Fund. The project enabled ten Reach clients with learning disabilities to train as peer mentors. Following this training they delivered sessions to children, adults with learning disabilities and health care professionals across Nottinghamshire, raising awareness of sexual exploitation and the importance of staying safe whilst on-line.
In June 2019 Reach was awarded a three-year grant from the Samworth Foundation’s Young Voices fund for the ROSE Project., which builds on the learning and skills developed during the Hope project. Samworth awarded the grant to Reach so that the voices of young disabled adults could be represented in their initiative to reduce risk of sexual exploitation. The ROSE project empowers people with learning disabilities to be heard and for their voice to genuinely influence work to reduce the risk of sexual exploitation at all levels.
The original peer mentors have been supported to maintain and increase their skills and new mentors have been recruited and trained. There are now fifteen Reach clients who are mentors and they work together to evaluate, devise and deliver training on positive relationships and staying safe from sexual exploitation. We are delivering training in schools, colleges and organisations within a fifty mile radius of Newark.
Dani Noquet is managing the project for Reach. Bridget Fisher, who led the Hope project, acts as a consultant and assists with project development. There are two project workers Kay Greenwell and Vickie Ward, supporting the mentors to deliver the project.
We will update this page regularly with information about the project – so please come back soon!
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dani Noquet, ROSE Project Manager on 01636 919946.
Rose Project Coordinator
“Hello, my name is Kay and I am proud to be the ROSE Project Coordinator. ROSE stands for Reach Out Stop Exploitation. This innovative project is one of six funded through Samworth Foundation Young Voices. It aims to reduce the risk of sexual exploitation faced by people with learning disabilities and to enable their voices to impact on service development. As part of the three-year project, people with learning disabilities train as mentors who then train young people, staff and family carers about staying safe.
“There are currently 14 volunteer ROSE mentors from across Reach. Completing the team is Dani Noquet, Project Manager and Bridget Fisher, Project Consultant.”
“I joined the ROSE team as a mentor in 2019. Activities that helped me feel part of the team were icebreakers and games. I like that the team decides what happens in the project by having discussions about what will happen next. I am really looking forward to being one of the mentors for the professional training in August, as I feel staff need to hear my voice as part of the stopping sexual exploitation project. My hopes for the future of the ROSE project are to get as many people as possible to know about sexual exploitation. So they know how to spot the dangers and what to do if they get into trouble so they can protect themselves.”
“I really liked the students at St Francis. They were interested in what we were saying. They were willing to learn and got involved in our puzzles and quiz. We helped a new mentor as well so now she can work with us at our schools. I really enjoyed designing the cover logo on the workbook, making it like the flowers and the thorns to protect us.”
“I like being a mentor for the ROSE project as to me it means helping people with disabilities keep themselves safe at all times, online and outside. It helps people be aware of the dangers, change the way they think, how they are online and what to look out for so it can be stopped before it has started.”