On Wednesday 5th July 2017, we saw the closing of the 5-year £25m Big Lottery Fund programme, Realising Ambition, which supported the replication of evidence-based and promising interventions designed to improve outcomes for children and young people and prevent them from entering the youth justice system.
A Parliamentary reception in the House of Commons, hosted by Rushanara Ali MP, celebrated the achievements of the 22 Realising Ambition organisations who have helped over 160,000 young people fulfil their potential and avoid pathways to crime.
The event also launched the programme’s legacy resource, The Confidence Framework, an online tool designed to help service providers, commissioners and funders determine the relative strengths and development needs of services and the organisations that provide them.
Finally, it released the tenth and penultimate Programme Insight: An Ambition Realised? which summarizes the programme’s key learnings from the project.
The event included guest speakers Rushanara Ali MP, Dawn Austwick, Big Lottery Fund’s Chief Executive, and Chris Wright, Catch22’s Chief Executive. It also saw the achievements of some of the young people engaged by the Realising Ambition services.
You can read highlights from the event here.