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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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