ON JUNE 01, 2017, OUTSIDE CHANCE CELEBRATED ITS 19th BIRTHDAY!
OUR SCHOOLS PROJECTS, OUR HM YOI FELTHAM PROJECT, OUR AREA OF OPERATION AND OUR SERVICES
By July 2017, 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, Hillingdon, Hounslow and, thanks to recent funding from The Heathrow Community Fund, Slough and Spelthorne.
OUR ‘IT’S YOUR CHOICE!’ SCHOOLS PROJECT :
In October 2016, we launched the first of three tranches of our 'It's YOUR Choice!' workshops for the 2016-2017 school year in 4 West London boroughs. Our first flyer generated bookings to deliver our workshops to 4,500+ primary and secondary school students at end October 2016. Between September 2016 and the summer close in July 2017, we comfortably predict that we shall have delivered workshops to 7,000+ 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 HM YOI FELTHAM PROJECT - TEMPORARY AND VOLUNTARY WITHDRAWAL
Since October 2016, our project in HM YOI Feltham young offender unit - 'A Career In Crime?' – has been voluntarily and temporarily withdrawn by Outside Chance due to insufficient prison staffing, random wing lockdowns and constant workshop cancellations. When these issues have been resolved within the prison, we have adequate ‘unrestricted’ funding already in place to immediately kick start the project again. Prison staff numbers have been cut back considerably by 30% over the past 3 years, mostly in experienced, long term officers who would, in time, have been expensive to pension, which makes the delivery of our workshops even more challenging with a number of last minute postponements or cancellations due to insufficient escort or supervisory staff. The long awaited 'Transforming Rehabilitation' revolution has not remotely achieved its targets, either in throughput of inmates or in the projected drop in reoffending rates.
OUR FUNDING SUCCESSES CONTINUE .........
In April 2017, we learned that our second grant application in 3 years to The Heathrow Community Fund's 'Communities For Youth' programme for £18,000 over one year had, yet again, been successful, enabling us to develop our 'It's YOUR Choice!' early intervention workshops into two new boroughs - Spelthorne and Slough - and supporting our existing projects in Ealing and Hillingdon.
In March 2017, we received the very welcome news that our fourth consecutive bid to The London Borough of Hounslow for £15,000 had been successful, enabling us to deliver our workshops in our 'home' borough's schools to a minimum of 1,500 students. We are particularly delighted by the council's faith in our work since the borough is facing massive central government funding cuts in the 2017-2018 financial year. As with our previous three Hounslow Council grants, we aim to breach our projected outputs in the 2017-2018 school year.
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.
In July 2016, we were delighted to receive £1,000 from The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust towards our anti reoffending workshops in HM YOI Feltham. This is our second grant from this funder over our 19-year history.
OUR ACHIEVEMENTS :
On June 01, 2017, Outside Chance will celebrate its 19th year in existence. In that time, 10,400+ juvenile and young adult offenders and over 145,000+ 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 : June 2017