The silent power
Lammert Ruiter. Certified Pedagogical Employee Youth Care. Rugby fanatic. Trainer of the first and second of CasRC. And trainer and pedagogical employee of Turn-Over. His purpose? As many young people as possible get the support and give them a big boost to help them regain their place in society.
Lammert: 'You become a champion if your board is strong. You can take steps with a solid foundation. The same applies to Turn-Over. The results we achieve are due to our strong organization. The right people in the right place. We can switch quickly, that is really the power of Turn-Over. " Three days a week, participants come to the club where they receive physical and mental training. Two days a week they train under the direction of Lammert. 'I also often attend cognitive training. The combination of physical and mental challenges ensures that something really happens to the boys. In the first month we build up the physical training in particular. The tension of participation and really wanting to change something in life also works on the muscles. Doing things together, learning to trust each other, the physical contact that comes with rugby, the trial and error, it's all getting used to. Our objective is that participants have a work experience place after three months and then keep this job. Aftercare is therefore very important. "
'What does a Turn-Over day look like? Of course, not all days are the same, but I will give an example. Patrick, our driver, picks up the participants. We have breakfast together and then have a group discussion. Then we go into the gym for strength training, followed by the outdoor training. After lunch it's time for the cognitive training and we end the day with a final outdoor training.
Then they continue to the second phase. So the work experience phase. In this phase the group process falls away and they have to manage it themselves. Then new things start playing. Arriving late is not so bad, is it? It is our job to point this out to young people and to involve the employer. That is why our return days are so important. The young people come back one day a week for a training and group discussion. The boys who work a lot don't always save that, so we sometimes visit the young people in their workplace and have a lot of telephone contact. '
The art of being a trainer
'You must stick to the common thread. As far as I'm concerned, that's really the art of being a trainer. The times agreed with each other are sacred to these young people, we do not deviate from that. Even if a participant just doesn't feel like it. The common thread, of course, does not mean that we cannot switch. When the boys no longer take a physical training, there are several alternatives that can be considered in which we do not leave the mental side unused. After the first three months, participants have improved fitness and are open to new ideas. I put my hands in the fire for that. Of course you don't create a completely different person in three months, but our boys definitely get more insight and behave differently. The reintegration and aftercare do the rest. "
'Turn-Over is actually a small business club for youth care. We bring employers, municipalities, the UWV and other bodies together. It provides short lines. If you stand together along the training field, a consultation is done in no time. Employers are also gaining more understanding for this target group and want to do a lot for our young people. It is a win-win situation. "