Amount Given:

£100,000 over four years (made in 2014)


Children and Young People

Addressing the root causes of low educational attainment and challenging behaviour


Teens and Toddlers

Trupti Patel,

Social Investment Fund Manager, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation


Our relationship with Power2 stretches back over a decade. Power2’s programme, in which teens aged 14-16 are paired as mentors to vulnerable toddlers in a supervised nursery environment programme, is a strong fit to our funding priorities of addressing the root causes of low educational attainment and challenging behaviour. It was therefore a logical next step for us to support Power2 via social investment into two successive Social Impact Bonds. These have enabled the organisation to expand its programme to the North West at minimal financial risk.

Diana Whitmore,

Founder of Power2 and Executive Director of Power2 in Scotland


In addition to being worth millions of pounds to the UK economy, life-skills play an important role in helping young people to realise their talents and make their way in the world. Yet there are many at high risk of leaving school without any qualifications and missing out on the chance to develop these vital capabilities.

In the UK one in seven young people leave school before completing upper secondary education. We want to be a leading force for change for these young people, particularly those who find it hard to do well at school in disadvantaged areas. 

We want to do this by expanding the reach of our flagship programme which gives young people the chance to develop their skills and self-belief by mentoring a toddler whilst working towards a Personal and Social Development qualification. 

Helping young people build the life-skills they need to succeed at school and beyond is at the heart of our work. Esmée Fairbairn and our local partners have played a major role in our expansion. In addition to seeing more than 90% of our young people attain a national qualification, we have seen a 25% growth in the number of beneficiaries who graduated from our programme in our  last audited year. 

I am incredibly proud of what we have achieved with our local partners and the thousands of young people we have reached so far.

A 14 year-old schoolgirl and a graduate of a Power2 programme in Greater Manchester

I heard one of my friends talking about Power2 and one of my teachers said it could really help me and recommended I join the programme. Before I joined I wasn’t going to all my lessons and I was missing classes like English, French and history, the subjects that I didn’t think much of. 

When I went to Power2, I started attending more of my classes and now I’m going to all my lessons and getting on with my work. Doing the programme, learning new skills and spending time mentoring a toddler in a nursery helped me to become more grown-up and confident. Aside from gaining a qualification I now have more empathy for other people and more belief in myself.