Alexandra Sayers Receives Grant 10th July 2017

Alexandra Sayers

Alex SayersAlex is the Co-Founder of Storeys, a social enterprise running creative arts projects for children in care, care leavers and excluded students. Partnering with Local Authorities and educational intervention services, Storeys work with ten young people at a time, exploring how spoken word, visual art, craft and drama can be used to promote emotional wellbeing and stability. The group build up to a final exhibition to showcase the pieces that they have produced.

Having previously worked in theatre production and then a Pupil Referral Unit for children expelled from school, Alex saw first hand the transformative effects that the arts can have, at the same time as their often limited reach through not accessing the young people who need this the most. Alex set up Storeys with her Co-Founder Elo, who had experience working with care leavers as an employment coach. They design projects that look at key areas of emotional health and wellbeing for their target groups, ensuring that the content reflects what is most needed, what is most underserved in statutory care, and what is most enjoyable for their participants.

Outcomes for children in care, care leavers, and excluded students should be no different to outcomes for any other young people. Alex is passionate about making this a reality, and celebrating the young people she works with as individuals brimming with creativity, resilience, and potential.




Wetherby Preparatory School sponsors The Shackleton Foundation

Wetherby Preparatory School have given a cheque for £25,000 to the Shackleton Foundation and have been proud sponsors for the academic year 2016-2017.  The pupils, staff and parents have held a number of fundraising events at the school to include a ‘Great Wetherby Bake Off’, ‘Come Dine with Us’, ‘Wetherby’s Got Talent’ and the Headmaster’s Summer Ball.

The Shackleton Foundation would like to thank the Wetherby boys for their hard work and enormous effort on our behalf and wish them well on their individual journeys in the future.

Vix Hill-Ryder Receives Grant 22nd May 2017

Vix Hill-Ryder

Vix Hill-RyderVix Hill-Ryder is the Founder and Chief Director of the Family Foraging Kitchen CIC, an award winning social enterprise that provides wild food education through foraging walks, cookery classes and courses in traditional countryside craft.  A percentage of profit made from ticketed walks and courses allow the Family Foraging Kitchen to provide a programme called ‘Free Food Forever’.  This offers wild food and cookery knowledge, for free, to those experiencing local food poverty and malnutrition in the communities in which they work.

Vix firmly believes that all people should have access to wild food education and the confidence to harvest nutritious, sustainable, local, fresh food.  This knowledge begins at home and in our schools where children and young people from low income families find it increasingly challenging to be nourished with fresh produce.  The Shackleton Leadership Award will enable Vix and her team to deliver programmes within local primary and secondary schools, two home school educator groups and for families living in low income areas of SE Cornwall and Devon.  This will provide a valuable tool box for participating young people with the ability to be able to have fresh food, for free, forever.  The Family Foraging Kitchen works to directly inspire children, young people, their families and the wider community in food acquisition, education and empowerment.


Meg Doherty Receives Grant 13th March 2017

Meg Doherty

Meg DohertyMeg is the Founder and Chief Executive of Fat Macy’s, a social enterprise that trains and employs young Londoners living in temporary accommodation in catering.  We provide a pathway towards independent living by inviting our trainees to create and curate culinary pop-up supper clubs event across the capital.

Londoners living in temporary accommodation find it increasingly challenging to save money to move from temporary accommodation and into more permanent homes.  The bureaucratic benefit system, sanctions and the daily expenses of hostel living mean it’s near impossible to work enough to save for a housing deposit.

Fat Macy’s directly intervenes to create a pathway from hostel to home.  The profits from our events are donated to the Fat Macy’s Foundation – a charitable housing deposit fund which grants money to pay for a housing deposit after our volunteers have completed 150 hours of volunteering.  With every pop-up event, every chef makes an independent step towards a more permanent and secure future.

Eve Wagg Receives Grant 1st February 2017


Eve is the Founder and Managing Director of Well Grounded, a speciality Coffee Academy that is changing lives.

Well Grounded tackles youth unemployment through coffee, by linking socially and economically disadvantaged 16-24 year olds with skills they need to access roles as Professional Baristas.  It is based on the belief that all young people have a right to a job, whatever their background.  Young people gain a career but most importantly economic stability, increased confidence and key functional skills.  They are provided with a vital  wrap around services to sustain them in employment supporting them every step of the way.

Well Grounded launched in 2015 and has supported 15 beneficiaries into employment as Speciality Baristas and a further 10 into further education and work placements.  The Shackleton Award will enable Eve to scale the social enterprise this year and support more young people, as well as securing a permanent  Academy space.  Eve is a 2015/2016 Lloyds Social Entrepreneur, an UnLtd Fellow and Alumni of the Centre of Charity Effectiveness.

Martha Wright Receives Grant 5th December 2016

Martha Wright

martha-resizeMartha Wright is the Founding Director of Mindful Music (, an organisation set up to support children in their development of attention, awareness and teamwork skills for greater wellbeing.

While working as a primary school teacher and studying for her Masters in Transformational Leadership, Martha became aware of the way in which particular children’s social wellbeing and academic attainment were being affected by their lack of self-control.  So she developed a drumming and song based series of music sessions to develop skills needed for improved self-control and wellbeing: attention, awareness and teamwork.

After observing and evaluating the positive effects seen in the children who took part in these sessions, Martha has developed the Mindful Music series into a transformative and high quality continued professional development programmes offer for all school staff. Through the programme, teachers, teaching assistants and midday meal supervisors are supported in their use of the Mindful Music tools and practices for improved behaviour and wellbeing for all children.

Josh Babarinde Receives Grant 8th July 2016


Josh Babarinde

Josh Babarinde

Josh is the Founder and Chief Executive of Cracked It, an award-winning social enterprise that trains and employs at risk young people aged 16-24 in smartphone repair.  He established the organisation having worked with disaffected young people in East London, many of whom turned to crime after feeling excluded from the mainstream.

Cracked It’s mission is to provide a positive and credible route away from crime and towards employment.  The organisation does this by harnessing the alluring elements of group offending – the prospect of gaining income, belonging and self-worth – and positively incorporating them into its tech repair training programmes. At the same time as equipping young people with new, exciting and lucrative skills, Cracked It’s programmes support young people to take responsibility, realise their potential, and take their first steps towards the labour market.

Cracked It was designated a global Changemaker by Ashoka; won a Tower Hamlets Community Safety Award, and sits on the Employers Forum for Reducing Reoffending, supplying advice to Ministry of Justice policy makers on youth offending.  The Shackleton Leadership Award will enable Josh and his team to deliver programmes with 72 young people across five London Boroughs, at the same time as professionalising the smartphone repair services that Cracked It graduates are equipped to offer the public.

Henry Worsley MBE 1960 – 2016


HenryShackleton Foundation Trustee 2007 – 2014

Shackleton Foundation Ambassador 2014 – 2016

Henry and I have known each other since 1970 and so it is with deep personal sadness that I must announce his death (Sunday 24 January).

Henry was 71 days into a 1150 mile bid to become the first person to cross Antarctica completely unsupported and unassisted. Setting off in November and having passed the South Pole on 3 January Henry was just a few miles from the finish when he had to call off the expedition on Friday.

Henry was airlifted to hospital in Punta Arenas in Chile with suspected peritonitis.

Henry was helping to raise £100,000 for the Endeavour Fund which is managed by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s charity, the Royal Foundation, which helps injured or wounded veterans. Please help him to achieve his target.

Our thoughts are with his wife Joanna and their two children Alicia and Max.

Bill Shipton

Chairman, Shackleton Foundation

Jasper Kain Receives Grant 15th January 2016

Jasper Kain

Jasper KainJasper Kain founded Football Beyond Borders with a group of friends at the University of London.  Having played for Chelsea and Gillingham youth, he had aspirations like so many other teenagers of becoming a professional footballer.  He was released at the age of 16 but five years later decided to set up the organisation to harness the educational power of the game to transform the lives of young people.

Having previously worked as a film maker and community organiser, he decided to combine his talents and set up FBB Schools programme which works with students in years 5-9 from economically deprived backgrounds who are underachieving, disengaged and misbehaving in the classroom but have a passion for football.  It harnesses the power of the game through a tailored football based literacy curriculum to engage and inspire students, and supports them to improve their attendance, behaviour in class, attitude to learning and aspirations for the future.

An initial pilot project at a school in South London had some notable successes in its first year, with attendance going up from 86% to 95%, an 82% drop in the number of participants on school report and 100% of participants stating that they felt more confident about their futures.  This was reflected in him being shortlisted for the Daily Mirror’s Pride of Britain Awards in 2015.

The Shackleton Leadership Award will enable him to roll the programme out to more schools in London, develop a team to assist with the delivery of the sessions and enhance the football based learning curriculum to ensure a lasting impact.