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.

Aisling Kirwan Receives Grant 12th April 2016

Aisling Kirwan

AislingThe Grub Club was founded by Aisling Kirwan. The programme combines Aisling’s love of cooking with her eagerness to see every child succeed. As a teacher, Aisling experienced the significant and immediate effect that bad diets have on students’ ability to succeed, particularly those from low-income backgrounds. Further research confirmed that fulfilling a child’s basic nutritional requirements significantly impacts on their ability to be healthy and reach their full potential.

The Grub Club provides low-income families with the tools required to be nutritionally healthy through free weekly after-school cooking lessons run by trained professionals. Participants enhance their knowledge and skills required to make informed nutritional decisions in order to improve their brain function and achieve their optimum potential. Community is at the core of The Grub Club with students working alongside their parents/carers to produce affordable nutritious meals within a familiar school setting to support students to be successful.


Sonia Shaljean Receives Grant 11th April 2016

Sonia Shaljean

Sonia ShaljeanSonia Shaljean is the Founder of Lads Need Dads C.I.C. LADS NEED DADS provides male-led group mentoring, bush-craft survival and life-skill training to boys age 11-15 who have been identified as at risk of exclusion, offending, under achieving or dropping out of school and who crucially, have absent fathers or limited access to a supportive male role model.

Sonia set up Lads Need Dads to address the ever-growing social issue of the absent father and its impact on young males.   Having worked for over twenty years in the fields of offending behaviour, alcohol and drugs, homelessness, anger management and complex families, Sonia found, not only were the majority of the service users’ she encountered, male, but many also shared a common factor; either an absent or abusive father.  Sonia felt compelled to set up a project that addressed this issue in order to prevent another generation of boys growing into the clients she had worked with, and hence Lads Need Dads was birthed in 2015.

Lads Need Dads 12-month Equip and Engage Programme currently piloting in Clacton-On-Sea, Essex, aims to equip and empower boys to become motivated, responsible, capable, resilient and emotionally competent. The Shackleton grant will be used to help fund the delivery of Engage. Engage is a fortnightly, support and life-skill training group, for boys who have completed the 6-month Equip school-based programme. It provides the opportunity for boys to access on-going support and be taught vocational life-skills with the opportunity to put this training into practice by volunteering in the community alongside their peers and mentors.

Sonia is a Lloyds 2015/16 Social Entrepreneur, is married with three sons and is passionate about prevention work.