ReachOut is a mentoring charity that gives amazing young people from economically disadvantaged communities weekly one-to-one support from a volunteer mentor.

We help them to develop their character, raise aspirations and improve their Academic attainment through long-term one-to-one mentoring to help them achieve their potential and go on to lead good, happy and successful lives.

Our impact this year:

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young people supported across our projects
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A person’s character is made up of personal qualities, or character strengths, that give us the ability to make good decisions and then carry them out consistently. We teach our young people about four simple, character strengths that enable them to make good choices and go on to lead good, happy and successful lives.​

Staying Power

resilience, grit, the ability to stick at something, to honour commitments, to see tasks through to the end.


the ability to keep emotions in check and to choose to act (or not to act) in a certain way despite how we may feel.


to treat others with respect and empathy, honouring rights and responsibilities, and being honest.

Good Judgement

the ability to consider consequences and make decisions that benefit both ourselves AND those affected by our choice.

“ReachOut has built my confidence and I have become much closer to the other mentees. I can practice my Maths and English skills outside of school too which is good. I use my character strengths in school often. Let’s say in class some people might not get something, so like, if they get something wrong, instead of making fun of them, using Good Judgement I could help them instead ”

ReachOut Academy mentee, Manchester


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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