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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Marva Rollins OBE

Marva Rollins retired from the role of executive head teacher in August 2019 after almost 25 years of leading primary schools in two inner city boroughs in London. She has been the recipient of three awards which recognised her contribution to education and the community: an honorary degree from the College of Teachers; the Windrush Education Champions; and an OBE for her contribution to education in January 2017. 


In 2009 the Evening Standard named her as one of the 1000 most influential people in London; and in 2011 she was featured in the Metro’s top 50 Black Heroes. Marva is the director of Rollins Education Consultancy Ltd which aims to support and strengthen the leadership in schools by helping future leaders to prepare for the senior leadership interview process, confidence building, coaching and mentoring.


Marva has served the community for almost 40 years, and is a founder member of community groups such as the Sickle Cell Society, the East London Black Women Organisation (ELBWO) and the Newham African Caribbean Centre. She is currently a trustee of the Success Club a charity which works with students, in schools and the community, on motivation and mindfulness. 


Marva has played a key role in increasing the percentage of Black and minority ethnic (or BME) educators by being one of the lead facilitators on two key programmes for these teachers: Investing in Diversity and Equal Access to Promotion. Both programmes have empowered many BME teachers to enhance their skills and knowledge, challenge the status quo, and achieve their aims.


Marva is a passionate supporter of Reach Society, a social enterprise, at the forefront of inspiring Black young people by giving them access to a wider range of professionals, entrepreneurs and leaders in the Black community. She is the mother of 3 adult sons and a grandmother. Sojourner Truth (an African American emancipation pioneer) is one of her role models; and she considers the Special Olympics motto: “Lord Let me win but if I cannot win let me be brave in the attempt” one that we can all learn from.