Mentoring charity addresses nationwide demand

Dominic Wood

Chance UK, the north London mentoring charity mentioned in Chancellor Gordon Brown's speech to the Treasury volunteering conference last month, is rolling out to other UK regions.

The charity has hired Jo Hobbs as its first national development manager to help support and facilitate new mentoring schemes based on the Chance UK model. The role has secured funding for three years from a £56,000 Big Lottery Fund grant.

The expansion comes as Chance UK responds to enquiries from 25 regional organisations in recent years, asking it to launch a mentoring scheme in their community.

"We should be able to set up at least three new franchises this year," said Gracia McGrath, chief executive of Chance UK. "They will be independent charities administered locally, but with a Chance logo and model." The new schemes will focus on crime and drug prevention, and getting young truants into school.

The Home Office conferred Gold Star status on the charity last April.

This branded it one of the eight best-run mentoring schemes in the UK.

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