Chance UK was started in Islington in 1995 by a local policeman. He noticed the teenagers he was arresting had initially come to police attention for their behaviour when they were children.
The idea of intervening earlier with a positive and practical role model began. Within two years, we were also working with Hackney children. Our programme evolved in these neighbouring boroughs for over a decade before spreading further. Our main office base remains in Finsbury Park.
Today Chance UK continues to be a central early intervention organisation in Islington, with the addition in 2011 of our Girls Programme pilot spanning both Islington and Hackney.