Our purpose and values

As Shaw Trust continues to grow, following the acquisitions of Prospects and Ixion, we have developed a new purpose and values. These serve to drive our work and maximise the social impact we deliver each and every day.


Our purpose

Shaw Trust’s purpose is to help one million people transform their lives each year.



Our values

Working with individuals, funders and partners to design and deliver effective services.



We care about people

We support our staff and people we work with to realise their potential and
transform their lives.

We make a difference

Making a lasting positive impact for the people we support is the reason we exist. We deliver high performance across our services, helping people to transform their lives.

We are inclusive

We value the ideas, views and strengths of everyone we work with and support. Everybody is different and everybody is equal.

We are collaborative

Working together is more effective and efficient. We believe that by working together with a range of partners we create better services and solutions. 


We are honest

We are authentic, accountable and transparent in all we do.

Shaw Trust is determined  to show strong leadership in working with people to help them find work, gain support and improve their wellbeing, transforming their lives in the process. Our purpose and values support this by motivating our staff while clearly demonstrating our commitment to our stakeholders.


We have a charitable heart and a commercial head, and we carry forward the best attributes of both. As a charity we are able to reinvest any surplus we make through our work back into product development and delivery. This ensures that we are able to deliver the best possible outcomes for our participants while remaining at the cutting edge of service provision. Our commercial know-how means we understand the importance of delivering excellent value for money, being competitive and of proving our impact. Our extensive experience working with partner organisations and commissioners means we are perfectly placed to meet their needs from a business perspective.