Chance For Change designs and delivers youth programmes in the UK, Malawi and Nepal.
UK Rites of Passage programme supports young people who are struggling to move on from homeless services, to develop the skills and confidence they need become independent young adults.
Through journeying, adventure and volunteering, in some of the UK's wildest landscapes young people learn and practice the skills they need to successfully live independently. Life skills such as budgeting, travel and cooking, alongside personal development skills such as team work, building positive relationships and managing stress and set-backs.
“There is no doubt that completers of the programme are very different people to those who started. These young adults are confident, competent and independent and have positive stories to tell”.
Paul Hamlyn Foundation, 2015 Externally Funded Evaluation
Alternative to Custody is a new project offering young people and children an alternative to custodial sentences in prison, where they face overcrowding and inhumane conditions.
We have opened a new reformatory centre offering young men and boys rehabilitation and training to start their own businesses. Here they learn bricklaying, bicycle and motorbike repairs, so they have a better chance at a new start in life when they finish their sentence. We also work within prisons offering rehabilitation and reintegration back into communities. Many boys leaving prisons have no where to go. We help them find their families and overcome any stigma or challenges they face when returning home.
Rites of Passage works with young Malawians in townships in Lilongwe, where youth unemployment is extremely high and young people are at risk of becoming involved in crime. The programme builds towards each participant becoming an inspiring leader in their community, as advocates, ambassadors or entrepreneurs.
We deliver innovative personal development programme, informal education to local school children, take part in youth advocacy activities and contribute to the local economy through enterprise development. Exciting new projects have emerged from young participants, for example Rocket Wood a sustainable firewood project.
Since 2012, 1000 participants have completed the Rites of Passage programme and engaged with more than 8000 young people.
In Nepal we support young men and women to become leaders, entrepreneurs and social mobilisers in their communities.
Young people are trained to go into schools and raise awareness of important social issues such as; caste discrimination, child marriage, dowry systems, violence against women and alcohol abuse and build support locally to find solutions. Young people are encouraged to become active citizens. For example at one recent event 336 students vowed not to stay as silent bystanders but to take action against the social problems, such as caste discrimination against the Dalit community (untouchables).
Women and young people are trained and given support to access to resources to start their own businesses, so they can support their own and their families livelihood.
After the earthquake our Field motivators have been busy helping the most remote villages, which lack the access and political influence, to gain vital access to aid, water and agricultural programmes.