For the third year running, top chefs and chocolatiers joined Chocs for Chance to make Valentine’s Day a little bit more special to help young people who are not in education or employment.  The participants created beautiful, one-of-a-kind chocolate boxes that were entered into a ten day auction on eBay. There was also an opportunity for supporters to enter our raffle for a chance of winning exclusive chocolates designed by Fred Sirieix, and one of four other gourmet chocolate boxes created for the campaign. We sold 42 delicious boxes of chocolates and 5 were won in the raffle.

Chocs 2017 helped us raise nearly £7,000 for Galvin’s Chance. We were able to place four more young people on the Galvin’s Chance into-work programme. Young people like Aaron, who joined Galvin’s Chance last year. After successfully completing the training, Aaron is now working at Park Plaza in the meetings and events team.

Aaron says about his experience with Galvin’s Chance: “I was involved with the wrong crowd and I knew something had to change, because if I continued on the same path it would not end well. Galvin’s Chance helped me secure a job and become confident with new skills. It made me turn my life around and realise there’s more to life than what I was doing before. I would definitely recommend other young people in my situation to join the programme, because you are provided with full support. You’ll feel like a new person during the programme, as there are lots of new skills you can learn. If you put your mind to it and work hard, you can secure a full time job.”