Shaw Trust

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Shaw Trust
Founded 1982
Type Non for profit organization,
Area served
England, Wales, Scotland, Poland, Romania
Mission Deliver services for people at disadvantage so they can gain life and employability skills in order to live more independently, secure sustainable employment and actively contribute to family and community life.

Shaw Trust is a charity in the UK for helping disabled and disadvantaged people into employment and independent living. It was formed in the village of Shaw in Wiltshire in 1982.

Shaw Trust has been a registered charity since 1982 and is one of the largest third sector providers of employment services for people with a disability or at disadvantage in the UK.

Shaw Trust employs nearly 1,600 people across over 200-plus locations. They are supported by over 600 volunteers and deliver contracts for eight major funding agencies including the European Social Fund, the Department of Work and Pensions and the Big Lottery Fund.

Shaw Trust is the largest third sector contractor for Department for Work and Pensions.

Shaw Trust's mission and values[edit]

Vision is for: A society in which everyone has the opportunity for employment, inclusion and independence.

Mission is to: Deliver services for people at disadvantage so they can gain life and employability skills in order to live more independently, secure sustainable employment and actively contribute to family and community life.

Shaw Trust's work[edit]

They deliver both mainstream (Work Programme) and specialist (Work Choice) employment support schemes across Britain. The charity helps people gain skills and find work via a wide range of activities including education and skills contracts, 49 shops and a national volunteering programme as well as health and social enterprise projects.

Shaw Trust helps people gain qualifications through specialised programmes, and for those seeking work we link to support in job search skills, interview practice and practical help to enter employment.

Shaw Trust is also an Approved Sponsor for Academies, and sponsors Shaw Education Trust

Community enterprises and projects[edit]

Shaw Trust runs a range of enterprises and projects – many of which are open to the public – across sectors including catering recycling and horticulture.

These initiatives are firmly embedded in the local communities and provide clients with a broad range of learning and skills development as well as employment opportunities.

Those Shaw Trust support benefit from a range of initiatives including access to accredited training on-site, work experience and employment, supervisory roles and core learning such as numeracy, literacy and IT skills.

Horticulture In 2010/11 our horticulture social enterprises provided employment and training opportunities for over 1000 young people and adults with challenging barriers to employment.

  • Basingstoke
  • Bromley Social Business
  • Clamp Hill, Stanmore
  • Hampshire
  • Palmer Gardens, Garden Centre, Trowbridge
  • Portsmouth
  • Seaham
  • Stockton
  • Westbank Enterprises

Wood recycling

Shaw Trust also offers wood recycling services at:

  • South London (Scadbury Park)
  • Bromley Social Business


Shaw Trust Industries (Doncaster) is a factory run as a social enterprise by Shaw Trust. They manufacture the following products:

  • Plastic protective edging
  • Electromagnetic powder coating
  • Injection moulding

Food services

Shaw Trust has catering services ranging from cafes serving delicious food to our 'tuck by truck' snack delivery business.

  • Bromley Social Business
  • Harrow
  • Suffolk

Shaw Trust shops[edit]

Shaw Trust has 49 charity shops across England and Wales, stocking a wide range of items that have been donated for resale. Also the Trust has an eBay store

All shops are staffed by a dedicated group of volunteers and Shaw Trust staff. The income raised from our shops goes to projects that support disabled and disadvantaged people in local communities.

Their shops also help develop are clients’ employability skills through work experience and work placements. They provide a safe and supportive environment for clients to develop confidence, learning and skills.


Donations and fundraising is always welcome. If you would like to make a donation, you can do so securely online through JustGiving using your debit or credit card.

Shaw Education Trust[edit]

In 2014, The Department for Education awarded Shaw Trust Approved Sponsor of Academy status. Shaw Trust created Shaw Education Trust a multi-academy trust, which supports special schools and mainstream schools serving disadvantaged communities.

Walton Hall Community Special School and Blackfriars Coppice Federation have been the first schools to join Shaw Education Trust.

Justice services[edit]

Since January 2010, the NOMS European Social Fund (ESF) Co-financing programme has been working with offenders across England. NOMS is an Executive Agency of the Ministry of Justice, which brings together the Probation and Prison Service to enable more efficient and effective delivery of services. A key objective for NOMS is the reduction of re-offending.

In 2015, the government announced the outcome of the latest National Offender Management Service (NOMS) tender opportunities to work with offenders. Shaw Trust formed an alliance with Crime Reduction Initiatives (CRI) for a number of the tender opportunities and will work with offenders the East of England, London, West Midlands, North East and the South West.

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