The Chances programme is an evidence-based sport and activity programme.
It embraces influences from the sport, youth work and criminal justice sectors.
The programme has the intention to change, rather than simply manage, young people’s behaviour and lives.
The programme will work with a minimum of 130 young people, aged 8 to 17, each year. The aim is to deliver on the following objectives:
- Increasing participation in physical activity
- Improving school attendance
- Reducing Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) status
- Reducing Offending and Reoffending
Forty of the young people on the programme each year will be referred by Middlesbrough BC, Hartlepool BC, Stockton Council and Redcar & Cleveland Local Authorities.
Cleveland Police Complex Exploitation Team will review all referrals before making an offer of a place.
These young people will receive a targeted intervention. The remaining 100 young people each year will be attracted by more universal provision.
The Chances Programme is a Social Impact Bond, which uses social finance to fund the achievement of social outcomes. Commissioners pay for successful outcomes. This, in turn, is used to repay the social financer.
The Social Investor Big Issue Invest provide the capital for the programme. If the targeted outcomes are met, Big Issue Invest will be reimbursed through a payment by results model.
This is funded jointly by Sport England, Hartlepool Local Authority, Middlesbrough Local Authority, Redcar and Cleveland local Authority, Stockton Local Authority, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, and Life Chances Fund (DCMS) which is used to subsidise the local commissioners. The value of the project’s outcomes is £85,500.
Substance will manage the programme. IMiddlesbrough Football Club Foundation will deliver the programme. The foundation receive £59,750 per year to deliver the project.
The OPCC contribution to the funding will be £10,000 per year. Funding is linked to improving school attendance, reducing youth offending and improving NEET status outcomes.