Teammates Not Inmates
Perform 2 Prevent
Lives Changed at Challenge 4 Change
The Team-mates not Inmates Programme helps young people make the ‘right’ choices so they do not serve a custodial sentence. This is done in a programme, which gives young people information and experiences in a non- threatening and non-patronising way, but also in a way that is real and does not pull any punches.
The programme comes in two forms, which are:
Preventative – a ‘milder’ version which tends to be for the younger age group where the participants have not yet embarked on anti-social behaviour;
Curative – a ‘stronger’ version for those who are older, or who have already participated in behaviour which may potentially lead to a custodial sentence. Because of our extensive experience of working with so many diverse groups, we are able to tailor the programme to meet the needs and objectives of each individual group. We will consult with the group organisers to customise the content and the messaging of your session.
Team – This part uses our ground level teambuilding challenges and explores the positives of working in a team, shows what can be achieved when working as a team and also the fun that can be had when working as part of a team.
Consequences – here we use a lot of role play and our specially built jail and prison cells. This is where we see the biggest change in the participants as honest and open discussions take place with the group and the ex-prison officers, ex-prisoners who we utilise on this programme. The role play is particularly powerful at giving the young people an experience of what a first day in prison could be like and of the potential impact on those closest to them. The Consequences phase is intense and extremely emotionally draining for the staff and participants.
Courage – The final part makes use of our indoor aerial activities. It explores what courage is and also what the brave thing to do is, in a number of circumstances e.g. if three of your mates have stolen a car and ask you to get it in is the brave thing to get in or to say no? Again there is a lot of discussion here, which has been made much easier by the stages the group have already undertaken.
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Kind Words From Happy Customers
What other people thought about the service provided by Challenge 4 Change
The feedback from the young people who have attended the sessions has been very positive on each occasion and has been a subject of discussion during journeys home after the session and also on other sessions over the following weeks. I do feel that the teams not gangs intervention alongside other interventions on the commissioned programmes has contributed to the positive outcomes seen with young people…
Glenn Percival, Team Leader Targeted Youth Support, Bolton Council
We brought a group to teams not gangs last Wednesday. I just wanted to say how good the programme was and how much of an impact the day had on our young people. It was delivered very well with some really strong messages! I have shared our feedback with our colleagues at Catch22 who will attending the programme during the summer! We hope to work with you all again in the near future.
Emma Humphreys, Catch22 Project Coordinator, Prevention and Inclusion Service
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