Introducing ReachOut Futures

ReachOut’s Volunteer Manager Rebecca Wade-Palmer looks at what students and companies can expect from our refreshed ReachOut Futures programme. One of the things that we hear over and over again from our volunteer mentors is just how rewarding mentoring a young person can be. Seeing them grow in character and confidence over the course of […]

ReachOut Appoints Professor Simon Hepburn as its new Chair of Trustees

We’re excited to announce that ReachOut has appointed Professor Simon Hepburn as our new Chair of the Board of Trustees. Simon takes up his new role as part of a distinguished career across the charity, education and skills sectors. Simon is the former Chief Executive Officer at the UK Cyber Security Council and a Visiting […]

Who are young people’s role models?

Footballers and activists top list of young people’s role models. Sports stars, doctors and nurses, teachers, campaigners and Youtubers are all sources of inspiration for young people, but only 1 in 5 see good role models amongst politicians.  Marcus Rashford is the top role model for young people according to research by national mentoring and […]

Greater Manchester and Leeds Graduation 2021/22

In July, we held our Greater Manchester and Leeds Graduation.  The day was a fantastic opportunity for all our brilliant mentees from our Club (primary school aged 9-11) and Academy (high school aged 11-16) projects to come together and celebrate the progress they’ve made during their time with ReachOut.  At the event, we handed out […]

I wanted to be the mentor I wish I had when I was younger.

I’m Jamila, and I’m in my final year of a genetics degree at Queen Mary University. One of the reasons I wanted to become a mentor is that, when I was younger and in Primary School, I was a really shy kid. I wanted to be the mentor for a young person that I would […]

Liverpool Club Projects Graduation 2022

In April, we held our graduation ceremony for our Liverpool ReachOut Club class of 2021/22. The day was a fantastic opportunity for all our brilliant primary school mentees to come together and celebrate the progress they’ve made during their time with ReachOut. At the event, we handed out individual awards for making huge strides in […]

Get Involved and Stream for ReachOut

Are you an avid gamer? Do you want to raise money for amazing young people? Join us as we launch our first-ever streaming marathon and become part of our brand new gaming community!  We’re looking for streamers to take part in a streaming marathon across May. You can choose the length of your marathon, from […]

A message from our mentees

Our Volunteer Thank You Events are a chance for us to say a huge thank you to our amazing mentors – volunteers without whom ReachOut wouldn’t exist. Their hard work and dedication to their mentees is so vital and makes such an extraordinary difference. You can read more about our North West and London events […]

The FIFA Challenge 2022

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The Staying Power Challenge

Want to get fit, have fun and run through the Royal Parks? Join ReachOut as one of our amazing Royal Parks Half Marathon 2020 runners!

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“At first, I was really hesitant to take on the Project Leader role, despite having mentored with ReachOut. However, with the support of the team I’ve really developed my skills. For example, at the Mentee Graduation, I stood up in front of 200 people and presented an award which is something I would never ever have been able to have done before, and isn’t an opportunity I could gain in my other situations.”

Amy McCutcheon, Project Leader at ReachOut Academy, Dean Trust Ardwick, Manchester.


“Being able to spend the summer working at Rede Partners, was an amazing experience. Whether it was working in HR or Finance, I learned so much about the world of private equity, made great connections with fantastic people and I got to learn first-hand what it would be like to work there! I really believe that I can go onto build the career I want now I’ve been a part for a workplace for real”

Victor Adekunle, 18 years old, ReachOut Ambassador, London


“When I first my mentee, she was very reluctant to participate in the sessions. Now, I see a completely different person! Her confidence has grown and she is happy to join in! She still has some self-doubt when it comes to academic work, but that’s what I hope to help her overcome, because she is a very bright person!

Through mentoring, I’ve learnt I’m a lot more patient than I realised. There will be days where she refuses to participate and those are the days that I really see the importance of the character strengths, for both the mentees and the mentors. It also makes it easier for the mentee to understand the character strengths, when I use them myself”

Myrtle, ReachOut Club mentor at Tufnell Primary School, London


“There are more distractions than ever outside of school, and the commitment of our students to attend ReachOut sessions is testament to the value they place on the relationships they foster there, and the challenge and enjoyment they provide.

ReachOut’s focus on communication skills and character development has become an important aspect of our provision of support for these students. The opportunity to relate to a positive role- model other than their usual teachers is key to the programme’s impact, and the evidence of this has been seen in the students’ attendance, resilience and to their overall progress across all the subjects in the school.”

Thomas Janvrin, Assistant Vice Principal at the Petchey Academy London