The 2nd Chance Group uses the power of sport to repair broken lives and build a stronger future for young people.
We believe that sport is the most effective tool to combat the damage inflicted by Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) such as abuse, neglect or dysfunctional home environments, that are so often passed on from one generation to the next.
Breaking that cycle is at the core of everything we do. We use the power of sport to deliver positive experiences that inspire change in those most in need of a second chance.
Our large portfolio of projects and programmes includes:
The 2nd Chance Project – Uses sport to engage in innovative ways with people in custody, supporting their personal development and desistance from crime.
Coachmakers – Trains sport and health coaches, gym instructors, tutors and mentors to deliver projects that help build a stronger future for young people and have a positive impact on communities.
Pause & Engage – Provides a one-to-one mentoring service for young people at risk of exclusion from school or offending.
The National Alliance of Sport for the Desistance of Crime – Brings together key stakeholders to support the delivery of best practice, policy and strategy nationally and internationally. It also gathers evidence and celebrates success to build a strong case for further investment.
By innovating, inspiring and guiding all those in the sector, we aim to be acknowledged as the leading social enterprise for using the power of sport to bring about positive social outcomes.
Social Impact Statements:
Social Impact Statements
The Social Enterprise Mark criteria includes a requirement that the applicant can demonstrate that social and/or environmental objectives are being achieved.
In support of this, new applicants and renewing Mark holders must submit Social Impact Statements that summarise their headline activities and achievements, helping show how they are striving to make a difference and stand up to scrutiny of purpose as a social enterprise.
Updated February 2017
1) Using the power of sport to reduce re-offending
We use the power of sport to achieve positive behaviour change, improve health and wellbeing, drive engagement in education and training, reduce re-offending, rehabilitate offenders and make communities safer.
- Our Coachmakers programme develops coaches who, by going out and delivering our sport projects, multiply our social impact every year. Of the 49 students who completed in 2015/16, 30 progressed into employment, 13 went into further education and two into higher education.
- Our 2nd Chance Project uses sport to help rehabilitate offenders and reduce re-offending. In 2015/16, we provided intensive support to 209 people and supported 74 post-custody, of which only six have returned to prison.
- Our Pause & Engage specialist mentoring programme steers ‘at-risk’ young people onto the right path using a holistic approach and a unique assessment process to chart progress.
- On a strategic level, our National Alliance of Sport for the Desistance of Crime has brought together the Government and a range of national partners to deliver best practice, influence policy, share learning and celebrate success. As of February 2017, we have just under 200 members.
2) Measures of activity
We measure our impact against our five KPI's:
In 2015/16 we engaged97,182participants in sport and exercise. This is made up of sport sessions, one-to-ones, one-off taster sessions and outreach sessions delivered by our trainee coaches and apprentices.
- Physical and mental wellbeing
In 2015/16 we provided 1,799 health assessments, 957 related workshops and engaged 5,540 participants in a total of 42,029 hours of activity.
- Individual development
We delivered 754 mentoring workshops, engaging 2,145 participants. We also supported 245 mentees over 29,646 hours of mentoring.
- Education and training
We provided 1,092 accredited outcomes and 568 non-accredited outcomes from entry level to Level Three. Over 90% of learners progressed into further education, training or employment. Of those in employment, 100% were still employed six months later.
- Community and social development
We generated 23,375 volunteering hours. Operationally we worked with 228 different organisations and recruited 135 members to the NASDC in its first year.
3) Case study
Marvin first engaged with the 2nd Chance Project in 2013 during a troublesome time at HMP Oakwood, a Category C adult prison. Marvin felt alienated because of his ethnicity, and reacted in a way that meant he was labelled as a ‘bad prisoner’ and a ‘security risk’. This inhibited his progression towards open conditions and accessing a range of courses.
Marvin then met Ty, a 2nd Chance Sports Peer Mentor, who told him about an upcoming rugby academy. Justin Coleman from 2nd Chance supported Marvin’s application. The academy was a place where Marvin could release frustration, gain skills and qualifications, keep fit and play rugby.
“The rugby course was great,” said Marvin. “I got to know a different mix of people. There were 12 ex-soldiers in my team and being black and Muslim, it meant we had never really mixed before. We got along well and worked really well as a team.”
Through the programme, Marvin developed his skills as a sports mentor. After he was transferred to HMP Brixton and HMP Standford, 2nd Chance supported him in securing employment as a mentor working with young people.
In October 2015, Marvin was released on temporary licence where he was a guest speaker for 2nd Chance at the launch of the National Alliance of Sport for the Desistance of Crime. It was Marvin’s first day out in five years, and it helped him immensely in visualising a positive future. He soon started volunteering with Saracens Rugby Club.
Marvin has now started his own programme at a school in south London, mentoring young people identified as ‘at risk’. He is also discussing working alongside partners of the National Alliance of Sport for the Desistance of Crime.
I have also attached a link to our latest annual impact report: https://www.2ndchancegroup.org/blog/check-our-latest-impact-report