News & media

Here is a selection of our latest news and press releases. Please direct any press enquiries to Geethika Jayatilaka at

Early Intervention “Transforming Children’s Lives, Saving Money”

November 2015

Chance UK is working with Slaughter and May and Macquarie Group to promote early intervention within the business community. At a breakfast meeting on Thursday 26th November, we will be discussing how we can work together to transform children’s lives whilst saving money in the longer term.

If you would like to know more about the complex issues children and their families face, and Chance UK’s specialist early intervention mentoring programme then please do come along. If you think this event would be of interest to others, then do feel free to circulate.

Contact for more details.

Click here to view the invitation:
Early Intervention,Transforming Children’s Lives, Saving Money

Click here to view the agenda:
Agenda 26 November



The Duchess of Cambridge visits Chance UK

October 2015

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On October 27th, we were delighted to welcome the Duchess of Cambridge to Chance UK, hosted at Islington Town Hall. The Duchess of Cambridge has a particular interest in early intervention programmes, which provide specialist support to children and families at the earliest opportunity, to prevent the development of more serious problems in the future.

During this engagement, The Duchess gained an overview of our work by meeting a selection of children enrolled on the Chance UK programme, along with their parents and mentors. Her Royal Highness also attended a reception celebrating the work of the charity and met some of Chance UK’s staff and supporters.

One of the guests at the reception was Kessington Ladipo. He completed the Chance UK programme when he was 11 and now, at 21, is studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Goldsmiths, University of London, while on a sabbatical from HM Treasury. Kessington told Her Royal Highness “Chance UK has had an enormous impact on my life, they helped me build a strong foundation, they invested time and because of that I have been able to come this far and I plan on taking my life even further.”

Find out more about Kessington in The Telegraph:

Chance UK’s Chief Executive, Gracia McGrath OBE, said: “Chance UK was delighted to introduce the Duchess of Cambridge to its work and it is wonderful to have such a high-profile and committed supporter of early intervention.”

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The Duchess of Cambridge to meet Chance UK children and mentors

October 2015

We are delighted to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge will be meeting Chance UK’s children and mentors at an event hosted by Chance UK on 27th October 2015.  We are excited that The Duchess of Cambridge has a particular interest in early intervention and we look forward to her visit.

Please see the official press release below:


The Duchess of Cambridge to meet children and mentors
from Chance UK’s early intervention programme

Islington Town Hall, London

Tuesday 27 October

The Duchess of Cambridge will gain an introduction to Chance UK’s early intervention child mentoring programme at an event hosted by the charity at Islington Town Hall on Tuesday 27 October.

Chance UK is a charity which operates an early intervention programme to change the challenging behaviour of primary school-aged children through intensive individual mentoring and family support. It seeks to improve children’s’ lives by introducing greater stability and support, and engendering a sense of self-worth.

The programme works with children aged five to 11 who are at risk of developing anti-social or criminal behaviour, providing weekly one to one mentoring with a trained adult volunteer. These sessions work towards achieving defined goals that are specific to each child’s needs, directly addressing the difficulties each child is experiencing. Over 200 children across six London boroughs benefit from Chance UK’s programme each year.

During this engagement, The Duchess will gain an overview of the charity’s work by meeting a selection of children enrolled on the Chance UK scheme, along with their parents and mentors. Her Royal Highness will then attend a reception celebrating the work of the charity and meet some of Chance UK’s staff and supporters.

This engagement reflects The Duchess of Cambridge’s particular interest in early intervention programmes, which provide specialist support to children and families at the earliest opportunity, to prevent the development of more serious problems in the future.

Social Media: @kensingtonroyal / instragram Kensington Royal / @chanceuk

NSPCC and Chance UK conference

October 2015

Chance UK & NSPCC Early Intervention and Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse conference 3rd November 2015:

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED. Chance UK and NSPCC are currently looking for an alternative date in 2016.

Silent Auction To Raise Funds for Chance UK Launches!

October 2015

Ryecroft Glenton, one of the North East’s leading firms of accountants and business advisers, is supporting Chance UK’s ambitions to establish a new service in the North East.

The Newcastle-based firm is holding an online silent auction, which launched on 12 October 2015 for Chance UK’s National Development Programme. Funding for this work will help Chance UK to establish new social franchises throughout the UK including a programme in partnership with an established children’s organisation in the North East. The auction will close on Friday 23 October 2015.

There are fantastic auction lots to bid for; which include:

  • Two tickets for Julien Macdonald’s Autumn Winter 2016 Catwalk Show, as part of London Fashion Week
  • Two VIP tickets for Britain’s Got Talent semi-finals
  • Pair of boxing gloves signed by Amir Khan,
  • A Scotland Jersey signed by Sir Chris Hoy
  • A Chelsea FC football signed by the team
  • Clay pigeon shooting tuition for 4
    and many more………..

To view the lots please visit

The auction has now opened and bids can be made until it closes at 5pm on Friday, 23 October. Bids can be made by emailing Carl Swansbury at or Sara Farrey at

Carl Swansbury, Partner at Ryecroft Glenton, said:
“The help Chance UK gives to children and their families is truly life changing and will really benefit our region. I’d encourage businesses and individuals from across the North East who can support us with auction lots and, of course, in October, with some generous bids, to come forward.”

Gracia McGrath, Chief Executive of Chance UK, said:
“There is a high level of need for our services in the North East which is why we have targeted the region. We are confident that, through a social franchise in the North East, we can deliver positive outcomes for children in the region. We are very grateful to Carl, Sara and the team at Ryecroft Glenton for the support they are offering and we hope that the silent auction is a success.”

Leap into mentoring

July 2015

In July 2015 Chance UK launched a social media campaign to raise awareness of our work with children and to recruit mentors. We are asking people to take pictures of themselves leaping in interesting locations around the world and post them to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Linked In with #ChanceUKLeap.

We often have pictures of children and mentors leaping for joy at their Graduation ceremony. Mentoring symbolises taking a leap, for all of us. For the children that get involved in the programme it’s a big leap; they are meeting a complete stranger at first and putting their faith in them. They also leap into making changes in their lives. It’s also a leap for the parents who trust and allow us to help them make changes.

And becoming a mentor is to take a leap. Becoming a mentor is a new experience and mentors learn a lot of new skills and help bring about positive change (for the child, and often themselves).

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Alice started mentoring for Chance UK in 2014. Alice said she decided to become a mentor because she has “always enjoyed being around kids and thought that in London it’s a bit easy to get caught up in the daily 9-5 so was keen to take on something with a bit more to it and something where I had the excuse to be a big kid!”

Alice’s favourite moment was seeing her child ride a bike for the first time and said that “the smile on her face was incredible”. Alice says that she learnt a lot from mentoring “apart from the obvious organisational and time management skills I learnt a lot from my child. I was inspired by her bravery and joy for life, her perseverance with things she found difficult was something I have tried to adopt myself and I’ve learnt to maintain humour in everything that I do!”

Over the next few months Chance UK is hoping people will support the cause and take pictures of themselves, their friends and colleagues jumping into the air and posting them online alongside #ChanceUKLeap.

The goal is to bring in as many new mentors as possible as well as raising the profile of the organisation, which is still in the process of growing and branching out into other areas of the UK.

So please join in and support our campaign. Simply follow the instructions below and start leaping.

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You can read more about why the campaign is so important on the Politics Home website: