ReachOut Home

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
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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