The Sorrell Foundation was set up in 1999 by Frances and John Sorrell with the aim of inspiring creativity in young people. It believes that creativity can change people’s lives and make the world a better place.
The Sorrell Foundation develops pioneering educational models, which bring together schools, teachers, schoolchildren, universities, colleges, tutors, students and professionals. The common aim is to help young people unlock their creativity, gain new skills and explore their potential for further and higher education and future careers. Young people are given a creative voice – the Foundation asks them what they think and values their response.
The educational charity works alongside, but outside, the formal education system. It has worked with more than 100,000 young people across the UK on initiatives such as joinedupdesignforschools, the Young Design Programme, myplace and Design Out Crime. Over the last eight years, the Foundation has developed the National Saturday Club model and set up a new charity – the Saturday Club Trust – to take it forward.
Frances and John started their lives in design and creativity at the age of 14 when, in different parts of London, they were given the opportunity to attend Saturday morning classes at their local colleges of art and design. This experience was a revelation that paved the way for full-time study and their careers in design. It was also the prime motivation for the formation of the Sorrell Foundation.