Jacqueline 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.
Jasper 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.
The 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.
Foster 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 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.
Yes 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.
Robin 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.
Jayne 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.
Jaffer Ali Hussain
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 programme from working with 45 young people weekly to 75 young people weekly. 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. Jaffer is now working for SLYNCS full time allowing him to tender for other pieces of work making the organisation sustainable for the foreseeable future.
Growing up in a working class family in the North West of England, in a town where deprivation is high and aspirations are low amongst Pakistani young males, Jaffer feels that by seizing the opportunities that he has had, has led him to where he is now. An Olympic torch bearer, a finalist in numerous awards and the founder and Operations Manager of his own youth empowerment organisation. “Youth work is not just a job, it is a lifestyle”.
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 founded Franklin Scholars in July 2013 and the Shackleton award enabled her to develop and refine the programme in its first year, and establish the foundations of an organisation that was ready to scale up. In 2014-15, Jessica and her team will be supporting over 400 young people across three regions. The young people involved have described the programme as a life-changing experience, and evaluations show students’ academic progress has been significantly boosted, as well as their confidence, resilience and communication skills.
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 used her Shackleton Award to develop her successful behaviour-change project at HMP Portland into a charity. TheHorseCourse delivers innovative programmes using natural horsemanship as a context to teach mental and emotional self control. The evidence base for the work has grown, including several independent academic studies. Results show remarkable improvements in outcomes for violent young offenders: 27 % points reduction in reoffending (where 10% would be considered successful); and more recently with troubled young people with problems such as offending, self harm, exclusion from school, anxiety, ADHD, Domestic Violence. The approach taken to evidencing innovation has been lauded, “TheHorseCourse exemplifies the right attitude and approach towards collecting and analysing data in order to test and demonstrate impact, as well as develop practice responsively.” James Noble, New Philanthropy Capital.
TheHorsecourse now runs a busy HQ near Weymouth, Dorset and the number of HorseCourse approved facilitators around the UK is growing.
Shauneen Lambe is the Executive Director of Just for Kids Law, a charity that provides 360 degree support and legal representation to vulnerable children and young people and drives systemic change through strategic litigation and policy reform. She was called to the bar in England and Wales in 1997 and qualified as an attorney in Louisiana, USA where she represented people facing the death penalty. In 1999 Shauneen co-founded Reprieve, remaining on the board until 2006. 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). In 2010 JfK was voted the best not-for profit legal aid organisation in England and Wales. Since establishing Just for Kids Law, Shauneen has been named a World Economic Forum ‘Young Global Leader’, and one of NESTA/The Observer’s Britain’s New Radicals’. She has been chosen as a Shackleton Leader and an Ashoka Fellow. In 2013 Shauneen was shortlisted for Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year and Liberty’s Human Rights Lawyer of the Year for her work with young people. In 2015 she was made an Einsenhower Fellow. She is a board member of legal charity Birthrights and a trustee of the Sieff Foundation and the Baring Foundation.
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. Daniel is no longer involved with Spark Inside and therefore is no longer a co-founder.
Spark Inside (formerly, RISE) engages with young people aged 15-25 in the criminal justice system, focussing on those who face the greatest obstacles to breaking the re-offending cycle, by providing professional Life Coaching. Life Coaching helps them identify their strengths and ambitions, enabling them to reach out to new goals and actions. This approach provides a unique gateway to education, employment and training, and one which sticks because it is their choice : the coaching shows clients how to drive their own sustainable change. In Spark Inside’s pilot programme, only 12.5% of clients leaving prison reoffended after one year, relative to the 70% national average.
For more information on Spark Inside, please visit www.sparkinside.org
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 provides every day money advice to people that are experiencing difficult or uncertain situations or circumstances. This includes vulnerable and low income households across a variety of client groups including jobseekers, older people, people with health issues, disabled people, carers, parents, lower paid workers, those experiencing separation or divorce, bereaved people, mums-to-be and new parents.
IncomeMAX money advice areas includes benefits, energy bills, water bills, money skills, budgeting and employment and their advice services are provided by a specially trained team of in-house advisers. Clients receive professional, expert advice which is tailored to them and their own personal situation.
An award winning and trusted Community Interest Company, IncomeMAX are free-to-client through innovative partnerships with a range of national partners including EDF Energy, Nationwide Building Society and Southern Water. They are also London Leaders, Santander Social Enterprise Award (SEDA) winners, UnLtd Fast Growth winners and proud Shackleton Foundation awardees.
IncomeMAX unlock £millions of missing income for thousands of vulnerable and low income households every year and as a result their clients are better able to afford their bills and deal with debts.
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.