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CHILDREN: OUR ULTIMATE INVESTMENT (UK)
Activities profile
Overview
The Charity's principal objectives are as follows:
To
foster and support the education, health, opportunity and development of
children and young people.
Location & beneficiaries
Services
Review of activities
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Glossary
To
meet these objectives the Charity continues to promote, initiate, develop and
carry out education and training and arrange and provide assistance at lectures,
seminars and classes for children and young people. Its primary activity is the
Teens & Toddlers project and the Teens & Toddlers Sustainability Replication
Programme.
Charity category
Education/Training
Economic/Community development/Employment
Location & beneficiaries Area of benefit GREATER LONDON Beneficiary group Children/Young people General
Location & beneficiaries
Area of benefit
GREATER LONDON
Beneficiary group
Children/Young people
General public/Mankind
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Services
Provides human resources
Provides services
Provides advocacy/advice/information
Sponsors or undertakes research
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Review of activities for period ending 28 February 2009
Review of activities from trustees' annual report for period ending 28 February 2009
Progress and Key Achievements this Year
COUI UK continued to maintain growth and positive impact throughout the year. There has been strategic work
done to ensure the long term sustainability of the Charity. These achievements have provided for the future stability
of COUI UK.
CC
Works Charity Consultancy
COUI commissioned CC Works consultancy for a six month period of intensive fundraising and to research grant
giving bodies and corporate who would be aligned with our mission. A database of funders has been developed.
We
are especially grateful for this expert support to make the next stage in our development.
Partnership with the Impetus Trust
COUI UK was successful in achieving a partnership with the Impetus Trust. The Impetus applies a venture
philanthropy model combining strategic funding and expertise to charities that have a significant impact on the lives
of economically disadvantaged people. After six months of due diligence, a partnership was agreed in February 09.

We are grateful to have the opportunity of support from Impetus to evolve from being a small charity (?1 million per year) to a medium sized one (?3-4 million).

National Development Manager Funded for three years by the DCSF, our National Development Manager has been in post for nine months and is proving to be a great asset at COUI. Her background is local authority where she previously held senior positions. Her first six months were spent consolidating the organisation and improving the governance of the COUI UK Board. She is now developing a strategy of expansion, to shift us from opportunistic growth to strategic growth.

DCSF Evaluation Intensive Implementation of Teens and Toddlers Pilot February 09 saw the start of the DCSF commission Intensive Implementation Evaluation of Teens and Toddlers. The DCSF commissioned NatCen (National Centre for Social Research) and LSHTM (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) to carry out an 18 month (Three terms of Teens & Toddlers) evaluation with a Randomised Control Trial, tracking both Teens and Toddlers, young people and a control comparison group. If successful the DCSF may invest substantially in Teens and Toddlers as one of the few programmes in England that approaches teenage pregnancy prevention from a youth development perspective, raising aspiration, self esteem and educational attainment. The last Retrospective Tracking study of Teens and Toddlers graduates (08) showed that 91% of Teens and Toddlers graduates were still in education, employment or training. The DCSF is investing ?300,000 in this evaluation which will reach 225 at risk young people with Teens & Toddlers.

COUI is currently delivering Programmes to 14 local authorities. We have worked with 1500 young people in a total of 19 local authorities, thus meeting the targets for 2009 in our business plan.

In all of COUI UK's Programmes there are approximately 150 Teens & Toddlers Facilitators, 38 of them being In House Staff Senior Facilitators. The Facilitator Training is accredited (by ABC, who is recognised by the National Youth Agency) as a Diploma in Youth Work Level 3 and continues to be successful. With the Teens & Toddlers project, for the National Award in Interpersonal Skills, we continue to have 100% Pass Rate.

Education Officer With funding from the Paul Hamlyn Trust, to further our work with the Youth Panel of Teens & Toddlers graduates who advised us, an education officer was appointed. COUI was invited to submit a proposal to the Sainsbury's Family Trusts to develop new programme for Teens and Toddlers graduates and support them to maintain the positive changes they begin to make through Teens & Toddlers. This programme will enable disadvantaged young people to promote quality personal and social health education (PSHE) in schools, become leaders in their community for those interested in making a difference and for some to become involved in COUI's long term management and development. It has always been the vision of COUI to support the vulnerable at risk young people along a continuum of their development, starting with Teens & Toddlers, continuing to support their positive steps forward. through to young adulthood, culminating in young leaders support and training.

Research Three years funding from the Esmee Fairburn foundation which enabled COUI UK to have a full time Research Officer has proven to be successful with the Research Officer continuing to evaluate the efficiency of the Teens & Toddlers project.

Grants COUI UK is grateful to have received grants from: Esmee Fairnbairn Foundation, ARK, City Bridge Trust, DCSF, Freemasons Grand Charity Trust, Dulverton Trust, Jack Petchey Foundation and Department of Health.

It has been a successful year for COUI UK and one of rapid expansion, supported by the Business Plan and continued core funding from the ARK Foundation through additional fundraising, raising the national profile of COUI UK and through diversifying our programmes. Annual research and evaluation continues to demonstrate that Teens & Toddlers has a positive impact with the vulnerable and at risk young people served by our programmes.

 

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