Celebrating our 2022 North West Volunteer Thank You Event

On Wednesday 30th March, we held our annual North-West Volunteer Thank You Event, for the first time in-person since 2019!

This is the celebration where we gather together all of our volunteers throughout Greater Manchester and Liverpool and hold a ceremony to thank them for their commitment to mentoring this year.

It was a wonderful evening, hosted by GRUB in Manchester. A huge thank you to everyone who came along and celebrated with us.

Below you can find details of all our amazing winners and some of our favourite photos from the evening! 

Bronze Award Winners (for volunteering 30+ hours):

  • Abigale Brady
  • Aileen Ward
  • Alex Cousen
  • Alexander Webb
  • Aneela Mahmood
  • Beca Jones
  • Ben Lee-Evans
  • Bethan Franks
  • Catherine Macauley
  • Emily Croft
  • Emily Wagstaffe
  • Frances Murphy
  • Graham Dwyer
  • Hajarah Shabbir
  • Isabella Ratcliffe
  • Jack Davies
  • Kin Leung
  • Kym Adrienne Reyes
  • Laura Davison
  • Leanne Johnson
  • Mark Andrew Magcawas
  • Maryem Eblish
  • Mike Dolan
  • Molly Wilkinson
  • Oveena Fonseka
  • Patricia Keating
  • Rachel Blythe
  • Rui Zeng
  • Ryan Houghton
  • Toni Potter
  • Xinyang Hu
  • Yuet Hei Yoki Chan

Silver Award Winners (for volunteering 50+ hours):

  • Aliza Bukhari
  • Asha Ahmed
  • Emily Wright
  • Helena Thompson
  • Jozef Poff-Harrison
  • Leah Jones
  • Melissa Roberts
  • Oliver Edwards
  • Paul Moonan
  • Peter Julian
  • Phoebe Holland
  • Samantha Jeffs
  • Shiying Ma
  • Weronika Wronska

Gold Award Winners (for volunteering 75+ hours):

  • Jamie Pratt
  • Tina Su

Platinum Award Winners (for volunteering 100+ hours):

  • John Pegington
  • Richard Cavey
  • Neil Welch

Manchester Club Mentor of the Year:

  • Callum Davey

Manchester Academy Mentor of the Year:

  • Rosie Callan

Liverpool Club Mentor of the Year:

  • Mark Andrew Magcawas

Manchester Club Project Leader of the Year:

  • Ella Harris

Manchester Academy Project Leader of the Year:

  • Leonie Saunderson

Liverpool Club Project Leader of the Year:

  • Ellie Newton

Manchester Club Project of the Year:

  • St Luke’s Primary School, Group 2

Manchester Academy Project of the Year:

  • Manchester Communication Academy Girls group

Liverpool Club Project of the Year:

  • LIPA

Career Mentor of the Year:

  • Nick Jennings

Fundraiser of the Year:

  • Sarah Newton

Outstanding Contribution:

  • Richard Cavey
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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