ReachOut Update – November 2020

You will no doubt know that we’re heading back to a national lockdown from Thursday, which is a real worry. Hopefully we are all more prepared to both deal with the lockdown ourselves, and also mitigate against the longer term effects on our communities. I’m happy to say that ReachOut is well prepared. Our work over the last 6 months puts us in a strong position to carry on operating online through such challenging times.

We will be running our ReachOut Home mentoring programmes as usual throughout lockdown, with our staff, volunteers and young people accessing the service remotely. It’s more important than ever that we’re able to reach our young people, wherever they are, and make sure they continue to get the support they need.

How can you help? We’ve recruited enough mentors for now, but we always need help fundraising to enable our team to continue delivering first class services to young people around the country. If you’d like to help raise money for us and beat the lockdown blues, why not take part in our annual fundraising drive, The Big ReachOut Raise? From the 1st – 8th December you can run your own fundraising event (with our dedicated support), or you can join us as we take part in The Big ReachOut Race; a pledge to cover a whopping 243 miles spanning the distance between the cities in which our projects are held. You can run, walk or cycle, set your own target distance and take part absolutely anywhere.

We’d love you all to take part, and help us raise £50,000 towards our mentoring work with disadvantaged young people in this difficult time. If you want to get involved, please contact our Community Fundraising Officer Ruby ( who will happily chat through any ideas you have and send you a fundraising pack to get you feeling inspired.

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