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Government commits to Frontline expansion

15 January 2016: posted by BigChange

In a week where there has been much sad news, we thought we would share some good news about one of Big Change’s projects

In the spring of 2013, Big Change was a fledgling charity that had set out to make a mark as a charity angel investor supporting big ideas with the potential to make a real difference to the lives of young people in the UK.

At about the same time, we came across another organisation that were at a similar stage and were taking an equally entrepreneurial approach to driving change. Frontline had a team of three people and a plan to shake up the way that the UK thinks about children’s social work by attracting and training graduates in a way that prepared them better for the challenges that social workers face.

Holly speaks at the Frontline Launch event in 2013.
Holly speaks at the Frontline Launch event in 2013.

Big Change became a founding partner in the organisation and invested £215k into the three-year pilot to help them prove concept and grow. Holly spoke at their launch to announce our involvement and we helped produce their first short film that now has over 35,000 views: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84bE1M6Usz0

Fast forward three years and the government announced yesterday morning that, following the successful pilot, they will be investing further in the programme and rolling out the programme across the UK – a move that will see Frontline train over 1,000 children’s social workers in the next 5 years.

Alex, Isabella, Holly and Phil at the Frontline Launch, 2013.
Alex, Isabella, Holly and Phil at the Frontline Launch, 2013.

This news represents the success of our first major partnership, and we’re proud to have supported them from their initial set-up. From everyone at Big Change, we just wanted to say thank you for your support in helping us, and Frontline, get this far – from fundraising as part of the Virgin STRIVE Challenge in 2014, supporting, and advising – we couldn’t have done any of it without the support of our community.

You can read more on the BBC website here.

If you have any questions about Big Change or the projects that we support, please feel free to get in touch – you can read more in our recently published impact report here.

Thanks from everyone in the Big Change team,

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