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. The HOPE project aimed to prevent exploitation and was led in England by the British Institute of Learning Disabilities with funding from the European Social Care Fund. The project enabled ten individuals with learning disabilities to train as peer mentors. Following this training they then 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.

We are delighted to announce that Reach have been awarded a three-year grant from the Samworth Foundation’s Young Voices fund for the ROSE Project. Samworth awarded the grant as they wanted the voices of young disabled adults to be represented in their initiative to reduce risk of sexual exploitation. Their wonderful grant will help us build on from the achievements of the HOPE project which ended in June 2019. The ROSE project is all about participation, 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.

The original peer mentors will support each other to gain the skills they need so that they can then train and support new peer mentors.

We are so pleased that Bridget Fisher, the HOPE project manager is working with the peer mentors and Reach staff on the ROSE project too, sharing her extensive skills, contacts, knowledge and expertise with us.

We will update this page regularly with information about the project – so please come back soon!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Dani Noquet, ROSE Project Manager on 01636 919946.

For more information view the ROSE January newsletter here.