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.
Over the last few months, I've been planting my "SPIKE" seeds wherever I go around the globe, whether it be in schools, SMEs, large corporations, with entrepreneurs, MBA students and now I'm starting to hear quiet rumbles 'what is Spike, who is Spike, where can I find these Spikes?'
Pulling into Waverley train station in Edinburgh signalled the arrival of Reach Society in Scotland. The name of this station is also the title of the first novel by Sir Walter Scott, reputed to be the William Shakespeare of Scotland; and it is fitting that just 3 minutes’ walk away is a very large statue of him within the Scott monument.
There 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
SCC for Parents
The project - Smart-Children-Clubs for parents - is supported by The Royal Navy.
Each newly formed Smart-Children-Club that tells us why their Club is extra-ordinary will be entered into our draw; and the winner will receive a gift box containing the recommended publications filled with helpful hints and tips that are designed to inform and help parents in the art of guiding the development of their children from birth:
The Outliers, the story of success by Malcolm Gladwell
The rules of parenting by Richard Templar
Parents as first teachers (booklet) by Dr Keith Davidson
The gift box, sponsored by The Royal Navy, also contains information on Welbeck College, which uniquely pays university tuition fees for its students from low income families, and a comprehensive history of The Royal Navy.
Known SCC winners in 2012 are:
SCC in West London: Christiana says,"Our Smart Children Club is special because it provides 'food for thought' for the busy parents and carers who join us for discussion. What makes our club special is the fact that we teach and advise each other on social issues affecting our community, in a non-judgmental way"
SCC in North London: June says, "Our Smart Children Club for adults is special because we cover a range of issues affecting the educational development of our children and young people; and after each meeting we feel better informed than when we started."