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.

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.

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ShackletonSolo

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.

Jacqueline Williamson Receives Grant 14th January 2016

Jacqueline Williamson

JacquelineJacqueline Williamson is the Founder and Chief Executive of Kinship Care Northern Ireland – an award winning charity which supports children who cannot be cared for by their own parents to live safely and securely within their own families and communities.

The organisation has achieved considerable success building the confidence and resilience of some of the most disadvantaged children and young people – working with around 340 children and young people each year.

Jacqueline has a special interest in supporting children without parental care having grown up in the care system.  The Shackleton Leadership Award is supporting Jacqueline to set up a “School of Confidence” so she can extend the reach of her work to include children who haven’t had the easiest start to their lives in other parts of Northern Ireland.

Stacy Bradley Receives Grant 8th January 2016

Stacy Bradley

Stacy BradleyThe Smile Organisation is a social enterprise founded by Stacy Bradley. Stacy is a Prince’s Trust National success story who has overcome substantial barriers to transform her life and lives of hundreds of other young people.

The Smile Organisation works with unemployed 16-30 year olds across Norfolk to improve their employability skills, increase motivation and assist in securing relevant training and job opportunities.

Smile has an emphasis, yet is not limited to, supporting offenders, ex-offenders and those at risk of (re) offending and delivers a service to offenders in custody pending their upcoming release. Smile understands that sustained employment is a key to leading a crime-free life.

The Shackleton Leadership Award will enable The Smile Organisation to launch an Employers Campaign to raise awareness of social enterprise, Corporate Social Responsibility and to inspire employers to give young people work experience, jobs and training. The Award will also allow for a funding pot to be available, enabling young people to access emergency financial support which would otherwise jeopardise their chances of securing work.

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.