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


Grace Foods UK, the UK’s leading supplier of Caribbean food and drink, is marking its first successful collaborative scholarship with Brunel University London by announcing a second scholarship.
The scholarship, in conjunction with the Reach Society, is to address an under-representation of male Black British students from a Caribbean background in the UK’s undergraduate population, and will provide financial support to fully cover the cost of tuition at Brunel University London.
The scholarship will be known as ‘The Grace Foods and Reach Society Scholarship’ and comes into effect at the start of the next academic year in September 2018.
“After the success of the first scholarship, it is a privilege that we can offer the opportunity for a second student to benefit from a place at one of London’s most prestigious universities. At Grace we recognise our heritage and are proud to be able to support another student realise their potential and ambitions,” says Adam Reader, Managing Director of Grace Foods UK.
The scholarship offered by Grace Foods UK will be providing a paid internship of up to 10 weeks, at the end of the first or second year for the successful candidate.
In addition, Grace Foods UK will offer one female candidate or undergraduate, at Brunel, an internship to develop their skills and experience. Details of this will be advertised to Brunel University London students later in the year.
Dr Dwain A. Neil, Chairman, of the Reach Society, added: “We are delighted to be able to continue this social mobility project for a talented British young man of Caribbean background; plus introduce an internship at Grace Foods for a talented young woman from the same background.”
Grace Foods will commit to funding one third of the cost of the undergraduate’s annual fees for up to three years, although students undertaking courses including a year’s placement can also apply. Brunel will contribute a further two thirds of the fees, resulting in a full fee waiver.
Brunel’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Bill Leahy, added: “We are delighted to continue our partnership with a large and prestigious employer Grace Foods, and a leading community group Reach Society to offer both a scholarship and opportunities for career advancement.”
Students wishing to apply for the scholarship should contact Dr Dwain A. Neil at the Reach Society via email – or telephone – 07949 431992.