First registered in 1991, Chance for Children Trust has been using the creative arts to support children, young people and families. We have also provided training and supervision to professionals for more than 20 years. You can read about our history here.
Who we are
Anne Hamerton, Chairman
Dilys Griffiths, Secretary
Our team comprises an exceptional group of experienced practitioners, qualified in the following areas:
Anthropology of Childhood
Early Years Music
All members of the team undergo relevant DBS checks and take part in regular supervision and on-going professional development.
Come and join us - we are looking for new trustees
We have vacancies for trustees with experience in finance and in marketing/social media and we would also like to talk to supporters who can help us with fund raising events. For more information see our advert here...
To find out more about our work or ask a question, please contact us by phone or email:
020 8997 5831
Where we work
We are based in West London and work across the London Boroughs of Ealing, Hounslow and Hillingdon. We currently run programmes in seven schools across this area and our individual therapy sessions take place in central Ealing.
First registered in 1991, Chance for Children Trust has been using creative arts to support children, young people and families and providing training and supervision to professionals for more than 20 years.
1980s – Nessie Bayley, a consultant for British Agencies for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) started using the arts to work with children in long-term local authority care
1989 – BAAF published Nessie's In touch with Children training pack, highlighting the work of then social worker Dilys Griffiths
1991 – Dilys, with Nessie's support, founded Chance for Children, a charity to provide resources and training for this new way of working.
1990s – Chance for Children's work broadened to include fostered and adopted children, and began to work more closely with social service departments. Funding received from the National Federation of Music Societies (now Making Music), BT, BBC Children in Need, Wates Foundation, Pilgrim Trust, National Lottery and Patrick Frost Foundation. The Patrick Frost Foundation continued to fund our work with annual unrestricted grants for over ten years.
1994 to 2005 – Partnership with Ensemble Bash a professional percussion group, led to a programme of workshops and concerts, including an appearance by some of the children on BBC's Blue Peter (1995)
2002- Play, Sing and Move began – the pilot took place in Luton and has now been completed in over 40 settings, including more recently in primary school reception classes with a three-year grant from John Lyon's Charity.
2011 - The late Helena Frost donated a considerable fund to enable the charity to develop its programmes in schools.
2015 – The trust's main focus is on two programmes, Play, Sing and Move for young children in community and early years' settings and Theraputic Art Groups for children age 7 to 11. Alongside this, we continue to offer individual sessions in High Schools and to support individual families.
Funding and Finances
Funds are generally raised through grant making trusts and foundations. We acknowledge and thank the John Lyon’s Charity and Church Urban Fund's Near Neighbours for their support. The Patrick Frost Foundation has supported the trust for over ten years with regular unrestricted funding which is invaluable for the times between programmes when project funding is low.
The Trust has received many awards for its innovative programmes, including major funding from Youth Music for the Play Sing and Move programme.
We would like to acknowledge, with deep gratitude, the donation from the late Helena Frost. This, along with a grant from The Red Hill Trust, enabled us to organise our Drawing, Drums and Drama programme for children age 7 to 11 in primary schools.