Project information

Supporting leading innovations improving wellbeing

Ashoka is the world’s largest network of social entrepreneurs working to solve society’s biggest challenges.

Help us support financially and strategically our 2017 Ashoka Fellows Mark Swift and Sanderson Jones, who are working to improve the mental and physical wellbeing of people around the UK.

March 2017 - January 2020

Charity information: Ashoka UK

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  • Need


    1. Community wellbeing and the increasingly weakened social networks in communities around the UK: Research has revealed that loneliness is a growing problem in the UK, with 1 in 3 in admitting that they sometimes feel lonely.
    2. Need for more holistic healthcare and social prescribing, as research increasingly shows the correlation between health inequalities and social circumstances.


    Providing funding and strategic support to 2 innovative projects tackling social isolation and empowering communities to take control over their own health and wellbeing.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide funding and strategic support for Sanderson Jones and Mark Swift.


    » For each of them, conduct a financial assessment determining the needed funds over a 3 year period.
    » For each of them, conduct a strategy review identifying the key strategic priorities over the next 3 years.

    - Funding provided.
    - Strategic goals reviewed and captured in KPIs.
    - We track progress in strategic goals and the impact of our support in bi-yearly meetings.

    Aim 2

    Presentation the new Fellows to the public and raise awareness


    » Event (Induction) in November 23, for 150 guests.

    - Event conducted.
    - Number of guests.
    - Feedback of guests.

    Aim 3

    Connect and deliver leadership and strategy workshops to our existing cohort of +40 Fellows


    » Peer-to-peer day, in November 23, for all current UK Fellows and where Sanderson and Mark will be connected to other UK wellbeing Fellows.

    - Peer-to-peer day organised.
    - Number of Fellows attended.
    - Feedback from Fellows.

  • Impact


    Increased number of people benefiting from the work of Sanderson Jones and Mark Swift, replicas of their projects happening, change in public conversation happening, changes in policy.


    - Short-term: Lack of funding (we are trying to prevent this by diversifying and looking for as many funding options as possible).

    - Long term: Low wellbeing of social entrepreneurs (we try to prevent this by checking in regularly on the wellbeing of our Fellows, and connecting them to different support opportunities such as coaching, wellbeing retreats, leadership trainings).


    See success indicators on previous page. We also conduct yearly financial valuations of our Fellowship support programme.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £80,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £35,000 Sanderson Jones stipend Funds to be paid to Sander Jones in quarterly payments over a 3 year period.
      £25,000 Mark Swift Stipend Funds to be paid to Mark Swift in quarterly payments over a 3 year period.
      £3,000 Induction event Public presentation of new social entrepreneurs to 150 guests
      £2,000 Peer-to-peer day Private event convening all current UK Fellows (+40) where we deliver different workshops
      £15,000 S&S and onboarding of new Fell Staff costs of onboarding Sanderson and Mark and of conducting different assessments.
  • Background


    Sanderson Jones (Sunday Assembly): Global, 70 chapters in 8 different countries, 5,000 monthly participants.

    Mark Swift (Wellbeing Enterprises): 4 cities across the North-West of England, including Liverpool, and is working with dozens of Wellbeing Officers and over 40 volunteers in 17 GP practices and two large hospitals.


    All can benefit from both projects, Sunday Assembly has wider benefits for those experiencing loneliness and social isolation, or those who have weak community ties. Wellbeing Enterprises works with NHS patients whose physical syntomas have been triggered by underlying social issues, or who have high reoccurring admittance.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are the world’s largest network of social entrepreneurs working to solve society’s biggest challenges: from community wellness, to youth empowerment, to climate change. Since 1980, Ashoka has identified and marshalled vital funding and resources to some of the most game-changing social innovators on the planet. So far we’ve elected 3500 social entrepreneurs into our Fellowship program: 93% of whom achieve their social innovation objective within 10 years, and 56% of whom change public policy.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Tatiana Cary

    Venture Manger, the person responsible for finding, putting through our global selection process and assessing financial needs of Fellows.

    Florian Rutsch

    Fellowship Manager, the person responsible for assessing the strategic needs of Fellows and channelling all different kinds of support.

    Pip Wheaton

    UK Director, the person responsible of overseeing and reviewing our impact and making sure the puzzle comes together.