ReachOut featured in nfpSynergy report

“Almost a decade ago, in the summer of 2011, an incident of police brutality triggered a short period of social unrest which came to be known as the London riots, starting in London’s Tottenham and quickly spreading both in London and several other UK cities. A range of contributing factors such as poor relations between marginalized communities and the police, social and economic inequality, and the lack of career prospects and opportunities available to young people have been cited in research carried out since the riots took place.

In response to such problems, the Clothworkers’ Foundation set up a proactive funding grant stream, Better Futures, which aimed to support projects which prioritised the needs of disadvantaged young people in
predominantly urban areas. The majority of projects were funded for a period of three years and at the end of the funding period nfpSynergy was commissioned to carry out an evaluation of the impact the grants had on the young people supported, as well as their families and wider communities. Although, of course, the funding alone could not hope to solve the full range of issues which led to the riots, it was found that the projects supported were having a profound impact on the lives of young people participating in a wide variety of ways. These ranged from supporting the young people to grow in confidence and develop their aspirations for the future, through to giving them the practical tools they needed to secure career opportunities.”

As one of the projects nfpSynergy chose to support with a long-term grant, ReachOut took part in some research to assess impact.

Please click below for the full report, with research into ReachOut displayed on pages 23-29.

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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