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Celebration of Big Lottery-funded Realising Ambition programme

31 July 2017   (0 Comments)
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Ambition were delighted to accept an invitation from Catch22 to celebrate the achievements of the Big Lottery funded Realising Ambition programme and to mark the programme’s closure. The Parliamentary Reception hosted in The Churchill Room, House of Commons, on 5th July, sponsored by Rushanara Ali MP, brought together a range of partners who had been part of this successful programme. It was a great opportunity to share stories and explore the range of work that the programme has supported.


This UK-wide programme received £25 million over five years to replicate 25 outstanding and evidence-based services. Each delivery organisation has engaged in a programme which has been focussed on delivery and learning. Supported by our members, Ambition used the Lions Quest Skills for Adolescence programme which saw almost 1,000 young people benefit from this resilience-based intervention.


As well as hearing from Rushanara Ali MP, Dawn Austwick, CEO, The Big Lottery Fund and Chris Wright, CEO, Catch22 we had the opportunity to hear directly from the young people who have benefitted from the programme. Personal experiences and a dance performance from the young people brought the programme to life.

Realising Ambition has been managed by Catch22 as part of a consortium which includes Dartington Social Research Unit, Substance and the Young Foundation. The event gave the opportunity to hear about this unique replication programme, its impact and important learning about replication of evidence-based programmes.


As a result of the learning throughout the programme a range of materials have been made available to enhance further work, including The Confidence Framework, designed to help service delivery organisations identify areas of strength and areas for improvement within both the service they deliver and the organisation itself.

Programme insights and case studies as well as all other publications produced over the last five years can be found on the Realising Ambition website.


Ambition were grateful for the opportunity to be part of this five-year programme and contribute to its overall success. The professional approach and full commitment from our members involved in the Realising Ambition Programme ensured we achieved over and above our target we are extremely proud of their work and value their contribution to the programme. We will continue to use the data and impact evidence to support further delivery of this Skills for Adolescence programme.