ReachOut were very excited to welcome Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, to three ReachOut Academy projects at The Co-op Academy Failsworth on 21st May 2019. 

The Mayor met head teacher, Phill Quirk, and Ian Burchett from the Co-Op Trust to discuss The Co-op Academy Failsworth and ReachOut working together. Phill explained that they have been ‘very pleased’ with the partnership and are looking forward to another year working with ReachOut in 2018/19.

Andy Burnham also had the opportunity to meet the amazing mentors on the projects, many of whom travel from Manchester each week to support their mentees. Clare, a student at the University of Manchester explained why visits like this are so necessary: ‘It’s important for people like Andy Burnham to see how worthwhile projects like ReachOut’s are. Giving young people a voice and a platform to build their confidence and articulate what they feel is how communities change for the better’.

It was a good day to visit the Year 9 Boys as they were using their Good Judgement and Staying Power to design and build bridges to connect tables around the classroom. The Mayor offered mentees his own top tips on bridge construction and chatted to them about their own experiences of ReachOut.

Mr Burnham also popped in for a visit to the Year 10 Girls who were delivering debates that they had been preparing for the last few weeks. Teams of mentors and mentees debated for and against single sex schools and whether or not zoos were cruel. The group demonstrated some excellent and very passionate public speaking skills for all of the arguments which the Mayor was very impressed by.

The Mayor seemed to really enjoy his time visiting ReachOut and we would love to have him back to any of our projects whenever he would like to visit!