Hear what people in our local communities have to say about ReachOut.
Nick Soar is the Executive Principal of Bishop Challoner Catholic Federation of Schools in Tower Hamlets where we have run the Junior Mentors project (now called ReachOut ACE project) for four years.
“Bishop Challoner has benefitted immensely from our partnership with ReachOut and their Junior Mentors projects. Both Year 10 and 11 have developed their initiative, leadership and character in working with Justin Pickett and the other mentors and thus become adept and skilful mentors of young people themselves. They have acted as ambassadors to our primary school pupils and learned much of how to project manage events.” April 2015
Liz Murray-Bligh is a Learning Mentor at Jubilee Primary School in Hackney where we have run the ReachOut Club since 2003.
“ReachOut has been running at Jubilee Primary School for a number of years. They’re a fantastic team who come into the school and get on with what they need to do, and we always feel confident that the club will be run safely without having to look over anyone’s shoulder. Communication with team leaders is excellent, and they are a vital part of our year 6 culture.” March 2013
Dominic Hemington is the Head Teacher at St John Fisher and Thomas More Catholic Primary School in Wythenshawe, Manchester, where we have run the ReachOut Club since 2011.
“I have had the pleasure of working with Reach Out for several years now and I have seen the project evolve to become a very focused mentoring scheme for our Y6 pupils. The scheme enables them to grow in confidence and develop their resilience whilst also providing precise teaching of key maths and English skills on a one to one basis. The scheme makes a significant contribution to raising attainment with many of the selected pupils achieving the expected standard in their SATs.”
Ellie Cottam is the Extended Schools Coordinator at Redlands Primary School in Tower Hamlets. We have run a ReachOut Club for girls there since 2008, and last year we were asked to run a Club for boys as well.
“The ReachOut Club programme meets a wide variety of our children’s needs that we are otherwise unable to meet. The programme offers the children the chance to meet, interact and build relationships with unfamiliar adults within a safe environment. Without the ReachOut Club our children would not have the opportunity to build these relationships from which they gain so much confidence, inspiration and widened aspirations.
For several children the ReachOut scheme offered them an opportunity to interact with different children in their peer group, within an alternative environment. Some children were targeted so that they could benefit from building stronger friendships within their peer group. For example in the boys group it was a wonderful opportunity for several boys to take part in activities without the dominant ring leaders in the year group.” July 2013
Joe Kinchin-Smith is a volunteer mentor at the ReachOut Academy in Hackney. He works for UBS in the City and comes to the project in the evening where he mentors a boy in Year 11.
“I’ve been volunteering with ReachOut for over 2 years, and first heard about it through the Community Affairs department at UBS. I had volunteered at a number of organisations before, but what appealed with ReachOut was the one-to-one mentoring combined with football coaching, and the fact it was based in Hackney.
The young people who attend are a fantastic group, full of characters, and it is really rewarding to see them progress over the course of a year, as well as it just being a lot of fun to work with them every week. The other volunteers are also a great group, and we often go for a drink together after the mentoring sessions.” July 2013
Sarah Barker attended a pop-up restaurant evening organised by the Junior Mentors in Tower Hamlets, a project chosen by the group to develop leadership and teamwork skills. Sarah’s daughter Taylor was one of the participants on the project.
“Taylor is very academic but has struggled emotionally and the ReachOut project came along at just the right time to give her the extra support she needed. The girls have become a really tight knit group. It’s been a really excellent project.” June 2013