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Outside Chance is now CLOSED.  After more than 21 years of delivering award-winning workshops in London primary and secondary schools, youth and community groups and in young offender units across the South East, it was decided at our 2018 Annual General Meeting that, following our Founder/CEO's retirement in October 2019, the charity would close, still solvent and with our services in demand.  To the 175,000+ young people and 10,400+ juvenile and young offenders who have passed through out workshops since June 1998 to an overall average of 99% positive feedback, we hope that we made an impact on your future well being and personal confidence.  It was a pleasure to meet you all.  Thank you.  

Outside Chance, a Company Limited By Guarantee and a Registered Charity, was formed on June 01, 1998 by Ian Ross, its Chief Executive and the late Martyn Pope-Gilbert, its former Company Secretary and became a registered charity on November 30, 1998.  

We originally delivered anti reoffending workshops in HMPs Brixton, Wandsworth and Wormwood Scrubs before developing our programme into young offender units and Greater London secondary schools and, more recently, primary schools and youth venues where we continue to operate today.
In 21 years, we have  :
  • delivered our anti reoffending workshops to 10,400+ male juvenile and young adult inmates in HM YOIs Feltham, Aylesbury, Chelmsford, Reading, Rochester, Norwich, Warren Hill and Huntercombe 
  • delivered our early intervention workshops to 175,000+ students and young people in Greater London primary and secondary schools, youth and community groups with the aim of deterring them from engaging in anti social activities and petty crime in general and of making them aware of the dangers and consequences of engaging in unprotected sex and the subsequent risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases and infections 
  • developed an all-girls workshop module to address the growing problems of low self esteem, gang membership and alcohol-related violence in some female students 
  • developed a sexually transmitted infections and relationships awareness workshop which can be delivered to all boys, all girls or mixed groups of students 
  • raised over £2 million in income 
  • achieved 'Investors In People' accreditation at our first attempt in 2007 and have subsequently maintained the standard from December 2015  
  • reached the last 6 finalists in The Guardian Charity of the Year Award 2013 at our first attempt, the smallest UK charity to do so in that year
  • achieved a 'Commended' status in the 2016 Hounslow Business Awards Charity of the Year at our first attempt 
  • been especially commended for four consecutive years by our auditors for the 'standard of financial controls observed which warranted particular merit' 
  • developed active partnerships with a wide range of penal support agencies, local authority youth workers, the Met Police's Safer Neighbourhood Teams and local and London-wide youth agencies 
Last update  :  July 2020