BOOKINGS ARE NOW OPEN FOR THE 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR. AT MARCH 12, 2018, BOOKINGS STOOD AT 5,800+ ACROSS ALL 6 BOROUGHS IN WHICH WE OPERATE. PLEASE BOOK EARLY SINCE, EVERY YEAR, WE HAVE TO TURN AWAY BOOKINGS FROM SCHOOLS DUE TO A LACK OF CAPACITY, PARTICULARLY IN THE RUN UP TO THE 2018 SUMMER BREAK. THIS YEAR, WE LOOK FORWARD TO VISITING SCHOOLS IN SLOUGH AND SPELTHORNE, TWO NEW AREAS OF OPERATION MADE POSSIBLE WITH NEW FUNDING STREAMS.
ON JUNE 01, 2018, OUTSIDE CHANCE WILL CELEBRATE ITS 20th BIRTHDAY!
OUR AREA OF OPERATION AND OUR OUTPUTS :
By July 2018, our 'It's YOUR Choice!' and 'Warts And All!' programmes will have been seen by 145,000+ young people in Greater London primary and secondary schools, youth and community venues since their launch in 2003. We are currently operational in Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham, Hounslow and, since September 2017, thanks to recent funding from The Heathrow Community Fund, Slough and Spelthorne.
OUR ‘IT’S YOUR CHOICE!’ SCHOOLS PROJECT - 2016-2017 :
In July 2017, we delivered our 'It's YOUR Choice!' workshops in the 2016-2017 school year in 7 West London boroughs to 9,068 attendees. Please check into our website for regular updates throughout the year.
OUR ‘WARTS AND ALL!’ STI AND RELATIONSHIPS AWARENESS PROJECT :
Our 'Warts And All!' STI and Relationships Awareness module now represents 1 in 5 of our bookings in secondary schools. The module is not suitable for, or available in, primary schools. We found, in our early delivery of this module, that young people wanted advice and guidance around the fallout from relationships rather than the basic ‘practicalities’ of sexual activity itself. We have noted major issues around low self-esteem and self worth in some young people, more so in girls, where under-age drinking, often leading to unplanned and unprotected sexual activity, is an increasing problem. Many of these issues derive from the media's obsession with body image.
OUR FUNDING SUCCESSES CONTINUE .........
In March 2018, we received a surprising second £500 unrestricted donation in less than a year from The Chesterhill Charitable Trust towards our general running costs. We have never approached this fund or made a grant application to them. From our online research, they appear to select charities which have come to their trustees attention for support.
In March 2018, we were hugely delighted to receive our 7th grant from The Goldsmiths' Company, a £3,000 'unrestricted' contribution towards our general schools' workshop costs.
In February 2018, we learned that The London Borough of Hounslow had awarded our 5th consecutive grant, this time for £15,000 for one year to continue our primary school Year 6 transition workshops and our anti crime, anti gang workshops in secondary schools. We are particularly pleased to receive this support from our 'home' borough, particularly in light of the budget cutbacks which are impacting on all local authorities.
Again in February 2018, we were extremely pleased to learn that The London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham had extended our current 3-year grant for a further 3 years, taking their support of our schools and youth group workshops to 2021, a total of 22 years of consecutive grant funding. With our Hounslow Council grnt, this will enable us to lever in additional funding from grant making trusts, many of whom will supplement but not replace what they view as statutory council obligations.
In April 2017, we were delighted to receive news of what will be 21 years of consecutive support from The Tudor Trust, our first and largest funder, in the form of a £60,000 grant over 3 years. This vital and relatively unrestricted funding enabled us to develop into 2 new geographical areas as well as bolster our then existing 5 projects in West London boroughs.
In April 2017, we also learned that our second grant application in 3 years to The Heathrow Community Fund's 'Communities For Youth' programme for £18,000 over 1 year had, yet again, been successful, enabling us to develop our 'It's YOUR Choice!' erly intervention workshops into two new boroughs - Spelthorne and Slough - whilst supporting our existing projects in Ealing and Hillingdon.
In December 2016, we learned of the success of our 3-year, £20,000 per year grant application to John Lyon's Charity, taking our anti crime, early intervention workshops into Ealing and enabling us to return to Brent, where we had first piloted our project in 2013-2014. Our sincerest thanks to the trustees of John Lyon's Charity and to their grants’ staff who were extremely helpful throughout the application process, attending one of our primary school workshops prior to making their final decision to support our work.
OUR ACHIEVEMENTS :
On June 01, 2017, Outside Chance celebrated its 19th year in existence. In that time, 10,400+ juvenile and young adult offenders and over 140,000+ young people have passed through our workshops in schools, youth and community venues.
2016 REMEMBRANCE DAY AT LAMPTON SCHOOL, HOUNSLOW ......
On November 11, 2016 - Remembrance Day - Outside Chance was delighted to be joined by Ms Maria Pedro DL, Representative Deputy Lieutenant of The London Borough of Hounslow, to attend our 'It's YOUR Choice!' workshop at Lampton School with 236 of their Year 8 students. Ms Pedro's observations from the event follow ..........
'After attending the London Borough of Hounslow’s Armistice Day’s Civic Service, I went to see Outside Chance’s 90-minute workshop on crime prevention at Lampton School. There was no more poignant reminder of the freedoms for which many had died and been injured than to experience Outside Chance’s dynamic and hard-hitting workshop, which will help stop some young people casually giving up this hard fought freedom and drifting into a fruitless life of crime and incarceration. It’s quite an art to hold the attention of so many young people for such a long time. Many congratulations to Ian Ross, Outside Chance's CEO and Presenter, as his skill in this area is clearly outstanding'
SPECIAL RECOGNITION FROM OUR 'HOME' BOROUGH :
On October 13, 2016, Outside Chance was delighted to be placed in the top three finalists in the 'Charity and Social Enterprise of the Year' and to receive a 'Commended' recognition for our work at the Hounslow Business Awards 2016 Gala Dinner, quite an achievement for a small two-person charity and at our first entry into the competition. We look forward to networking with other like-minded organisations across the borough in our quest to reach young people with our anti gang, anti crime and STI and relationships messages.
NATIONAL RECOGNITION :
In September 2013, we received the very welcome new that Outside Chance was one of the 6 finalists from 1,300+ entrants in The Guardian's Charity of the Year 2013 Awards. Whilst, sadly, we did not go on to win, it was hugely encouraging for us to reach the final 6 - the smallest charity to do so in that year - and at our first attempt.
INVESTORS IN PEOPLE ACCREDITATION :
On Friday, December 18, 2015, we undertook - and secured! - our third 'Investors In People' assessment and accreditation. We had previously held the standard from 2007 through to 2014 but allowed our accreditation to lapse due to sheer pressure on funds to deliver more workshops, particularly in primary schools, our main growth area. Thanks to a generous full costs recovery grant from Ealing Community Voluntary Service, we were able to reapply and secured the standard within 3 HOURS of our assessment. Our grateful thanks to ECVS, Investors In People and our trustees, Garth Buckle MBE and Wayne Jones, who assisted in the assessment process.
In January 2016, Ian Ross and Victor Ramalho had their Disclosure and Barring Service Enhanced Certifications renewed. We now update our accreditations with the DBS on a ‘rolling’ online basis.
AND FINALLY ………..
Please watch out for our regular website updates, all of which will keep you informed of our continued progress. You can also check out where we are at any time via our online diary - please see 'Online Diary' - top right hand corner of our Home page.
Last Updated : May 2018