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The donation is the second grant that we have received from The Freemasons’ Grand Charity as we continue to help thousands of disadvantaged young people to boost their aspirations and educational attainment.

Disadvantaged pupils in areas with high rates of child poverty, teen pregnancy, and a large proportion of young people who are out of education and work, will be the beneficiaries of projects backed by The Freemasons’ Grand Charity’s generous donation. 

Commenting on the grant Laura Chapman, The Charity’s Chief Executive said: “Teens and Toddlers do such a brilliant job supporting vulnerable children. Indeed the work they do is quite revolutionary. Supporting disadvantaged young people is one of our key focuses and I am therefore delighted we have been able to support their work with £25,000”.

Funds will be used to boost the work of Teens and Toddlers facilitators leading programmes reaching just under a thousand young people. Over the next two years the charity will target up to 992 school pupils in socially-deprived neighbourhoods in Bolton, Halton, Leeds, Manchester, Oldham, Salford, Sefton, Tameside and Wigan. Young participants will have the opportunity to work towards acquiring a QCF-accredited qualification in Interpersonal Skills.


Diana Whitmore, Founder of Teens and Toddlers said: “The generosity of The Freemasons Grand Charity has made a remarkable difference to our work in the North West. We are delighted to receive another vital grant that will help us reach many more young people. Our goal is to inspire young people who are disengaged or disadvantaged, and help transform the lives of those most in need of our support. Funding from The Freemason’s Grand Charity will play a crucial part in this”. 



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Teens and Toddlers has secured a three-year Government contract to ramp up youth development programmes in North West England. More than 1,400 pupils in 38 schools are set to benefit from the expansion of our projects in five boroughs across the region.

Our pioneering programme, which empowers young people to succeed at school and work, has been backed by the Youth Engagement Fund managed by the Cabinet Office, the Department for Work and Pensions, and the Ministry of Justice. The funds aim to enhance the skills of disadvantaged 14-17-year-olds and help prevent them becoming NEET (not in education, employment or training).

Financial support for our programme will be delivered via a social impact bond coordinated by the social investment intermediary Social Finance. Funding will be provided by Impetus –The Private Equity Foundation (Impetus-PEF), Bridges Ventures and the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.

The Youth Engagement Fund is the second, major social impact bond secured by Teens and Toddlers in the past three years. In 2012 we were the beneficiaries of a Department for Work and Pensions Innovation Fund contract which supported programmes reaching more than a thousand 14-15-year-olds in North West England.

Commenting on the fund Teens and Toddlers founder Lady Diana Whitmore said: “We look forward to using this vital fund to expand our activities with schools and teenagers in the North West. We work with many at-risk young people at a crucial stage of their lives to help prevent them from dropping out of education, work and life”.

“We do this on a deep level to help young people understand their character strengths and to build resilience, providing them with an experience of their potential and who they can become – regardless of what has occurred in their lives before”.

Jonathan Flory, Director of the social investment intermediary Social Finance, said: “We are delighted to have helped Teens and Toddlers secure their second Social Impact Bond. Teens and Toddlers delivers a very effective intervention which has proven its worth through the DWP Innovation Fund’s Social Impact Bond. This new project, through the Youth Engagement Fund, is an excellent opportunity for them to expand their reach and work with disadvantaged youths in the North West.” 


The Youth Engagement Fund will support Teens and Toddlers drive to tackle pupil wellbeing and attainment challenges in the most socially deprived areas of North West England. We will deliver a structured programme which includes:

  • Helping teenagers enhance their sense of responsibility by acting as role models to toddlers in a safe and supervised nursery environment;
  • Classroom sessions focused on behavioural management, emotional intelligence (including self-management and social skills);
  • Support with individual work plans right through until GCSE’s;
  • Teen participants having the opportunity to acquire an accredited NCFE Entry 3 qualification in Personal and Social Development.

Impetus-PEF's Investment Director Amelia Sussman has worked closely with Teens and Toddlers over the past six years. Since 2009 Impetus-PEF has supported Teens and Toddlers by providing funds, management advice and pro bono services.

Commenting on the partnership Amelia Sussman said: “We are delighted to be return investors in a second social impact bond in which Teens and Toddlers are delivering their distinctive and pioneering programme. Social investment is an important platform for their longer term sustainability and growth and we view the Youth Engagement Fund opportunity as a critical next step.”

Antony Ross, Partner and Head of Social Sector Funds at Bridges Ventures, said: “The success of Teens & Toddlers shows that SIB-funded interventions can deliver better social outcomes for the Government, at lower cost – while also generating positive returns for investors. This is the kind of evidence that can attract more money into social investment, and ultimately improve outcomes across the board. The Government’s decision to re-commission new programmes from Teens & Toddlers is testament to their success – and we believe that by drawing on their past experience, these providers can deliver even better outcomes second time around.”


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LONDON WASPS legend Kenny Logan was a special guest at a high-level networking lunch held in aid of Teens and Toddlers.

The Scottish rugby star joined forces with a top financial expert, and one of our influential trustees, to host the event at Gaucho’s stunning Tower Bridge restaurant.

The prestigious occasion was the brainchild of Teens and Toddlers trustee Keith Westcott, and his friend and business colleague Barry Greening. The long-term associates hope the event supported by Clear Financial Advice Ltd, a monetary advisory firm owned by Barry, will help raise thousands for his London Marathon run for the charity.

Speaking ahead of his upcoming marathon run, Barry said: “It was great to have the support of Kenny Logan and all of the guests who attended this special event. I wanted to run the marathon for a smaller charity, but one that was capable of punching above its weight in regard to what it offers and what it can achieve. 

“Teens and Toddlers programmes make a tangible difference to disadvantaged teenagers in terms of helping them to boost their confidence and their educational achievements.

“The 18-week programme they run is a stroke of genius. I was really impressed by the fact they give teenagers a sense of responsibility and belonging, by engaging them as mentors to children of play school and pre-school age.

“I have a real passion for helping young people to address the modern day challenges they face, especially the pressures they may hinder their wellbeing and education. Teens and Toddlers helps young people to address these issues, and the opportunity to help them really appealed to me”.

Commenting on Barry’s support for Teens and Toddlers, the charity’s trustee Keith said: “I have known Barry for many years and I’m immensely proud to be a part of his fantastic efforts to raise money for Teens and Toddlers.  As a trustee I’ve had the opportunity to see, first-hand, the vital difference the charity has made to many of its young beneficiaries.

“Some are struggling adolescents in need of inspiration and support that could make an enormous difference to their emotional wellbeing and educational attainment. Teens and Toddlers with its unique approach to youth development, is best placed to provide this support”.

A fundraising auction was one of the highlights of the charity lunch at Gaucho, which also included an entertaining Q&A with Mr Logan, who is married to top BBC sport presenter Gabby Logan. Guests were invited to bid for four tickets to see a Take That performance via the restaurant’s private dining suite at London’s O2 Arena. The tickets were generously donated by Gaucho.

In addition to raising money for Barry’s marathon challenge it is hoped the event will help raise more public awareness of Teens and Toddlers’ aim to transform more young lives.

The former Scottish international winger Kenny Logan said: “It is inspiring to see what Teens and Toddlers is doing to help young people to reach their potential”.

Lady Diana Whitmore, Teens and Toddlers award-winning Founder said:  “The generosity of Mr Greening and our other donors makes a huge difference to what we are trying to achieve with Teens and Toddlers.  

“Our goal is to reach young people most in need of our support, particularly those who have led chaotic lives, or faced challenges with low self-esteem, poverty and other issues that could undermine their potential.

It’s a privilege to have our efforts championed at this prestigious event. We hope it will help encourage more people to dig deep and donate via Barry’s Just Giving page”.


For more details on Barry Greening’s London Marathon run and fundraising efforts on behalf of Teens and Toddlers visit https://www.justgiving.com/barry-teensandtoddlers




Dr Joanne Hay, a renowned strategist who led public sector drives to strengthen education policies, has been appointed as our new Chief Executive. Dr Hay comes with an impressive portfolio having served as Delivery Advisor for the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit, Director for Strategy, Commissioning and Performance at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and most recently Head of Strategy at the NSPCC.

She will commence her new role in March, while Lady Diana Whitmore, the charity's influential creator and CEO, will move into a Founding Director position. 

From early Spring, Lady Whitmore will focus on establishing Teens and Toddlers in Scotland, as well as expanding the charity’s reach in England, as part of her new role. Lady Whitmore will lead on building the charity’s capacity and presence on the ground whilst ensuring its core values are sustained.

Dr Hay said of her appointment: “I am thrilled to be joining an organisation that has such an illustrious track record of transforming young peoples’ lives. My ambition is to grow this organisation so that more people can benefit from tremendous work that Teens and Toddlers already does”.

Commenting on Dr Hay’s appointment Lady Whitmore, who founded the charity in 2001, said: “Joanne Hay has been a highly-committed champion of our charity for many years. We are delighted to announce her appointment as our new CEO. Teens and Toddlers has flourished since its inception and successfully reached thousands of the nation’s most disadvantaged young people. Over the next four years we aim to rapidly expand the reach of our programme in England and Scotland. Joanne has built up a wealth of high-level, policy development experience within the Children’s Services sector. We look forward to utilising the exceptional skills she will bring to our organisation.”


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Lady Diana Whitmore, the inspirational founder and CEO of Teens and Toddlers, has won the Children and Young People’s Champion Award at the 2014 CYP Now Awards. Now in their ninth year, these awards recognise those who strive to improve the lives of children, young people and families. Teens and Toddlers were shortlisted for four awards this year: Children and Young People’s Charity of the Year, The Early Intervention Award, Children and Young People’s Champion (Lady Diana Whitmore) and The Children’s Achievement Award (Aisha Aminu).


The adult judges of the award praised Whitmore’s “impressive record”, while the young judges praised her work with Teens and Toddlers. “She’s an amazing person” said one. Diana commented:  “I am delighted and honoured to have won this award, but it isn’t about me. It is instead recognition of the whole Teens and Toddlers team and the amazing young people we serve.”


For more information about our awards and the other winners, please go to: http://www.cypnow.co.uk/cyp/news/1148265/winners-2014-cyp-awards-revealed-celebratory-night