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The Crime2Climb Initiative

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‘Crime2Climb’ is all about creating opportunities and changing lives. The project is designed to give people an opportunity to achieve a recognised climbing qualification. OnThisROC offers employment to those who successfully complete all aspects of the project. The project is aimed at 17+ year-olds who are not in education, employment or training and who are in, or likely to be in, the criminal justice system. ‘Crime2Climb’ provides an opportunity for personal achievement. It also leaves participants with more confidence, higher self-esteem and transferable life skills including: communication, team work, trust, patience and respect. The scheme has four stages:

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Stage 1

Stage one involves 10 hours of climbing. This will normally happen in five 2-hour sessions. These sessions explore the skills required to be a climber and help participants discover their own gifts and abilities. These sessions may run as a diversionary project or in another form depending on the people taking part in the project. Any agency or individual can recommend someone for the project. OnThisROC would welcome approaches from the police, housing associations, youth offending teams and other organisations who think someone would benefit from taking part. Project participants will sign an agreement to attend the project and maintain appropriate behaviour throughout.

Ryan achieves NICAS Levels 1,2 & 3

Paul achieves NICAS Levels 1-4


Ryan achieves NICAS Levels 1,2 & 3

Josh is the casualty on the
REC First Aid Course


Ryan achieves NICAS Levels 1,2 & 3

Ryan & Josh take part in
REC First Aid


Josh achieves NICAS Levels 1 & 2

Josh achieves NICAS Levels 1 & 2


Ryan achieves NICAS Levels 1,2 & 3

Ryan achieves NICAS Levels 1,2 & 3



Stage Two

This stage involves the participants completing 70 hours of climbing with instruction. Participants will take part in the National Indoor Climbing Achievement Scheme (see The structure of stage two can be tailored to the group taking part. Climbing sessions will be 2 hours long but the number of sessions per week/month is flexible. This level will develop the participant’s skill level to a standard comparable with that of most experienced climbers.

Stage Three

This stage involves the participants completing the Climbing Wall Award (CWA) (4 day course) and a first-aid course (3 days). Successful completion of this stage means they are a qualified climbing instructor. The CWA involves a two-day training course followed by a period in which participants consolidate the skills learnt. The consolidation is 20 hours (10 climbing sessions), followed by a two-day assessment. As part of this stage OTR will help participants with their registration with the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) and Mountain Leader Training England (MLTE). These are both required for CWA instructor training. OTR will also help successful participants with applications for instructor insurance. Participants must be 18 years old when they take their CWA assessment.

Stage Four

OnThisROC would offer participants sessional instruction work and help them find work with other climbing centres.


The costs covered include: centre fees, equipment, instruction, NICAS registration, BMC registration, MLTE registration, first-aid training, CWA training/assessment and participant’s first year’s insurance. The cost (based on a group of six participants) is £2,000.00 per person. This cost will increase to £3,800.00 per person if only two people are taking part (two participants in minimum). The project lasts 148 hours in total. OTR explained the cost of Crime2Climb with a police officer recently and their reply was: “It’s cheaper than putting someone through the criminal justice system or University for that matter!”

Scheme Structure

The project’s structure is flexible and can be put together to suit the needs of a group. The first-aid training and CWA training will have to fit in with the timetable of the agencies providing that training.

Features and benefits of Crime2Climb

  • People are diverted away from criminal activity, which will result in a drop in crime.
  • A reduction in crime, especially anti-social behaviour, will improve community life.
  • People learn skills and values that will help them in life.
  • Participants gain a professional qualification.
  • Participants have opportunities to gain employment.
  • This scheme costs less than a university course or what would be spent taking someone through the criminal justice system.