RUFF DIAMONDZ’ is a ‘respect ‘ based 1:1 mentoring program for LADS / young males to RAISE positive self-worth & aspirations (aged 13 plus / no upper age limit)
This service is an innovative resource that takes ‘lads’ on an individual journey, being a collaboration of education, youth culture, coaching/mentoring & inspirational experiences, whilst unpacking identified need & uncovering individual skills, talent & potential.
Life-coaching is delivered by experienced practitioners who have a range of expertise in youth work, mentoring, coaching and lifestyle management. Sessions take place 1-1 with a male worker with an enhanced DBS check in a suitable venue. Coaching and mentoring DO NOT take place in the home environment.
RUFF DIAMONDZ also contains a ‘Creative Expression’ elements where participants will get the opportunity to express themselves through customizing clothing /trainers / lyrical creativity (rapping /MC-ing etc.).
The bespoke program works on character as well as ‘strategies 4 life’. It focuses on the ‘inner self’ as well as the visual world around them, taking an innovative journey facilitating the participants’ physical, intellectual, emotional & spiritual development. At the core is a belief that every individual has potential, has the power to change, is incredibly unique & CAN make a positive contribution to society.
The program is designed & created with ‘disaffected’ lads in mind within an educational establishment, youth program/ project or hostel/ supported housing/ NEET & young offenders– who may exhibit negative lifestyle choices, values & attitudes, present themselves with challenging behaviour, have minimal engagement & attendance within an educational setting, participate in criminal activity or are identified as ‘at risk’ from exploitation in a variety of arenas. Please note we are not an alternative education provider.
Ruff Diamondz also works with & signposts to other agencies in providing an innovative bespoke program for lads/ young men from 13-25 years.
REFERRALS..WE LIKE TO CALL ‘INTRODUCTIONS’!
1:1 Ruff Diamondz Program – If a young person is under the age of 16 then a significant adult (over 18) must SIGN a permission form for any ‘out of school’ activity along with a media permission form PRIOR to the program. RUFF DIAMONDZ does not generally undertake home visits, however on occasion where necessary & unavoidable RUFF DIAMONDZ does undertake picking up & dropping off young people to & from various locations.
‘Introductions’ can be made by individual organisations / professionals / parents or carers.
Life coaching is a process used to promote independent thinking and encourages the young person to explore solutions to managing their own difficulties in life. In view of this, individuals must fully engage with the process and be willing to make positive changes in their life.
Life coaching is not a counseling service and a full assessment of suitability will be determined based on referral details and discussion with the young person.
If it is deemed at any stage that the individual requires specific therapeutic intervention Ruff & Ruby will signpost to other relevant agencies and support services as appropriate.
IF A YOUNG PERSON IS ALREADY ENGAGING WITH OR AWAITING AN APPOINTMENT WITH A THERAPEUTIC INTERVENTION (MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE / COUNCILLOR / PSYCHOLOGIST ) THEY CAN’T ACCESS THE LIFE COACHING SERVICE TILL THEY HAVE COMPLETED THAT SPECIFIC INTERVENTION.
If the young person does not attend the coaching sessions or life lift experience on two consecutive occasions (except for circumstances such as validated illness or bereavement) then the team will discuss with you their suitability to continue accessing the service.
To Introduce a young person to the RUFF DIAMONDZ program please download and complete the form below.