It’s been a while since we’ve had an update on here, but that doesn’t mean that there hasn’t been lots going on in the background! Over the last few months in particular, Team RAiISE have been working hard on some huge new things for RAiISE.
If you’ve made it to this blog post, you’ll be seeing our brand new website. We’re super excited to have this space to host all our upcoming work, to share the stories of young people with invisible illnesses and what’s important to our community. If you’re new here, take a look around and get to know us!
From the beginning of RAiISE, one of our primary aims identified by the young people we met in our initial meetings, was to create education resources for schools. These resources were designed to help teachers and other school staff better support young people with invisible illnesses
We’ve been working hard on these packs for several years now. We initially had plans to launch in Spring 2020, but of course the Covid pandemic put big delays on our plans. As schools were thrown into such uncertainty, it wasn’t the right time to launch the packs. Our focus became amplifying the voices of our community, when young people with invisible illnesses were being widely ignored.
At the end of last year, we were finally able to revisit our long-awaited resources and we’re excited to announce that we will be launching the RAiISE School Pack on Saturday 18th March at Liverpool Central Library.
The School Pack was designed to be a practical guide offering tips and support for teachers, to help them better understand how they can support young people with invisible illnesses in their schools. The Pack is made up of many elements. Not only does it include a guide, talking the reader through lots of strategies they can implement in their schools; it also includes practical elements in hopes that the Pack is used, rather than simply read once and put to one side. These include Health Passports, Exits Cards and more. Ultimately we wanted to make a resource which would have ongoing, practical benefits in the classroom and beyond.
Everything about the packs has been created in collaboration with our young people. They have led the key themes of the pack and chosen the products that have gone into it. They’ve also provided invaluable case studies, giving us real experiences, both good and bad, that schools can learn from. Every tip, idea or strategy has come from real life experiences.