What we’ve been up to

Chance UK had much to celebrate in 2015/16. The Duchess of Cambridge visited us as part of her work around early intervention and children’s mental health, our work on our most rigorous ever evaluation, a Randomised Controlled Trial funded by the Big Lottery passed the half way mark and preparations for our 21st birthday in May 2016 began.

Making the news

Our press releases and background information helps tell the story of Chance UK today.

With our increased focus on social media we’re able to publicise our work through free channels including online blogs, facebook and twitter, reaching over 5,000 followers.

Take a look at our News & media section for our recent press releases.

Please direct any press enquiries to Gracia McGrath OBE at ceo@chanceuk.com

Common questions journalists or researchers have about Chance UK

What exactly does Chance UK do?

Chance UK is an early intervention organisation that aims to prevent crime and anti-social behaviour by providing mentors to children with behavioural difficulties. Our mentors meet with a child for two to four hours, once a week, for a year. They do activities together such as sports, visiting museums, exploring new interests, art projects, anything that will enthuse and engage the child.

The mentor will use solution-focused techniques to build the child’s self-esteem, so that their confidence, education and family life all change for the better. Not only does this change the child’s life and their prospects, but their parent/carer, teacher, siblings and classmates also benefit from the positive changes the child makes. Our experienced and highly qualified Programme Managers work closely with all the professionals involved in the child’s life to ensure a holistic approach to each case.

When was it founded and by whom?

Chance UK was set up by a policeman working in Islington in 1995. He worked with young offenders and noticed that many of the children he encountered went on to be early entrants to the youth justice system. He wondered if there were better influences for the children. He started to believe that children, with role models who nurtured their best qualities and believed in them, could be steered away from a life of criminal and anti-social behaviour.

Is there research that validates the programme?

Please see the section Our impact for all the research that has been conducted as well as our currently running Randomised Control Trial (ECHO).