John Egging Trust

Founded in 2011 by the wife of a Red Arrows Pilot in his memory, the Jon Egging Trust aims to inspire and enthuse young people to reach their full potential.

The Blue Skies programme that WHF is funding is an intensive early intervention programme with a three-year syllabus that builds confidence, self-esteem and raises aspirations. The focus of the programme is learning teamwork skills, developing leadership abilities and increasing employability. The Jon Egging Trust works with both civilian and military partners to deliver its programmes.

The WHF is sponsoring four young people through the three-year Blue Skies programme in the West Midlands in partnership with RAF Cosford and Charlton School, Lincoln.

Portsmouth Sail Training Trust

Portsmouth Sail Training Trust (PSTT), run a programme of sail training weekly throughout the school terms with 120 young people from seven schools in Portsmouth.

We loved the way that the PSTT run fun and engaging sessions which enable young people to get qualifications in sailing, powerboating, first aid, navigation and diesel engine maintenance. Young people on the programme also learn life skills such as resilience, communication skills, team work and independence.

The Foundation is providing funds to pay for instructors and travel.

Archway Project

Based in the Thamesmead Estate in South East London, The Archway Project was set up in 1982 to enrich the lives of young people through educational workshops and recreational activities. 

The workshops allow young people to learn to maintain and ride motorcycles and mountain bikes and cook.  These training programmes are approved by the Department of Education and are delivered by experienced and professionally qualified tutors, focusing on practical tasks cutting theory to a minimum. 

Young people attending Archway can work towards BTEC Level one Diploma in Engineering; BTEC Jamie Oliver Home Cooking Skills and BTEC First Information & Creative Technology and BTEC Bicycle Engineering. 

The Will Houghton Foundation is providing bursaries for three Archway ‘graduates’ who are in their first year of studying three year course at South & West Kent College: 

  • Ryan Hill – Imi Mechanics/Technician Diploma  
  • Jay Fleming, Imi Motor Motor Vehicles Level 1 
  • Harry Hoy, Imi Motor Vehicles Level 1 

The bursaries are funding boots and overalls, and travel to and from the college. 

Cycling Projects

Cycling Projects’ Wheels for All programme gives children and adults with disabilities and special needs the opportunity to engage in quality cycling activity.  

All of its centres are equipped with specially adapted cycles and Wheels for All trained leaders, who have the knowledge and confidence to work with adapted cycles for participants to enjoy the benefits of cycling. The centres welcome individuals, groups and families to be involved. 

Wheels For All Training gives individuals, carers and support staff the confidence to work with adapted cycles for their clients or family member so that all can enjoy the benefits of cycling in a sociable environment. We even provide the adapted cycles so everyone can get involved. 

Cycling Projects works with occupational therapists, sports development, local councils, Primary Care Trusts’ care support staff, as well as the support staff and parents of those pre existing services users. 

There are currently over 50 Wheels for All centres across England, Wales.  

The Will Houghton Foundation is funding eight open days across the South East of England for Cycling Projects so that they can expand their network of centres. 

KU Cares

If you are a young adult in social care and want to carry on your education at university it’s not just paying the tuition fees that you have to contend with. You have to ensure that any accommodation you have been given by your local council is not lost while you take your degree, so you often find yourself having to travel further and longer than students who can choose to live at or close their university.

To help sort his issues we are providing funds to provide bursaries to support travel for four students at Kingston University that have left care., for three years is their degree.

Kingston provides a comprehensive package of support for care leavers, including financial support, access to year-round accommodation and a deposit fee waiver for Halls of Residence, access to internal and external opportunities including placements at the University and becoming part of our Student Ambassador team. This is in addition to advocacy in the university and within a care leaver’s local authority. While the KU Cares team to provide support from application, through time at University, graduation and beyond.

Will Mackaness Trust

Will absolutely loved to be on and in the sea. But if you can’t afford to get to the swimming pool and take lessons then your opportunities to sail, canoe or windsurf are pretty limited. That’s why we are supporting the Will Mackaness Trust for the second year. Your generous donations mean that 12 young people from Portland in Dorset will are having regular trips to their local swimming pool, over nine months, for lessons. Once they are confident swimmers they will have the opportunity to learn to windsurf or sail at the UK home of Olympic sailing, Portland Harbour.

Action For Kids

WHF is providing funds for this North London charity to provide work experience for up to 25 young people with mental and physical disabilities in the Canals and Rover Trust’s Edible Gardens. The work experience is a day a week for
six to nine weeks.

AFK supports 200 young people a year to live independent and fulfilling lives.  It does this through work experience, apprenticeships and supporting internships; Self-Advocacy Programmes and work with more than 30 schools, both mainstream and specialist.

The charity’s over-riding aim is to get clients to understand what they can achieve. Most have been told what they can’t do for much of their lives!

Snow Camp

We are in our third year of providing funds to Snow Camp for its Apprenticeship scheme. Jake Duggan, 18, is the apprentice we are sponsoring this year. Jake is a skier.

Jake grew-up in a small council flat in London with his parents and little sister who suffers with a sensory disorder and ADHD. Living in a very small flat with a family member who needs his support, Jake did not have the time or space needed to be able to focus on schoolwork or to socialise with friends. He couldn’t enjoy all the things that an average teenager would normally do.

His time at Snow Camp has allowed him to build his confidence; improve his communication skills; become more assertive and improve his punctuality.

While lock-down has brought a temporary halt to his apprenticeship work he has been helping to deliver online coursework sessions, mental health workshops, ski and snowboard technical workshops and young people ‘meet-ups’ via online video.