Stand up and be counted

November 2013

In a new article on the Central Lobby website MP David Burrowes has stated that now that, 18 years since being set up, like all 18 year olds Chance UK is “standing up and looking to be counted as an adult!”

This comes following the launch of the new Pro Bono Economics report on Chance UK and the official announcement that they are one of two charities already accepted onto the Big Lottery Fund’s Randomised Control Trial, starting in 2014.

Speaking at the launch event at the Houses of Commons:

“Ever since its inception 18 years ago, Chance UK has been keen to ensure our work makes a real difference in the lives of the children we work with and so has always welcomed evaluation by independent organisations.

“The more evidence we gather, the more we will learn how to make our service even better and so benefit even more children.”

Gracia MacGrath OBE, CEO of Chance UK

Click here to read the article on the Central Lobby website.


Stand up and be counted

Double Celebrations

On 26th November, Chance UK took over the Jubilee Room at the House of Commons for the launch of the report into our work by Pro Bono Economics (PBE) and the official announcement of our new Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT), to begin in 2014.

Guests included Andy Haldane, Executive Director for Financial Stability at the Bank of England and one of PBE’s two founders, along with PBE Director Sue Holloway. We were also joined by Dawn Austwick, the new CEO for The Big Lottery Fund, and David Burrowes, MP, who did a great job of hosting the event.

The PBE report shows that the benefits of the Chance UK mentoring programme would equal the costs if only 1 in 42 children mentored show improvement! You can download the full report, executive summary and one-page overview here.

The RCT, funded by The Big Lottery, will look to provide further evidence that the Chance UK model of mentoring is successful. As one of only two charities nationally to have been selected to participate in the RCT so far, Chance UK is very proud to be taking part!

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