Raising Your Game

Raising Your Game members at work

Raising Your Game has been developed in direct response to what young people told Mencap about their dreams and the problems they encounter achieving them.

Raising Your Game is a Mencap project for young people aged between 14 and 25, with a learning disability or communication difficulty, who have been in trouble with the police or are at risk of getting into trouble.

The project was developed in direct response to what young people told Mencap about their dreams and aspirations, and the problems they encounter achieving them.

Young people with a learning disability or communication difficulty are at a higher risk of offending because they are not getting the right support in life. Raising Your Game is working with these young people to support them to get their voices heard by big organisations, especially those within the Criminal Justice System, to ensure services provided for them truly consider their needs.

We want all young people with a learning disability to be able to access the support they need in all walks of life. Whether it’s after an offence has been committed, or by supporting them to avoid committing a crime in the first place, we are working with these young people to help them make more positive life choices for the future.

The young people involved in the project are given the opportunity to grow in confidence and develop new skills, and to speak up and speak out about the issues that matter to them the most.

Growing up in council estates, you haven't got the chance, because of the sort  of people you know ... You just fall in with what's going on ... Doing Raising Your Game I'll be working with young people who come from troubled places, [who have] been in trouble with the police, that kind of stuff, the sort of background I'm from. Harley

Working in partnership

I CAN is a children's communication charity. They work to ensure no child is left out or left behind because of a difficulty speaking or understanding. Visit the I CAN website.

Nacro works with the most disadvantaged people, offenders and those at risk of offending, to help them find positive alternatives to crime and to achieve their full potential in our society. Visit the Nacro website.

The young people taking part in Raising Your Game, along with Mencap, I CAN and Nacro, would like to thank the Big Lottery Fund for supporting this initiative.

Harley's story

Harley is 22. He has dyspraxia, a communication difficulty. He has been in trouble with the police, but is now a member of Raising Your Game in East Kent.

Saundra's story

Saundra is employed through Raising Your Game as a learning disability consultant.

Getting ready for court

A new film about preparing for court, aimed at young people with a learning disability or communication difficulty has been launched by Raising Your Game.