Over the past few years the ReachOut mentors, staff, and most importantly, our young people have been recognised for the inspirational work they do to make a difference in their communities.
In June 2016 we were shortlisted for the Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards for our partnership with Macquarie Bank in The Community Partners Award category.
Our partnership with Macquarie was established in 2009 and has developed from a few employees volunteering weekly as mentors to a formalised partnership through which Macquarie provides pro-bono office support, workshops for ReachOut’s young people, funding and multiple fundraisers and mentors.
The benefits are not just one-way. Macquarie employee and ReachOut mentor Jamie Broom said “Mentoring a young person at ReachOut has helped me to improve my own communication skills and ability to think outside the box to engage my mentee who can be difficult at times. It’s also increased my patience as it’s not easy, but the moments when you realise you are making a difference make it all worthwhile.”
Thanks to the Macquarie Group Foundation for all their support!
In June 2015 volunteer mentor Nick Whitbread nominated ReachOut for a Barclays Citizenship Award. ReachOut were one of five Regional Winners, chosen from over 500 nominated projects and received a donation of £45,000! Thank you Barclays and thank you Nick!
In October 2014, ReachOut won Most Inspirational Community Group at the Kids Count Inspiration Awards. ReachOut young people, mentees who have now become mentors, attended the ceremony at Westminster and were incredibly excited and proud to collect the award. Read more on our blog.
We were very proud to be shortlisted for the Guardian Charity Awards 2014! The Guardian Charity Awards aim to showcase excellence among small and medium-sized charities.
In the same year ReachOut were also shortlisted for a Charity Times Award in the category Corporate Community Local Involvement for our work in partnership with Australian investment bank Macquarie.
Elsewhere ReachOut were recognised for providing an excellent volunteering experience for our mentors and were awarded Volunteering Community Organisation of the Year 2014 by Queen Mary University of London and shortlisted for London School of Economics Voluntary Organisation of the Year 2014.
ReachOut CEO and Hackney resident for 10 years, Peter Blackwell, was shortlisted for a Team London Award in recognition of his work in the footballing community to make the sport more inclusive for young people in Hackney. Sadly he didn’t win but we are still immensely proud of him!
Rhiana Dennis-Small was awarded a Jubilee Service Youth Award (a programme to recognise and reward young people who participate in social action to inspire and help others) in 2015 for her contribution to ReachOut through volunteering and joins another one of our inspirational young people, Glory Botesse, who won the same award in 2014 for his voluntary work on a ReachOut mentoring project and also for his fundraising. Both Rhiana and Glory were presented with their awards at the House of Lords.