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.”


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A big THANK YOU to three of our long-term partners – Esmee Fairbairn, CVC and Garfield Weston - who have generously offered multi-year funding to support our determination to help over 4000 disadvantaged young people a year by 2018/19.


  • Esmee-Fairbairn-Foundation-LogoEsmee Fairbairn Foundation has confirmed a generous grant of over £387,000 over three years towards the core costs of three management posts tasked with delivering our expansion plans. Underpinning core costs is important because it allows the charity to lower the cost of our programmes and reach more young people. Esmee is also a crucial investor in our DWP Social Impact Bond programme in the North West and, since 2005, the Foundation has invested over £1million in the charity.  Derek Bardowell, Grants Manager, says: “Teens and Toddlers is a transformative and experiential programme that enables 'at risk' young people to experience a multi-layered set of relationships - from  intensive adult counselling and peer group interaction to the responsibility of bonding with a toddler - that are all designed to give teenagers a new experience of themselves and the world around them. It is a practical and clever programme.” 



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  • CVC Capital Partners, one of the world’s leading private equity and investment advisory firms, are also funding the core costs of our expansion with a £100,000 grant over two years. CVC also generously support Teens and Toddlers by providing mentors and through a key member of their investment portfolio, Merlin Entertainments, who have hosted events at Madame Tussauds and SeaLIFE, and provided work training for our young people.

Judy Marsden, Director of Philanthropy, said: “CVC are delighted to support a great organisation like Teens and Toddlers. Having met the young people who have been through the programme, we can see how much they have benefitted from it and are really optimistic that they will use what they have learned to lead happy and productive lives.”




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  • And last but not least….thank you to Garfield Weston for their generous donation of £300,000 over 3 years towards the expansion of our North West Regional Hub. The North West is a key strategic focus for our Teens and Toddlers programme because this area has the highest proportion of 16-24 year olds who are NEET and also has the highest child poverty and teenage pregnancy rates in the country. Through our North West Hub we are now delivering projects across Tameside, Salford, Sefton, Blackpool, Wigan, Manchester, Halton, Oldham, Stockport, Liverpool, Rochdale and Leeds. Our 3 year growth strategy for the North West is to reach a total of 2183 young people (291 projects) by February 2017 and this award, is helping us to reach this goal

Our Director of Research, Kirsty Humphrey, and Research Officer, Linda Hornyak, attended the Project Oracle Ceremony earlier this week, after entering an evaluation competition with the charity's evidence to date - focusing on our recent toddler impact study and a proposal for future evaluation and the Theory of Change Model. We were delighted to win the best completed evaluation and best submitted evaluation plan awards, plus £4,000 for the charity!

We have therefore received validation for our research at standard 3 - an accolade only held by three other charities. A project that is validated at Standard 3 has demonstrated, through rigorous evaluation (with the use of controls), that it is having a demonstrable effect on one or more of its most important outcomes. The rigour of the evaluations demonstrates that the project could be run again with the same group and same conditions, and get the same results. Furthermore, a Standard 3 project has procedures in place to increase the likelihood of the project being implemented in the future in ways faithful to its design.

Project Oracle is London’s first children and youth evidence hub, funded by the Greater London Authority (GLA), the Mayor’s Office for Police and Crime (MOPAC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Project Oracle is improving the chances for children and young people in the capital by promoting quality evidence of what works, supporting services to improve the delivery of youth programmes and informing the funding process.

For more information about our awards and the other winners, please go to:

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Many thanks to the staff from Merlin, CVC, Thorpe Park and Chessington for the careers session they ran at Thorpe Park earlier this week for our young people - and for the delicious lunch and free tickets to the park in the afternoon! All in all a great day.

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