Reach Society

Building Connections
Founded in 2010
A member of the Council of Leaders, The COL
A member of Fair Education Alliance, The FEA

Reach Society News

2019 Recognition Awards

On Saturday, 19 October, in Kensington a capacity audience of roughly 200 guests attended Reach Society's 8th Recognition Awards dinner. 

30 New Scholarships for British African Caribbean Students

The University of Glasgow's reparative justice programme will transform lives in the Black community.

The first project emerging from the collaboration between the University of Glasgow and Reach Society is the James McCune Smith Scholarships for British students of African Caribbean background who are admitted to undergraduate degree courses in 2019.

Employability Day in Leicester, 29 May
Young people, aged 10 to19, in Leicester 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 slightly more than two dozen local employers, large and small, at the first Employability Day held on 29 May 2019, on the campus of the University of Leicester.

Forthcoming Events

  • 29/11/2019 6.30pm - 10th Year Networking Conversation (at Palestra House)
  • 31/01/2020 6.30pm - 10th Year Networking Conversation (at Palestra House)
  • 28/02/2020 6.30pm - 10th Year Networking Conversation (at Palestra House)
  • 27/03/2020 6.30pm - 10th Year Networking Conversation (at Palestra House tbc)
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
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Our Heroes, By Us, For Us: The Story of Men and Women of Action Who Have Inspired the Black Community

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In 2017 Reach Society won the Queens Award for Voluntary Service (the QAVS) and it was also the year in which the first draft of the manuscript of the Society’s new book - Our Heroes, By Us, For Us - was written. After this historic year work resumed on the book which led to its completion this year.

It features more than 100 men and women of action who have championed a wide range of activities which have made life better for members of the Black community in the UK, and in some instances, in overseas countries which were either under the control of or had strong relationships with the UK.

In this book the extraordinary people featured are from the 19th and 20th centuries. Some are well known names like Baroness Patricia Scotland the serving Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Diane Abbott, the first Black female Labour MP, Lewis Hamilton the highest achieving British Formula 1 driver of all time, and Lord Herman Ouseley, the former chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality. Others are less well known, but nonetheless brilliant in their areas of influence such as Emeritus Professor Dame Elizabeth Anionwu, or Emeritus Professor Sir Geoff Palmer, the inventor of the Barley Abrasion Process which has given Britain a huge competitive advantage in the brewing industry for many decades.

The book also records the historic arrival of a person of African descent into the British Royal family, Meghan Merkle, the Duchess of Sussex, when she became the wife of Prince Harry in May of 2018. It also records the government’s decision to make 22 June Windrush Day for recognising the contribution of the Windrush Generation and their descendants in the 70th year of the UK’s modern Black community.

Anyone who wishes to gain a deeper appreciation of the actions taken by scores of the members of the Black community in Britain to transform the quality of our lives should read this book.

The authors are Dr Dwain Neil and Paula Neil.

ISBN: 978-0-9575624-3-1