News & media

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

ECHO Project, Chance UK’s RCT

November 2014

Chance UK’s Randomised Controlled Trial is now well underway. We are all extremely pleased with how it’s going. To get scientific and find out more, check out our listing on the RCT register and read all the details of the study:

Waltham Forest’s Local Hero

November 2014

Chance UK’s Kevin Morrish is November’s Local Hero in Waltham Forest’s E List Magazine. Read about Kevin’s work with Chance UK in Waltham Forest, his passion for working with children and how to become a mentor at Chance UK. You’ll also get some good local music tips and see the man himself looking handsome posing with a tree.

To read the full article, follow this link to the November issue (Kevin is on page 27):

Kevin Local Hero Article

From London to Mongolia in a Skoda

July 2014

Early Sunday morning on the 20th July it was finally time for Henry, Will and Ash to embark on their adventure to drive 10,000 miles through 24 countries in the Mongol Rally, and as if this hadn’t been challenge enough… it’s in an old, squeaky 1.2 litre Skoda called Lexi, which already needed the exhaust patching up at the start line in Battersea Park.

Lexi1Last photo opportunity at the start line

The boys from North London who have known each other back from their school and university days are doing a fantastic job fundraising for Chance UK with their adventure expected to last 5 weeks – unless the car decides it needs more time! Check out their route and progress and follow this crazy journey.

Lexi2Lexi with a cooler problem fixed in time for 40°C Mongolian desert

Finance Rocks – Chance UK rocks with Credite Agricole

Finance Rocks
June 2014

Finance Rocks is a charity battle of the bands between finance sector firms and the fantastic band Triggerfish, starring bassist Eric Busnel from Credite Agricole. Chance UK has been nominated as their charity for the second year running. On 11th June Triggerfish battled it out against the other three finalists at the 100 Club in London and won the Finance Rocks competition raising £2,000 for Chance UK. It was featured in City AM.

Project Oracle

Project Oracle – Chance UK prepares for the next evidence standard

June 2014

Chance UK continue to strive for the highest level of evidence of children’s outcomes, therefore Chance UK is amongst the first organisations to currently prepare for standard level three of Project Oracle. Project Oracle is funded by the Greater London Authority (GLA), the Mayor’s Office for Police and Crime (MOPAC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and aim to align project evaluations with their five standards of evidence for children and youth services. Standard level three shows that a service has undertaken evaluation that draws a consistent link between the project and the change in outcomes, indicating that the project has caused the observed changes. The Randomised Control Trial being conducted by Chance UK will provide the comparison group data required for standard level three. Chance UK also submitted an entrance for Project Oracle’s Evidence Competition in regards to outlining the process to reach standard level three; the results will be announced at Project Oracle’s Evidence Competition Award Ceremony on 23rd September 2014.

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!