Reach Society

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

Reach Society News

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.
2019 Report of the 8th Careers Conference

On Tuesday, 9th April, Reach Society once again showcased talent in the Black community at its 8th Careers Conference. The attendance reached a new record of more than 1700 young people aged 13 to 24, and some parents. The turnout was a 50 percent increase on the year before.

Forthcoming Events

  • 27/09/2019 6.30pm - Networking Conversation (at Palestra House)
  • 19/10/2019 7.30pm - 8th Recognition Awards Dinner
  • 25/10/2019 6.30pm - Networking Conversation (at Palestra House, TfL)
  • 29/11/2019 6.30pm - Networking Conversation (at 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
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About Us

Reach Society was conceived by Donald Palmer, Rob Neil and Dwain Neil who discussed their concerns about the government's decision to end the grant funding of the national REACH role model programme after three years. Each of them had been involved with the programme and saw its positive impact on Black boys and young Black men; and so they knew that something needed to be done to maintain this work that was transforming young lives.

Once they had conceived a model for Reach Society they lead a series of conversations with serving role models in order to identify other professional Black men who felt the same way; to test whether they would choose to continue to help boys and young men from their cultural backgrounds; and test whether they could work with the Reach Society model. In this way a movement of Black professional men choosing to help boys and young men was initiated.


Our vision is to ensure that every Black boy and young Black man becomes aware of the Reach Society, and is able to make a positive connection with one or more of its role models of Black professional men.


The Reach Society motto is "building connections."

This motto captures the spirit of the work that the Black professional men have chosen to undertake. It is our belief that only through the building of viable connections that our boys and young men will discover and learn what is required to succeed in adult life.

The Black community is rich in male pioneers and achievers; and the Reach Society ambition is to make it easy for our boys and young men to see them, to hear from them, to touch them and to be inspired by them; and in so doing Reach Society will nurture and increase their appetite and drive for self-development and achievement from an early age.

Core purpose

The core purpose of the Reach Society is to encourage, motivate and inspire our boys and young men to own the development of their potential and make viable transitions into adult life.

Core principles

The Reach Society core principles are described in the four Cs - Clarity of focus; Communication; Connection; and Control. The core principles provide a high level indication of standards at the heart of the work that the Black professional men have chosen to undertake.

Management team

The Reach Society management team of seven professionals is responsible for the strategic framework that guides the work done through the three distinct programmes around networking, representation and foundation building - each of which is lead by a director.

Networking programme

The Reach Society networking programme is designed around a set of features that include building amity between Black professional men; exercising thought leadership on the corrosive issues that impact Black boys and young Black men; and contributing to the movement of Black professional men who are choosing to interact positively with boys and young men from their cultural backgrounds.

Representation programme

The Reach Society representation programme is designed around a set of features that include training of Black professional men in the unique EDILES methodology for sharing our core message; showcasing the impact of trained Reach Society role models; and recognising the work of local mentoring groups, parents and carers.

Foundation programme

The Reach Society foundation programme is designed around a set of features that include the use of a set of services for generating income by independent effort; a diverse range of fundraising activities involving Black professional men, their families and friends; building long term relationships through a comprehensive programme that recognises significant contributors; and the creation of a Reach Society Foundation that will be the principle entity for establishing a financially robust and sustainable social enterprise.