We’re pleased to announce that in a short amount of time, we have been able to create ReachOut Home
, a new online mentoring programme which we launched on 7th May 2020! ReachOut Home has been designed to enable our mentees and mentors to continue working together through video conferencing whilst retaining as much as possible of what is special about ReachOut projects, and part of why they are so successful.
Even though we’re in lockdown, through ReachOut Home we are still:
- reaching significantly disengaged and at risk young people
- creating a sense of belonging and value for participants through being part of a group AND having an amazing mentor
- helping our young people and everyone else involved build good character – and this is especially important right now
- making sure everyone is having fun!
Ten young people joined our first ever ReachOut Home session two weeks ago, and we now have four ReachOut Home projects set up with schools in London and Manchester. Mentees get to catch up with each other at the start of the weekly sessions under the supervision of their Project Leader, before their mentors join for a group activity, followed by one-to-one time in breakout rooms. Early feedback from all parties is very positive, and we’re excited about the rest of the pilot.
There are definitely new challenges in this work for us. We’re expecting setbacks and are ready to learn, and we’re anticipating there may be very different outcomes from this online programme – but I’m confident that our service will be as valuable as ever to our young people, and we’ll continue to create positive change for our mentees.
I’m hopeful we’ve created the wireframe for something special and sustainable, and now we’re planning beyond the pilot to add ReachOut Home to our full range of services offered to schools from Sept 2020. If you’d like to work with us we’re up for hearing from new companies, volunteers, schools and potential Project Leaders ASAP – just get in touch! Together we can keep on giving disadvantaged young people a better start, and build the foundation of good character needed for a good, happy and successful life.
Peter Blackwell – ReachOut Chief Executive