Three charities are set to receive a share of £375,000 to roll out prevention programmes across London, following calls to prevent violence affecting young people by providing more support for children at risk of school exclusion.
Photograph credit: Chance UK

Chance UK, High Trees Community Development Trust and Skyway Charity are the three London charities to receive funding from the Berkeley Foundation’s Skills for Positive Futures funding programme.

Working in Southwark, Lambeth and Hackney respectively, the charities will deliver social, educational and emotional support to more than 160 young people at risk of exclusion.

Photograph credit: SkyWay Charity

A 2019 report on serious youth violence from the Home Affairs Committee found a link between school exclusion and knife crime, calling for more support for those children most at risk.

Skills for Positive Futures provides charities with support and funding over a three-year partnership so that they can work with children aged 8-14 in an effort to keep them in mainstream education. 

Photograph credit: High Trees Community Development Trust

Grace English, Co-CEO of High Trees Community Development Trust said:

“High Trees are delighted to be a recipient of a Berkeley Foundation grant to support our YOUthCOACH programme. The funding will allow us to expand our coaching programme which supports 11-14 years olds who are risk of exclusion, reaching many more young people to help them develop life skills and resilience.”

Sally Dickinson, Head of Berkeley Foundation said:

“Early-years mentoring and support has a tremendous impact on young people. It improves lives and strengthens our communities.

“Tackling violence affecting young people is a significant social challenge, and we look forward to working together with these fantastic charities to really make an impact in London.”

For more information about the Skills for Positive Futures funding programme, visit