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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

Employability Day in Wolverhampton

Young people, aged 14 to16, in Wolverhampton 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 a similar number of local employers at the Employability Day held on 22 February, in the iconic Molineux stadium.

The event, the first of its kind in the City, was organised by the Foundation for Reach Society in association with the Wesleyan Holiness Church, in order to demonstrate how the young people could be inspired via ready access to professionals and employers. Slightly more than 200 young people and parents registered for this employability experience.

The attendees could enjoy two themed workshops, and had access to a panel of professionals, from the Black community, which included Brian Mitchell, CFO, Grace Foods UK; Cllr Sandra Samuels, City of Wolverhampton; Lorna McGregor, Deputy Headteacher; Dr Petula Nurse, Senior Lecturer, University of Wolverhampton; Keith Fraser, retired West Midlands Police Service; and Bishop Llewellyn Graham, CEO, Nehemiah Housing Association.

The attendees interacted with a cohort of slightly more than 20 exhibitors on the day which included the TSB; Grace Foods UK; KPMG; HS2 and its National College for High Speed Rail; the University of Wolverhampton; the University of Worcester; 4 training providers such as the Black Country Consortium, EEF, In-Comm Training and Connexions; and the uniformed services for the defense of the nation – the British Army, the Royal Air Force, the Royal Navy and Welbeck College.

Other significant exhibitors present were the African Caribbean Community Initiative (the ACCI), RAFFA, Midland Metro Alliance, the West Midland Ambulance Service, the West Midland UTC, Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, and Reach Society.

Richard Cooper, a director of the Foundation for Reach Society, said: “The pilot project undertaken with the Wesleyan Holiness Church has taken more than 9 months from concept to delivery. It attracted local Black professionals and employers to support the idea; and reached out to young people and their parents or carers to register for the event. The positive response from all stakeholders on the day is confirmation that an inspirational event of this type can add value to the beneficiaries.”

The Foundation for Reach Society is the outreach team from Reach Society which was set up as a social enterprise in 2010 to encourage, motivate and inspire young people, especially those from the Black community, to raise their educational attainment via greater contact with professionals.

Dwain Neil, chairman of Reach Society, said: “The whole point of today’s Employability Day was to demonstrate that the model of inspirational events pioneered in London over 7 years, could be tailored to suit the City of Wolverhampton, and indeed to fit other urban areas across the UK.”


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