ReachOut Launch New Network Development Group

ReachOut is excited to announce the launch of our Network Development Group (NDG).  

Chaired by Melanie Moore, Managing Director at Macquarie Group, the NDG is working with our Fundraising & Partnerships team to increase ReachOut’s profile and influence with companies, funding organisations and other prospective partners. Building new strategic partnerships is essential as we look to expand our provision in London, the North West and across the UK. 

ReachOut Chief Executive Bejal Shah said: “We have very exciting plans to expand our programmes with schools and young people over the coming years, but we can only do this by working in partnership with others.  The NDG is a crucial part of our strategy to spread the word about the work that ReachOut does and bring more people and organisations into our network.”

Melanie Moore said: “The incredible work that ReachOut is doing supporting young people across the UK matters more now than ever.  Macquarie has been a partner of ReachOut for many years and has seen first hand how young people and our communities benefit.  I’m delighted to be working with Bejal and her team to help find new partners and supporters to support the charity’s growth. Now is a fantastic time to get involved and I’d encourage anyone who is inspired to come and join us on what will be an exciting journey.”

If you’d like to find out more about the NDG’s work, or if you think you can help by making introductions and getting the word out about ReachOut within your company and network, please do get in touch with

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