ReachOut is a charity that changes the lives of young people from disadvantaged communities in London and Manchester through one-to-one mentoring providing academic support and character education to help young people get a better start in life and go on to achieve future goals.
Set up in 1994 by a group of university students from Manchester, ReachOut started out with just 20 young people. Now it has expanded across Greater Manchester and into London, working with children in disadvantaged communities to raise aspirations.
Their mission statement is to improve self-confidence and develop numeracy, literacy, communication and memory skills whilst reinforcing our core values of fairness, self-control, good judgement and staying power, achieving this through one-to-one mentoring with positive role models and team activities to promote leadership, trust and responsibility.
They aim to make a real impact on the communities in which they work and their structured, focused programme gives over a thousand children every year the confidence and skills they need for a brighter future.
If you were interested in becoming a mentor for ReachOut, they ask that you give 1 or 2 hours a week for a minimum of 6 months and that you are committed, enthusiastic and positive. They will help you face the challenges of mentoring and get the most from your volunteering experience by providing comprehensive pre-programme training and continued support through their experienced project leaders. More information on becoming a mentor can be found here.
For more information, please visit the website.