Reach Society

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Reach Society News

Insight into Bristol

Insight into Bristol is an innovative residential summer school that gives students from London access to the University of Bristol’s academic expertise and facilities.

2018 Is Our 70th Anniversary
In 2018 Reach Society celebrates the 70th year, the platinum anniversary, of the modern Black community (or MBC) in the UK, which began with the arrival of the 492 Windrush pioneers in 1948.
2017 Recognition Awards & QAVS Report
On Saturday, 21 October, more than 220 guests at Reach Society's 6th Recognition Awards celebrated the Society’s national honour, The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service or QAVS (which is also known as the MBE for volunteer groups) which was won last June. This was a historic achievement because Reach Society became the first social enterprise, led by a team of male professionals in the Black community, to win this national honour.

Forthcoming Events

  • 23/03/2018 6.30pm - Networking Conversation (at Brunel University London)
  • 04/04/2018 10.00 am - 7th Careers Conference (Russell Square, London)
  • 27/04/2018 6.30pm - Networking Conversation (at Palestra House)
  • 25/05/2018 6.30pm - Networking Conversation (at Palestra House)
The main objectives of the networking programme in the Reach Society are to generate amity between Black professional men.
Representation ImageThe representation programme: Connects Reach Society role models with young people, and in particular Black boys and young Black men, to inspire them;
Recognition AwardsThere are two sets of recognition awards - one for self development, which will be awarded to children and young adults; and the other for extra-ordinary contributions and long service to Reach Society.


Lloyds Bank Community Fund, 2012 Regional Winner
City & Islington College, 2014 Community Partner
BITC Race Equality Award, 2016 Highly Commended Award Winner


Reach Society has been recognised for developing equal and inclusive workplaces for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) employees by being Highly Commended in the Future Workforce Award category at the Business in the Community Race Equality Awards 2016


The awards ceremony, hosted by ITV News presenter Charlene White, took place last night (11th October 2016) at the Hilton Park Lane and was attended by more than 500 business leaders. Now in their 10th year, the Awards celebrate outstanding practice, innovation and dedication to race equality and inclusion in UK workplaces.

Reach Society was Highly Commended in the Future Workforce Award category, which recognises organisations who are addressing the future talent pool challenge by taking action to improve the attraction, engagement and employability of young people from BAME backgrounds.

Dr Dwain A. Neil, Chairman, Reach Society said: “The Society is humbled by this award from BITC. When the project was kicked off in October 2010, my co-founders and I just wanted to play our part to help young people from the Black community, especially our boys and young men, to make viable transition into adult life. Six years later we have impacted more than 7,500 young people and have the capacity to impact more than 1,500 every year. Reach Society is truly grateful to BITC for their interest in our on-going work.” 

Sandra Kerr OBE, Race Equality Director, Business in the Community, said: “Congratulations to Reach Society on being Highly Commended in the Future Workforce Award category at the Business in the Community Race Equality Awards 2016. They are ensuring BAME employees are represented at all levels within their organisation, developing the diverse talent they attract and strengthening the pipeline for the future. I hope other organisations will follow their lead.”

A full list of the winners, Highly Commended and finalist organisations is available online.

Guests heard from Dr Nicola Millard, Customer Experience Futurologist at BT who spoke about the importance of diversity of thought in future work, Adrian Joseph, Chair of the Business in the Community Race Equality Leadership Team, and Sandra Kerr OBE, Race Equality Director, Business in the Community.
There was also a Twitter takeover by I.C.U.C. on behalf of the global media group Dentsu Aegis Network, who managed the Business in the Community race equality campaign Twitter handle (@BITCRaceatwork) and the hashtag #RaceEqualityAwards, encouraging guests to share photos and inspiring moments from the evening.