Reach Society

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A member of Fair Education Alliance, The FEA

Reach Society News

2018 Recognition Awards & MBC Celebration Report
On Saturday, 20 October, in Russell Square, a capacity audience of 260 guests attended Reach Society's 7th Recognition Awards and 70th anniversary celebration of the modern Black community (or MBC) in the UK.
Durham University and Reach Society
Supported Progression Summer School 2018
Reach Society has invited Durham University to showcase the benefits of its innovative summer school to talented young people in the Black community. 
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. 

Forthcoming Events

  • 25/01/2019 6.30pm - Networking Conversation (at Palestra House, TfL)
  • 22/02/2019 6.30pm - Networking Conversation (at Palestra House)
  • 29/03/2019 6.30pm - Networking Conversation (at Brunel University)
  • 09/04/2019 10.00 - The 8th Careers Conference (Russell Square, London)
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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Martin P. Griffiths

Born in South East London to Jamaican parents, Martin is a consultant vascular and trauma surgeon at Barts Health NHS Trust where he is the Lead for Trauma Surgery, Educational Lead for Surgery, and the Trauma Network Lead for violence reduction.

He trained at the Medical School of St Bartholomew’s Hospital where he graduated with a distinction in Surgery. He has lived and worked in London most of his life.

He teaches undergraduate medical students at Barts & Brighton medical schools and teaches on the faculty of numerous courses at the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

He is a passionate advocate of diversity and equality, and has worked in the community to promote this matter for over 15 years. He was recently appointed as the first Ambassador to the Mary Seacole Trust. This charity celebrates the life and achievements of Mary Seacole, a Jamaican born nurse who treated troops in the Crimean War, and promotes her as a role model, tackling social challenges and inequality with a focus on youth engagement and the promotion of good citizenship.

He has been working with schools for 20 years to reduce gun and knife violence and was recently appointed to the Violent Crime Prevention Board, under the leadership of Dr Neville Lawrence. The VCP Board seek to challenge the attitudes around interpersonal injury in London.

He set up the first in country integrated ward-based violence reduction service at Barts Health supporting the victims of knife and gun injury, which has had spectacular success in reducing retaliation and violent reoffending in this group of vulnerable young people.

He was awarded the Hero Doctor Award at the 2018 NHS Heroes Awards, for his role in caring for people injured in last year's London Bridge terror attack. He was named by the Evening Standard as one of the 1000 Most Influential Londoners, and gave the keynote address at the NHS 70 celebration at Westminster Abbey this year.