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The Duchess of Cambridge meets children and mentors from Chance UK's early intervention programme

27th October 2015

The Duchess of Cambridge was introduced to Chance UK's early intervention child mentoring programme at an event hosted by the charity at Islington Town Hall.

Chance UK is a charity which operates an early intervention programme to change the challenging behaviour of primary school-aged children through intensive individual mentoring and family support.  It seeks to improve children's' lives by introducing greater stability and support, and engendering a sense of self-worth.

The programme works with children aged five to 11 who are at risk of developing anti-social or criminal behaviour, providing weekly one to one mentoring with a trained adult volunteer. These sessions work towards achieving defined goals that are specific to each child's needs, directly addressing the difficulties each child is experiencing.  Over 200 children across six London boroughs benefit from Chance UK's programme each year.

The Duchess gained an overview of the charity's work by meeting a selection of children enrolled on the Chance UK scheme, along with their parents and mentors, before attending a reception to celebrate the work of the charity and meet some of Chance UK's staff and supporters. 

The visit reflects The Duchess of Cambridge's particular interest in early intervention programmes, which provide specialist support to children and families at the earliest opportunity, to prevent the development of more serious problems in the future.



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