ReachOUt | Parent and Guardian Handbook

Who are reachout?

ReachOut are a mentoring and education charity –  we run after school mentoring projects across London, Greater Manchester and Liverpool for young people aged 9-16.

Each young person in a ReachOut project works with a group of volunteer mentors and each week they take part in mentoring and fun character-building group activities.

If you’ve been sent a link to this page, you’re child has been chosen by their school to take part in a ReachOut project! You can find all the information you need about what this means for your child in our parent and guardian handbook below. 

“My daughter has been attending ReachOut for the last two years. In this time, I have seen her grow in confidence and learn how to overcome challenges with a more positive attitude. As a parent, I am so grateful for the help and peace of mind ReachOut gives us.

Parent of a ReachOut Mente

Meet our team

Our project team works with our schools and Project Leaders across London, Manchester and Liverpool to make sure your child’s time at ReachOut is the best it can be.

Alice Cleary

Designated Safeguarding Lead

Jess Morgan

Senior Project Manager,
North West

Melissa Clark

Project Manager, London

Leonie Saunderson

Project Officer, North West

Kiran Khela

Project Officer, North West

Beatrice Worrell

Project Officer, North West

Halima Afrah

Project Officer, London

Susanna Algretti

Project Officer, London

“Teachers have noticed that pupils have become more confident, vocal and are now more involved in school life. For example, a few mentees have now taken up positions on our sports teams as well as being a part of the debate team, where issues are discussed with passion!”

Teacher at St Luke’s Church of England Primary School, 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