Within this broad category, Treebeard is investing in early childhood interventions focused on relationships, behaviour and emotional health. We are also investing in education - notably addressing educational inequalities - with a particular interest in reducing school exclusions and improving alternative provision. We are interested in new models of working with vulnerable or at-risk young people to prevent the issue of ‘falling through the gaps’ - we want to invest in the development of models where the young person is placed at the heart of a multi-agency structure, creating joined up support across family, school, welfare, health and social life. We are also interested in where evidence is being used to improve resourcing, and to inform commissioning and local and national policy in this field.

 
 

BIGKID Foundation

Investment Type: Impact Only Investment

BIGKID equips young people at risk of social exclusion and youth violence to take control of their lives, find, develop and act on their own potential. 

They engage with those who many have given up on, seeking to break negative generational cycles. They also encourage our young people to understand their roles in their communities and begin to take steps to becoming key stake holders. Through their ‘Breaking Barriers’ programme, BIGKID is also working to prevent school exclusion for high-risk young people in Lambeth.

“BIGKID Foundation shares our desire to make a difference to the lives of young people in London at-risk of exploitation and getting involved in criminality.”

- Detective Inspector Shaun White, Metropolitan Police

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Chance UK

Investment Type: Impact Only Investment

Chance UK provides early intervention mentoring to children aged 5-12 experiencing behavioural and emotional difficulties.  The children that receive support are at risk of educational exclusion, poor mental health and involvement in the criminal justice system in adolescence and early adult life.  Children receive one-to-one, solution-focused mentoring from volunteer mentors who over a year help them improve their behaviour; develop life skills and confidence that enables them to realise their potential.   


Family Friends

Investment Type: Impact Only Investment

Family Friends is a charity set up in 1993 to support disadvantaged families through befriending and mentoring services. It works with families living in Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith & Fulham and South East Brent. Through respect, encouragement and support, Family Friend's mission is to ‘help families to help themselves’, in order that they can discover their strengths and build on their coping skills.   

The charity offers two schemes: "Parent Befriending" - for parents with a child or children under the age of 16 years; and "Child Mentoring" - For children aged between 5 and 16 years.

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Family links

Investment Type: Impact Only Investment

Family Links: the Centre for Emotional Health works closely with families, schools and communities nationwide to support both children and parents to develop positive emotional health and resilience, with an emphasis on early intervention whenever possible. 

Family Links aims  to empower individuals, families, schools and organisations to prioritise positive mental and emotional health, by delivering innovative, high quality training and programmes. The Nurturing Programme, which underpins all of our work, is designed to provide adults and children with the understanding, skills and ability to lead emotionally healthy lives, build resilience, empathy, self-esteem and support positive relationships.


Hackney pirates

Investment Type: Impact Only Investment

The Hackney Pirates aims to make a transformative impact on the literacy, confidence and perseverance of young people who are both falling behind at school and have fewer advantages in their personal circumstances, so that they can achieve both at school and in the world beyond.

Through offering engaging and high quality after-school learning opportunities, Hackney Pirates works to help young people catch up and develop their skills. 

"It changed my confidence at putting hands up in the class and answering questions...I used to be scared that I'd get lots of things wrong, so I did not put my hand up."

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Leap CC "Care: UnDER OUR ROOF" PILOT

Investment Type: Impact Only Investment

The "Care: under our Roof" pilot works with young people in the care system, and their carers (both in foster care and residential homes). It focuses on helping young people and their carers build positive, supportive relationships which is a key factor in ensuring young people in care thrive.

Due to their experiences, children in care can have a volatile approach to relationships and if they and their carers don’t have the skills to navigate difficult relationships, it leads to placement breakdown, change of social worker and/or change of school. This damages the child’s chances of thriving. 

The pilot utilises bespoke joint training with young people and their carers, providing them with the skills and confidence to manage conflict and build healthy and stable relationships.  


Oarsome chance

Investment Type: Impact Only Investment

Oarsome Chance (OC) brings about change for young people, aged from 9-19 years in the Portsmouth, Gosport and Havant areas who are disengaged from mainstream education and at risk of exclusion and suffering disadvantage. The OC educational programmes offer a combination of vocational skills training (boat building, canvas skills and bike recycling) along with dry and on water rowing activities and provide educational and employability benefits to help them connect to a brighter future.


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Portsmouth sail training trust

Investment Type: Impact Only Investment

Portsmouth Sail Training Trust (PSTT) aims to help break the cycle of social deprivation and unemployment, by raising the aspirations of inner-city young people aged 12-21.

Through varied on water and dry land training programmes, PSTT provides sustained support in the achievement of recognised qualifications that enhance career opportunities, coupled with the development of key life skills that enable its young people to fulfil their potential and achieve brighter futures. 


RIGHT to succeed

Investment Type: Impact Only Investment

Right to Succeed is a charity with a mission to develop, pilot and scale collective solutions to the problems of educational inequality. The charity is piloting an approach to transforming secondary school outcomes in Blackpool and is also piloting an approach to preventing young people from being excluded from mainstream education.

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The difference

Investment Type: Impact Only Investment

The Difference is a two year programme designed to train the next generation of school leaders, upskilled in supporting pupil mental health and reducing exclusion from school. The Difference has been established to improve outcomes for excluded pupils and to reduce exclusion from school.

The Difference is an award winning charity that believes that children who face harmful experiences, mental health challenges and learning difficulties deserve support, not exclusion. The majority of today's prison population were excluded when they were at school. We exist to change this story.


West London Zone

Investment Type: Impact Only Investment

West London Zone (WLZ) is a leading place-based organisation, working in partnership with local charities to deliver the best possible outcomes for children and young people in West London.

Together with schools and children’s centres, WLZ identifies children and young people who may not yet be showing obvious signs of need, but who are not well served by existing provision and are at risk of negative outcomes without early intervention. To prevent the development of more serious issues, each child and their family designs an individually tailored package of support from the WLZ partnership, with the support of a dedicated ‘Link Worker’.

The model is financed by an innovative “Collective Impact Bond”, which pools funding from schools, local government, and private philanthropy, ‘topped-up’ by a central government grant.

"We are determined to invest in young people to give them the best start in life. At a time when funding for councils and schools has never been tighter, West London Zone has created an innovative new model to make the support we provide children go much further" 

- Cllr Stephen Cowan, Leader, LBHF

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