About us Why we exist How we started ReachOut was founded in Manchester by three friends – Xavier Bosch, Joe Evans and Brian Kerrigan. They saw how the thousands of students in Manchester could give their time to support the disadvantaged young people in their local community. ReachOut grew in Manchester, and expanded to work in London at the request of Hackney Council in 2004. At present day, ReachOut now run projects in London, Manchester and, as of 2017, Oldham. What started out as an informal homework club has now developed into the largest mentoring charity in the UK. Right from the beginning we’ve focused on developing character and improving attainment through partnering with schools to run one to one mentoring and team activities in after school clubs.