Reach Society

Building Connections
A member of the Council of Leaders, The COL
A member of Fair Education Alliance, The FEA

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

  • 26/01/2018 6.30pm - Networking Conversation - Venue: Black Cultural Archives, Brixton Square, SW2 1EF
  • 20/02/2018 10.00am - 5th Employability Day, CANDI
  • 22/02/2018 11.00am - Wolverhampton Employability Day
  • 23/02/2018 6.30pm - Networking Conversation (new venue)
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

2017 Queen's Award Winner

Reach Society is honoured and delighted to receive the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service (which is the MBE for volunteer groups). Everyone on the Society's management team is proud of the recognition this national award has bestowed on the Society for its work with young people.

Dr Dwain Neil, Chairman of the Society said: "I am delighted the Society won this national award because it represents a pat on the back for everyone involved in the project, and it is a spur for the team to continue making a difference. The Society has had an extraordinary 7 years, and this national recognition is just what the team needs."

Reach Society is a social enterprise which was founded in October 2010 by three professional men - Rob Neil, Professor Donald Palmer and Dr Dwain Neil - to inspire young people by showcasing professionals in the Black community to them.

In 7 years the Society has impacted more than 9500 young people helping them to reframe their ideas of pathways to success. The Society has involved dozens of employers and scores of professionals in its interactive programmes which are designed to inspire young people from age 9 to 24.

The Society's annual careers conference attracts roughly 1,000 participants, young people and some parents. In this event attendees gain information and advice in the perfect 10 workshops, discover pathways to success from many professionals in the Black community, and access to dozens of employers offering a wide range of opportunities.  

Each careers event also provides contact with a panel of Black scientists who are experts in mathematics,  biology, chemistry, physics, engineering and medicine; and they help the young people to understand the career advantages bestowed by these STEMM subjects.

The Society's annual outreach programme is defined by bespoke employability and careers days which are rolled out in schools, colleges and community groups. And its monthly networking conversations help to build amity between Black professional men; and many of them become trained ambassadors who spearhead the inspirational programme. 

Social mobility matters to the Society. The first recipient of a full scholarship, the UCFB Reach Society scholarship, is expected to graduate in 2018. The Grace Foods and Reach Society scholarship is the latest social mobility offer designed to help a young Black man access Brunel University London, from September 2017. 
Reach Society’s policy is to evolve its model of social enterprise for the benefit of a growing number of young people each year. 

To mark this national honour a team from Reach Society attended the Queen's Garden Party at Buckingham Palace on 1st June.