ReachOut and Macquarie Group Shortlisted for Business Charity Award

We’re excited to announce that ReachOut and Macquarie Group have been shortlisted for the Longstanding Partnership Award at this year’s Business Charity Awards.

Taking place on Thursday 19 May, the Business Charity Awards recognise and reward the partnerships between outstanding corporate and not-for-profit organizations, and celebrate their achievements.

Rachel Engel, Head of the Macquarie Group Foundation in EMEA, said: “We’re thrilled to be shortlisted for our longstanding strategic partnership with ReachOut. Over the past 10 years we’ve worked closely together with a shared vision to provide mentoring, practical advice, and equitable opportunities for young people from lower socio-economic backgrounds across the UK. At Macquarie, our purpose is to ‘empower people to innovate and invest for a better future’ and we want that future to offer something for everyone.”

Bejal Shah, ReachOut’s CEO, said: “We are so proud of our strategic partnership with Macquarie Group, which started via a volunteer and has grown organically over the years to become our leading corporate partnership. For us, it is essential that we work with companies that share our vision and mission to improve the lives of young people and tackle social inequalities, to ensure a better future for them and their communities. Macquarie Group have gone above and beyond over the years to support our strategic growth, and our long-term partnership has helped shape the charity ReachOut is today. We are delighted that this has been recognised and shortlisted for a Business Charity Award and look forward to celebrating this in May.”

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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