Reach Society

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Reach Society News

GRACE FOODS ANNOUNCES BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON SCHOLARSHIP
Grace Foods UK, the UK’s leading supplier of Caribbean food and drink, is marking its first successful collaborative scholarship with Brunel University London by announcing a second scholarship.
2018 Careers Conference Report

On Tuesday, 4th April, Reach Society once again showcased talent in the Black community in its 7th Careers Conference. The climax of the day was the announcement of the second full scholarship for a British young man of Caribbean background seeking entry to Brunel University London in September 2018; and the new summer internship at Grace Foods for a British young woman, of the same background, who is studying at Brunel University. 

Employability Day in Wolverhampton

Young people, aged 14 to16, in Wolverhampton and nearby areas, and their parents and carers, had the opportunity to gain invaluable information, advice and guidance from roughly two dozen professionals, from the local Black community, and a similar number of local employers at the Employability Day held on 22 February, in the iconic Molineux stadium.

Forthcoming Events

  • 28/09/2018 6.30pm - Networking Conversation (Transport for London, Palestra House)
  • 20/10/2018 19.30pm - 7th Recognition Awards Dinner and 70th MBC Anniversary Celebration - guest speakers incl. Dr Victor Olisa, QPM Ex MPS Borough Commander; Lord Herman Ouseley, Chairman, KIO; and Patrick Vernon, OBE and Windrush Day Campaign Champion
  • 26/10/2018 6.30pm - Networking Conversation (Transport for London, Palestra House)
  • 30/11/2018 6.30pm - Networking Conversation (Transport for London, 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

Mixed Blessings from a Cambridge Union

Bestselling memoirs of Professor Dame Elizabeth Nneka Anionwu, DBE CBE FRCN PhD, Emeritus Professor of Nursing, University of West London.
Summary of book

'It’s 1947 and a clever, sheltered Catholic girl of Liverpool Irish working class heritage is studying Classics at Newnham College, Cambridge. She is the first one in her family to go to university – and then she discovers that she’s pregnant. The father is also a student at Cambridge, studying law. And he is African.

The fallout from their affair is dramatic, but despite pressure to give up her baby for adoption, the young woman has other ideas. Their daughter Elizabeth grows up to be a Professor of Nursing at the University of West London – but there are many twists and turns along the way.

What does it mean to be mixed race in Britain? Who are you when told that your origins are ‘half Nigerian, half Irish’? Who are you, growing up as a child in care for nine years, experiencing physical abuse from your stepfather and not finding your Nigerian father until the age of 24?

This incredible story charts a roller coaster journey from the English Midlands to Nigeria, and from suburban health visiting to political activism and radical nursing. This includes campaigning on issues from sickle cell to a statue for Mary Seacole. At the same time it brings social history to life – think ‘Philomena meets Barack Obama’s Dreams From My Father’!

This is a heart-warming and inspiring book about childhood, searching for identity, family, friendship, hope and what makes us who we are.'  


Available on Amazon as a paperback (£14.99) and an e-book (£6.99).
 
Twitter: @EAnionwu