Reach Society

Building Connections
A member of the Council of Leaders, The COL
A member of Fair Education Alliance, The FEA
Lloyds Bank Community Fund, 2012 Regional Winner
City & Islington College, 2014 Community Partner
BITC Race Equality Award, 2016 Highly Commended Award Winner

Reach Society News

CANDI's 4th Employability Day, January'17
Emeritus Professor Sir Geoff Palmer hosted the first series of talks entitled: "Meet a famous scientist," at Reach Society's 4th Employability Day on Friday, 27 January, at City and Islington College.
2016 Recognition Awards

On Saturday, 15 October, the 172 guests at Reach Society's 5th Recognition Awards listened to Kenneth Olisa, OBE, Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London who congratulated the professionals and corporates for supporting the Society’s inspirational programme for young people; he also stressed the importance of persistence as a key ingredient for success in life.

 

REACH SOCIETY HIGHLY COMMENDED AT UK RACE EQUALITY AWARDS

Reach Society has been recognised for developing equal and inclusive workplaces for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) employees by being Highly Commended in the Future Workforce Award category at the Business in the Community Race Equality Awards 2016

 

Forthcoming Events

  • 24/02/2017 6.30pm - Networking Conversation (at the Meeting Place)
  • 31/03/2017 6.30pm - Networking Conversation (at the Meeting Place)
  • 04/04/2017 10.00am - 6th Careers Conference - guest speakers: Mei Sim Lai, Founder, Lai Peters and Co, Accountants; Prof. Sir Geoff Palmer, Patron; Adam Reader, Managing Director, Grace Foods and corporate leaders tbc; plus professional Black men inspiring young people
  • 04/04/2017 6.30pm - Networking Conversation (at the Meeting Place)
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.
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Welcome

Welcome to Reach Society, the social enterprise that encourages, motivates and inspires black boys and young Black men to realise their potential and make viable transitions into adult life.

Reach Society was founded in October 2010 by a small group of friends who are professional Black men who had successfully navigated the social, economical and emotional challenges to develop from boys to men in the UK. Along the way they learnt the essential strategies needed to develop their potential to become useful contributors to their families, local communities and the wider society.

Soon these friends attracted other professional Black men to become leading contributors in Reach Society. By choosing to draw on their diverse personal experiences, educational qualifications and professional expertise the leaders of Reach Society are confident of their ability to encourage, motivate and inspire boys and young men from their cultural backgrounds to make similar transitions.

Reach Society will offer a range of services to generate income that will be used to cover all of its operational costs; and all net income will be directed into building the capacity of the social enterprise to sustain its work in the long term.

Our Services

The Reach Society services are tailored to be easy to understand by boys in their primary, secondary and tertiary stages of their personal development; and by young men in the process of entering adult life

At Reach Society we believe that Black boys and young Black men are born with unlimited potential. And that they, like all young people, need to be encouraged, motivated and inspired to discover their potential by taking the actions early that will lead to the formation of habits that are essential for the development of robust characters.

In Reach Society we fully understand the cultural, social and emotional factors that are ever present in the community and how they impact Black boys and young Black men. We also understand the development cycle of boys as they mature into men. Reach Society role models tend to be fathers who have successfully guided their children into adulthood; or they are actively doing so. Without exception, they will be trained in the unique EDILES methodology for inspiring boys and young men to take responsibility for their development.

So if your ambition is to help the boys or young men in your care to become viable members of the community and wider society, then Reach Society could have the right service and trained role models who could help you to achieve your objective.


The story of Reach Society

Dr John Anthony Roberts CBE, QC (1928 to 2016) Reach Society wishes to honour Dr John Roberts for a lifetime of service to his community as a legal expert, and he achieved many firsts. In 1992 he was the first Black person appointed by the British Government as a High Court judge of the Supreme Courts of the British Virgin Islands, and Anguilla, British West Indies. Born in Sierra Leone in May 1928, he was a keen sportsman and musician. He became an RAF pilot, served in the Civil Aviation Service in Sierra Leone and was a British civil servant. During this time he read law part time at the Inns of Court School of Law. He was called to the Bar (Gray's Inn) in 1969, becoming a Master of the Bench in 1996. He became a Member of Lincoln?s Inn in 1972. He was the first Black person to become the Head of Chambers in the UK and gave employment to BME and women from the 1970s. In addition to the English Bar, he was called to the Bars of ten other countries, namely: Jamaica (1973), Sierra Leone (1975), Trinidad & Tobago (1978), Bahamas (1984), St Kitts & Nevis (1988), Antigua (2002), Barbados (2002), Bermuda (2003), Anguilla (2006) and Grenada (2007). He received other accolades such as Honorary Citizen of Atlanta, Georgia, USA in 1991; Freeman of the City of London in 1996; Honorary Citizen of the British Virgin Islands in 2000; and Honorary Doctorate from City University in 1996. He was a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He was awarded Commander of the British Empire (or CBE) in 2011 for the Administration of Justice, Diversity and Equal Opportunities.