ReachOut is a mentoring charity working with young people in disadvantaged areas to raise aspirations and help them grow in character and attainment.
We improve self-confidence and develop Numeracy, Literacy and Communication skills whilst reinforcing our core values of Fairness, Self-Control, Staying Power and Good Judgement.

We do this through one-to-one mentoring with positive role models and team activities, to promote leadership, trust and responsibility.

"I liked fun activities and the sports at ReachOut. Also ReachOut has improved my Maths and English work and now I know more about the world."

In school year 2017/18, 980 young people were referred to ReachOut by their schools. They received 10,224 hours of mentoring by 863 volunteers. These young people and mentors reported that:

95% of young people improved overall in our core character strengths.

84% of young people improved in their academic confidence.

“My mentee's confidence has definitely improved over the project. He speaks up more in class”

Teachers reported that:

76% of young people increased their social confidence.

72% of young people increased their academic confidence. 

We also measure the impact on our mentors – to encourage new mentors to get involved – mentoring is good for you!

99% of mentors surveyed said volunteering with ReachOut was an enjoyable experience.

16% of mentors in 2017/18 returned to mentor again in 2018/19, even though we ask mentors to commit to a minimum of 6 months. Some return for several years!

20 mentors secured a place on the ReachOut Leadership Programme and have gone on to become paid ReachOut Project Leaders, sessional staff delivering mentoring projects in 2018/19.

"I have gained so much from the Leadership Programme. It has developed my leadership, management and communication skills. The programme gives you an opportunity to work directly with young people every week and making a difference to their lives is so rewarding."

Read our 2018 Impact Report here.

Read our 2016 Impact Report here