Our aim is to support and create opportunities for young people, giving them the crucial chance to have a stable enjoyable education, to overcome disadvantage and improve their life chances.
The charity was set up in 1997, founded by Captain Kandiah Chandran – then chief executive of Presentation Housing Association, which at the time was the UK’s largest black-led association.
Our core focus throughout this period has been to tackle the educational and
employment challenges faced by young people from inner-city communities
Our remit is to ensure that children with a difficult start in life do not miss out on the benefits of a good education and are able to compete for the training and employment opportunities, helping them achieve their true potential.
The charity is constantly evolving - delivering a range of projects. In primary schools, we run breakfast and homework clubs and for the older pupils, we offer a mentoring support scheme. In addition to this, we have consistently run homework clubs for the children of housing association tenants.
We recognise that parents also play an important role in a child's education. In identifying this we work with the parents, delivering tailored educational projects aimed at improving basic numeracy and literacy so they can provide effective support for their children.
Following a major review of its activities, the Chandran Foundation has developed a new educational offer which aims to raise attainment levels for five to eleven-year-olds, many of whom, because of difficult family circumstances, may be falling behind their peers.
The GetSmarter Club is an after-school initiative which is offered, free of charge, to headteachers and parents. To ensure we can give the best support and identify the children who would benefit the most from our programme of targeted support, we work with a panel of carefully-selected tutors and the schools. A typical group would comprise up to ten children, led by two tutors. during the sessions, the children would get involved in activities in English and Maths.
We have just launched a new programme of GetConfident clubs. These clubs are aimed at improving the engagement and communication abilities of the children we support. While raising educational performance can do much to improve young people’s chances of success many continue to be held back by under-developed communication and leadership skills. With this in mind, GetConfident clubs will give support and workshops in building confidence, through public speaking and debating coaching.
The Chandran Foundation believes passionately that all young people deserve the same chance of success – whatever their family circumstances. The best pupils in the best schools will always combine educational achievement with brimming self-confidence. This is our ambition for the young people we seek to help.
Our GetSmart clubs are currently offered in Wandsworth, Lambeth and Ealing primary schools. We are currently working with Hammersmith & Fulham council, with a view to rolling out our GetSmart clubs. There are many more schools in South and West London in which young people would benefit from these clubs. Our goal is to expand our work to these schools, seeking funding support from sponsors to make this possible.
We have recently launched our new programme of GetConfident clubs for young people at primary school age. These clubs offer public speaking and debating coaching to children who struggle to speak up in class. These too will present a new and exciting sponsorship opportunity for individuals and organisations who share our commitment to ensuring all young people get the best possible start in life.