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Chance UK

Chance UK is an early intervention charity that aims to help primary school aged children overcome negative behaviour patterns through a solution-focused mentoring programme. Our volunteer mentors make a real difference in children’s lives by supporting their development, building their confidence and self esteem and encouraging more positive behaviour. This reduces the chances of these children developing anti-social or criminal behaviour in the future and therefore benefits both the individuals involved and the wider community too!

Committed volunteer mentors are at the heart of Chance UK’s success. As a mentor, after comprehensive training, you will be matched with a child and will spend 2-4 hours each week with them for the duration of one year. Together you will enjoy various activities that could include attending a show, visiting a museum, playing a game of football, making a scrapbook and much more – anything that will enthuse and engage the child!

Ellie Stone, UCLU’s Marketing & Communications Coordinator volunteered as a mentor for us last year - check out her experience at…

Chance UK supports children with behavioural difficulties. We are looking for dedicated volunteers to join our mentoring programme! As a mentor, you’ll commit to the programme for an entire year and will spend 2-4 hours every week with your matched child. You will plan and enjoy engaging activities that increase the child’s confidence, leading to the development of more positive behaviour.

Role Aim: 

To encourage the child to grow in self-confidence, build more positive relationships and overcome behavioural difficulties so that they can imagine a better future.


Plan weekly mentoring sessions. Spend 2-4 hours every week for one year with matched child on mentoring sessions. Submit weekly mentoring session reports. Attend a meeting with a Chance UK programme manager once a month.

Skills needed: 

No specific skills or experiences are required as we offer comprehensive mentor training. We do look for certain personal qualities in our volunteers, such as dedication, commitment, resilience, being fun but firm, a good sense of humour and so on!


We provide comprehensive 3 day mentor training

89-93 Fonthill Road Finsbury Park London N4 3JH
Time commitment: 
1-5 hours per week. At least 12 months.
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Once you’ve registered interest in this volunteering role, we’ll send your name and UCL email address to the organisation for their records. You’ll also receive information about the next steps to take if you do wish to take things forward. The organisation has signed up to our code of standards, which includes a commitment to protecting your data. We won’t share your information with anyone unless you’ve given explicit consent to. We’ll also retain your details so we can follow up to see how you’re getting on with your volunteering and offer support if necessary. We take good care of your data – you can see full details here