The annual ReachOut Volunteer Thank You Event (VTYE) is one of our favourite nights of the year. It’s an opportunity for us to bring all of our wonderful volunteers together and show how much we appreciate their hard work, commitment and resilience.

The London VTYE took place on Wednesday 5th June at the Macquarie Group office in Moorgate. We were so pleased to have so many Mentors, Project Leaders and Corporate Partners in attendance. After some delicious food and drinks, put on by the wonderful team at Macquarie, everyone headed in to the awards ceremony. There were a number of awards; thank you to everyone who sent in nominations for each category. It was extremely difficult to decide on the winners, because there were so many deserving candidates! Congratulations to all of those who were nominated, and won awards. See a full list below, as well as some of the best photos from the evening.

AWARDNominees and winner
Club Volunteer of the year

Sinem Ay

Noel Anderson

Masiha Patel

Katie Sidell-Schneider

Lukas Fiala

Jules Griffith

Kipras Undzenas – WINNER

Rita Eton

Kyann-Sian Williams

Alex Ross-Skinner

Maddie Legemah

Elliot Hughes

Myrtle Frobisher

Lucy Huntington

Andrea Akwelley Bulley

Chris Dasiewicz

Carol Logan

Daniel Land

Luisa Syed

Menelik Lee

Aaliyah Peerally

Academy Volunteer of the Year – Nominations

Kedeisha Gayle

Miriam Rich

Alex Brabyn

Ashlyn Thomas

Phil Bagguley

Babak Daemi

Gaby Mills

Arianna Ross

Chris Babalola – WINNER

Anthony Pye

Chiegiro Abosi

Platinum Award for the Highest Number of Volunteering HoursAnthony Ng – 109 hours!
Hidden Hero Support Award

Richard Thackray (JDX Consulting)

Emma Coletti (The App Business)

Matt Ward (DeBeers) – WINNER

Akvilė Suslavičiūtė (Macquarie)

Bryony Barrett (Futurebrand)

Club Project of the Year

North Harringay Primary School

Cayley Primary School (year 4 & 5 girls)

Redlands Primary School (year 6 girls)

Netley Primary School (year 5 boys)

Jubilee Primary School (year 6 boys)

Wellington Primary School (year 5 & 6 girls) – WINNER

Academy Project of the Year

Heartlands High School (year 7 boys)

Lilian Baylis (group A)

Trinity Academy (year 11 girls) – WINNER

Haggerston (year 8 & 9 boys)

Regent High School (year 8 girls)

Holloway (year 8 & 9)

Bridge Academy (year 9 boys)

The Petchey Academy (year 11 boys)

Wapping High School (year 10 boys)

Club Project Leader of the Year

Elise Walker

Poppy Glaister – WINNER

Laura Bradnam

Academy Project Leader of the Year

Thomas Myatt

Alice Turner – WINNER

Nicole Elliot

Kieran Dhaliwal Inspirational Student AwardLaura Bradnam
Outstanding Contribution Award

Daphne McRae


James Dawes

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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