Jaffer’s life is driven by the idea that young people can make a difference when given the opportunity to do so – a difference not only to their own communities and societies but to themselves personally, to their family and to their friends. In January 2014, Jaffer set up his own youth empowerment organisation SLYNCS (Strengthening links between young people, networks, communities and specialists). SLYNCS aims to support young people in developing key life skills whilst at the same tackling hard hitting community issues. This is achieved by creating a forum for young people in Blackburn to deliver social action projects in their local communities.
With the help of the Shackleton Foundation, SLYNCS has managed to develop and improve its youth empowerment programme. The Award will allow for a total of 90 young people working on 18 different community outreach projects within Blackburn. The Award also enables the SLYNCS team to run a plot project on behalf of UpRising, a Cabinet Office-backed national youth leadership development organisation.
Kayleigh Harper is a Co-founder of Without Theatre, and creator of the Reflect programme.Without Theatre aims to provide opportunities for young people who suffer from mental illness to take part in creative workshops where they can build confidence and self-esteem, develop trust and relationships with others and feel safe in a supportive and confidential space that allows them to explore difficult emotions through fun activities.
Without Theatre also offers young people the opportunity to educate, inform and develop society’s understanding of mental health by challenging common misconceptions and stereotypes through the use of theatre. Reflect is an immersive theatre programme that supports young people who suffer with depression. Through a series of drama workshops participants explore the causes and symptoms of depression and society’s impact on mental health. They also learn the central features of immersive theatre practices leading to the creation of a performance based on their stories and experiences.
Without Theatre facilitates engaging and intensive workshops through an innovative bespoke programme. Working with young people aged 16 – 30, Reflect increases sense of individual efficacy, self-esteem and enjoyment, boosts self-confidence and develops new skills. The programme also offers progression routes through volunteering and signposting to similar opportunities.
Sammy Odoi is the founder of WiPERS – a social enterprise dedicated to engaging and empowering young people.
Sammy is a qualified social worker who has been working with vulnerable young people for over ten years. Sammy became inspired to address the challenge of enhancing the quality of interventions being received by young people involved with the youth justice system.
In 2013 WiPERS was officially launched with the mission to engage and empower hard-to-reach disaffected young people. WiPERS supports youth offending teams and other organisations working with young people by delivering relationship-based, person-centered interventions to help break the cycle of offending behaviour.
The Shackleton Foundation Leadership Award has enabled WiPERS to develop the range and scope of its group work programmes, as they continue to see the social impact of their work reach even more young people, helping to give them “a clearer vision for a safer journey” through their adolescent years.
Alanna is the co-founder of Rivers Coaching. Having trained as a Maths teacher, through Teach First, in a school in a very deprived part of south-east London. There she was exposed to seeing talented teachers being over-worked and under-supported. As a result, she saw many teachers leaving the profession. Several of those that remained were jaded by the system, and often had very low expectations of the children they taught. She was horrified to find out this was happening across several schools in London, especially those facing the most challenging circumstances. Ultimately, the children were being failed by a flawed system.
So, in the November of 2012, Alanna approached her friend to set up Rivers Coaching; a value-driven social enterprise that supports teachers, working in the most deprived areas of London, in the classroom on a one-to-one basis over a year. These teachers have a dedicated coach and are supported in creating and executing a vision and highly aspirational goals for their pupils.
Shackleton’s funding has supported Rivers Coaching in running a second more extensive pilot across 6 schools, working with over 30 teachers reaching over 750 children directly. This enabled Rivers to demonstrate the power of coaching in raising standards in teaching as well as learning.
Jessica is the founder of Franklin Scholars – a social leadership programme that equips and challenges talented students, in schools serving low-income communities, to change the lives of the most vulnerable younger students in their schools.
Thousands of children from tough backgrounds struggle to make a successful leap from primary to secondary school, and this is identified as a point in time when a person’s entire future can be decided. The Franklin Scholars programme is grounded in the belief that, for every one of these vulnerable children, there is an older student in the same school that is very well equipped to help. With the right training and support, these older students – the Franklin Scholars – can play a crucial role in supporting our most disadvantaged children at the most precarious moment of their young lives – and change their own lives while they’re at it.
Jessica established Franklin Scholars in July 2013 and the Shackleton award will enable her to continue developing and refining the programme in its first year, and preparing for the programme to roll out across many more schools in the years to come.
Emily is using her Shackleton Award to launch England’s very first non-profit criminal law practice, the Centre for Criminal Appeals (CCA), which will investigate wrongful conviction cases and present them to the Criminal Cases Review Commission and the Court of Appeal. Two out of three prisoners asking for a second appeal are unable to find a lawyer to help them, and legal aid cuts are only making this situation worse.
When she graduated from law school, Emily established Innocence Project New Orleans (IPNO), which investigates and litigates provable claims of actual innocence on behalf of prisoners in the United States. IPNO grew from a staff of one to nine during her tenure, and has so far freed 22 innocent prisoners. Returning to the UK in 2004, Emily has been working with the UK legal action charity Reprieve.
In 2007, working as a UK solicitor, Emily brought a wrongful conviction case to the Court of Appeal via the Criminal Cases Review Commission, as a test of the proposed CCA methodology. The Court quashed the conviction in 2010 and the prisoner is now free and struggling to rebuild his life in the free world.
Julia Bengough has been working in Mvumi, Tanzania for most of the last five years, teaching English and administering a sponsorship programme. Primary First is a project in rural Tanzania which supports teachers from a group of 20 primary schools who teach over 13,500 children between them. The grant from the Shackleton Foundation will allow Julia to build on this important work.
The opportunities to improve the quality of life in rural Tanzania are dependent on education. These schools have scant resources and the teachers are expected to deliver the curriculum under the most challenging circumstances. Education from Secondary school is in English. The primary school teachers generally have a very low level of English themselves but are required to deliver English syllabus to intermediate level. Lack of subject knowledge results in absenteeism and low morale amongst the teachers. Local education officials have been in discussion with Julia about the need for English courses for the teachers and Julia has been writing a course and developing hand-made materials since first piloting the project in March 2012.
In 2011 Miguel founded the community interest company ‘Miguel Dean – Youth Training and Development’. His work mainly involves delivering training to professionals who work with disadvantaged young people, and working directly with young people. He also gives talks on overcoming adversity, coaches on a one-to-one basis, and helps design youth training projects. The essence of his work is based on the premise that “I am not what happened to me. I am what I choose to become.” (Carl Jung).
Miguel suffered a traumatic childhood which led to a life of drugs, alcohol and violence, and subsequently to homelessness, begging on the streets of Edinburgh. With the birth of his son came the realisation that it was time for him to take responsibility for his life. These experiences as a child and young man, and the qualities that he developed, mean that he is ideally suited to support others who have not had the best start in life. Through thirteen years of working with young people he has come to learn that it is not just what you do but who you are that matters when we endeavour to inspire and motivate others.
Beyond Youth aims to address the increasing numbers of young people engaging in offending behaviour, gang related violence, and the reoffending rates of those released from custody. Beyond Youth also aims to increase the numbers of young people in employment, education, or training. Through the Chance 2 Change programme, offending behaviour is reduced by providing an intervention that tackles the real reasons why they are offending, and empowers them to make the decisions necessary to break this continuous cycle.
Beyond Youth delivers highly successful, intensive group-based interventions, through the unique specialist project Chance 2 Change, for young offenders and those at risk of offending, aged 14-25. The programme reduces reoffending amongst those referred, increases life chances, and produces significant cost savings to society. Chance to Change increases the emotional intelligence of all those referred, enabling them to make better life choices.
Harriet runs a very successful project in HM YOI Portland, Dorset, called The Horse Course. It is an intensive seven day course with horses, in which Young Offenders learn how to be calm (as a skill), set and maintain a focus even when things get difficult, and achieve amazing results if they take care of their own thoughts and emotions. The outcomes so far have been fantastic, with difficult prisoners going on to engage with education for the very first time, talk of having hope for their futures and sustain better behaviour.
An independent academic evaluation of the project is in progress. The Shackleton Leadership award allowed Harriet to continue running courses at the prison during 2011, which enabled an independent academic evaluation to take place.
In 1999 Shauneen co-founded Reprieve, a UK charity that uses the law to enforce the human rights of prisoners, from death row to Guantanamo Bay. In 2003, she established the Youth Department at Lawrence & Co. Solicitors which provides specialist legal representation to children in the criminal justice system.
In 2006, along with Aika Stephenson, she set up Just for Kids Law (JfK) a charity that provides support, advice and representation to young people in trouble with the law. In 2010 JfK was voted the best not-for profit legal aid organisation in England and Wales. Shauneen’s work is now dedicated to strategic litigation, bringing cases that will change the whole legal landscape for young people.
In 2006, Shauneen was selected as one of Management Today’s 35 Women Aged under 35, a list of women who were ‘judged to have the potential to reach the top of their chosen careers’. In 2010, Shauneen was chosen to be a World Economic Forum ‘Young Global Leader’. She is a Shackleton Leadership award in 2011.
Baillie Aaron and Daniel Marshall
Baillie Aaron and Daniel Marshall were the co-founders of RISE, a social enterprise start-up that won the 2011 Cambridge University Entrepreneur’s Social Enterprise Award. RISE is now called Spark Inside
Spark Inside’s mission is to provide court-involved young people with opportunities for role modelling, inspiration, success, and enrichment through its coaching program. Studies have consistently shown that at-risk young people benefit tremendously from on-going mentorship relationships. The Spark Inside programme is based on empirically-tested best practices and provides adult coaches for youth in custody, commencing during their sentence and extending through to their community re-entry.
For more information on Spark Inside, please see this YouTube video.
Through this experience, both as a disabled entrepreneur and a supporter of other disabled people starting their own businesses, Brendan has created a new social enterprise vehicle called “UKSEABLE”.
The UKSEABLE project is intended to provide support to people who have disabilities or long-term health conditions, and who run or aspire to run their own small businesses. It is intended that this network will become a viable and sustainable business in its own right.
Through the establishment of a mutual support network for disabled entrepreneurs, a smaller group of entrepreneurs with disabilities or long term health conditions will provide various professional support services to disabled people in business. These individuals will be trained to work as mentors, working one-to-one with people requiring support. They will also provide group training and workshop sessions to entrepreneurs and disabled people in conventional employment.
IncomeMAX is a Community Interest Company and Social Enterprise that supports people in making sense of their benefits and tax credits entitlement. Its services help people to maximise income, move into work, minimise energy & water bill expenditure, maintain social wellbeing and find the right debt advice.
Welfare advice is a key cornerstone of alleviating poverty, yet every year, many thousands of vulnerable people do not get the benefits and tax credits advice and support they need to fully maximise their income. To ensure that IncomeMAX can provide help and advice to Britain’s most vulnerable customers, IncomeMAX has launched a unique Vulnerable Customers Fund which it uses to award free IncomeMAX memberships to vulnerable customers.
Caroline Fiennes is Executive Director of Global Cool, a highly innovative charity which encourages greener living.
Global Cool doesn’t presuppose that people are interested in carbon, climate or the environment. Instead, it ‘sells’ green lifestyle choices by making them appealing. The charity uses social networking, film, fashion, music and entertainment to reach and inspire people to change, but also highlight the fun, adventure and cost benefits of greener lifestyles.
Caroline “grew up” in commercial marketing before leading the client service business at New Philanthropy Capital, where she helped charitable funders to make the most of their resources. She has worked with well-known names such as the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts, Big Lottery Fund, the Home Office and Eurostar, as well as many families and smaller foundations.
Carina Millstone is the Founder and Chief Executive of The London Orchard Project, a small charity that aims to develop a skilled community of Londoners to plant, care for and harvest fruit trees.
The London Orchard Project is concerned with building community resilience in a changing climate, increasing access to fresh fruit and improving the quality of the urban landscape. The charity works with community groups across London to plant, harvest and restore orchards, and has to date planted 22 community orchards and trained the volunteers necessary to look after the trees.
Carina received a grant from the Shackleton Foundation in early 2011, and used this grant to work with four partner community groups – housing estate residents and park user groups – to plant and maintain four new community orchards.
‘Heroes for the Future’ is a UK not-for-profit organisation that helps young people raise their aspirations by focusing on the stories of heroes.
Rachael Roser was given an award by The Shackleton Foundation in 2009 to launch Heroes for the Future, and since then has worked with over 3,000 students across 12 schools. Children enjoy a varied programme of workshops, classwork and the chance to meet a real-life hero. This helps them to think about the kind of adult they would like to be and how to achieve their goals.
‘Heroes for the Future’ works as a collaborative partnership between schools, a group of drama practitioners and inspirational role models, who come together to meet children to talk about their own heroic adventures and/or inspiring careers. Teachers are briefed and given a pack of materials, lesson plans and activities to support the work. This can be used over the course of a single day or can form part of a learning journey which takes place over weeks or months.
Nick is the co-founder of the youth empowerment charity, Envision.
Over the last 11 years, Envision has grown to work with thousands of young people each year from four offices around the country, helping them to set up their own social and environmental projects and realise that they can make a difference in the world.
The projects, tackling a range of issues such as drugs and gang culture, to homelessness and the environment, are outstanding. But more importantly, the impact this has on the young participants and their self-belief and desire to serve is even more profound.
Envision was founded as an example that our individual leadership and example is the most powerful tool any of us have in this world, and it’s our responsibility to use it. It was on the basis of this activity that Nick was awarded the Shackleton Foundation Leadership Award.
In 2012, Lesley founded the company ‘Restorative Thinking’, with the aim of making restorative justice and restorative approaches accessible and practical, with the outcomes for participants at the centre of the company’s ethos.
The ‘Restorative Thinking Parenting Programme (Parenting without Conflict)’ has been selected by the Department for Education as part of the CANparent trial. Drawing on restorative approaches, the programme encourages parents/carers to think about what their child’s behaviour is communicating as an indication of unmet need and how to meet the needs.
Restorative Thinking toolkits, training and wrap-around support (for facilitators) give participants the skills, knowledge and understanding to adopt restorative approaches as a key life skill, to strengthen relationships with others, problem-solve, take responsibility and resolve conflict.
Lesley has been selected to receive a Shackleton Award to run a pilot project with two primary schools in Preston, Lancashire. Each school will receive training and support to deliver both the Restorative Thinking Parenting Programme and the toolkit for primary schools.