Luke Rodgers Receives Grant 27th November 2015

Luke Rodgers

Luke RodgersFoster Focus is the triple award winning social enterprise that creates youth participation strategies for children’s services. Our mission is to provide young people who have experienced care a platform to share their experiences, views and voices about how children’s services can be shaped and work better to improve the life chances of children in care and those leaving care. We value young peoples opinions and wishes and empower young people to achieve beyond their expectations.

The Shackleton Leadership Award will be used to create a number of inspirational videos that highlight and raise awareness around the subject of care leavers and children in care. The vision is to create media that is aimed at raising aspirations through sharing stories of successful care leavers, providing children who have experienced care a real life example of achievement and role models that they can aspire to. I believe through showing these young people that they can go beyond the stereotypes and statistics, it will inspire and motivate them to take control of their own lives and they too can achieve anything they set out to do.

Rich Grahame Receives Grant 9th November 2015

Rich Grahame

rich-grahameRich is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive of Settle – a social enterprise that supports vulnerable young people moving into their first home. The transition from homelessness to independence is precarious.  If it doesn’t go smoothly, the impact on a young person’s life can be disastrous.  Eviction is now the leading cause of homelessness in the UK as young people are leaving hostels to find themselves unable to manage their money, health and home.  Without anyone to turn to for help, a small issue can quickly snowball and have dire consequences.

Settle was started by Rich Grahame and Katie Slee in 2014 after working in homeless hostels and seeing the problem firsthand.  Settle intervenes at this crucial juncture in a young person’s life by equipping them with the practical skills they need to live independently.

After a successful pilot in March  2015, the Shackleton Leadership Award will enable Rich and Katie to refine and deliver the programme to 65 vulnerable young people across three London boroughs in 2015-16.  This will lay the foundations of a sustainable organisation that can grow to reach more young people who are making the difficult transition to living on their own.

Robin Chu Receives Grant 6th July 2015

 

Robin Chu

Robin Chu photo resizedRobin Chu is the Founder of CoachBright, which helps disadvantaged children win places at top universities through performance coaching.

Currently, still too many pupils from low-income communities fail to fulfil their academic potential and make the leap from school to university.  Robin and his brother being the first in his family to go on to university knows the unique benefits a university education can bring in terms of increased job prospects, opportunities and cultural capital.

CoachBright matches a current pupil with a professionally trained university student or graduate coach. Through a self-directed, values driven, coaching approach they help pupils improve their grades, confidence and daily expectations so they can become independent and resilient learners.  Their vision is that each pupil, regardless of background, can fulfil their potential and lead the lives they want.

Robin is going to put the Shackleton Leadership Award towards funding three school-based programmes so CoachBright can successfully coach 60 school pupils helping refine and finesse the programme so they can impact on many more pupils in future years to come.

Sarah Wallbank Receives Grant 30th June 2015

Sarah Wallbank

Sarah Wallbank resizedYes Futures is an education charity run by Sarah Wallbank.  As a qualified teacher with over ten years’ experience in youth engagement, Sarah is passionate about the power of extra-curricular activities in boosting the confidence, resilience and life skills of young people.

The Yes Futures Programme is designed to empower young people to achieve new successes in a range of unfamiliar environments, developing their skills and ultimately increasing their access to fulfilling future lives.  We work with disadvantaged young people, who have been identified by their schools or youth groups.  Our fully-trained Yes Futures Coaches support and motivate our participants through a developmental journey of immersive, challenging experiences and integrated Career Coaching.

After a successful pilot in 2014, the Shackleton Leadership Award is enabling Sarah to work full time on the official launch of Yes Futures Programmes and develop a strong team to support its delivery.

Jayne Hardy Receives Grant 3rd March 2015

Jayne Hardy

Jayne Hardy picJayne Hardy is the Founder of The Blurt Foundation. Blurt is dedicated to helping those affected by depression and passionately believes that mental health is just as important as physical health.

Blurt raises awareness, provides tools and knowledge to help proactive recovery and challenge the stigma that prevents people reaching out for help.  Blurt also works closely with medical practitioners, employers, schools and companies to help them understand depression, what it means and how they can support those affected by it.

Jayne has been named by Marketing Magazine as one of the UK’s Top 100 Digital Mavericks 2015, and was the winner of the TalkTalk Digital Hero Award in 2012.  She has also been shortlisted in the Mind Mark Hansen Digital Media Category in 2013 and in the Mum And Working Most Inspiring Business Parent Category in 2015.  Jayne has been recognised as a pioneer in overcoming obstacles to use the power of the Internet to bring about social change.

Jayne is going to use the Shackleton Foundation funding towards the costs of re-launching Blurt’s Email Support Scheme which aims to successfully match 2,500 people affected by depression, to an online mentor within the next 12 months.