Reach Society

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

Reach Society News

2018 Is Our 70th Anniversary
In 2018 Reach Society celebrates the 70th year, the platinum anniversary, of the modern Black community (or MBC) in the UK, which began with the arrival of the 492 Windrush pioneers in 1948.
2017 Recognition Awards & QAVS Report
On Saturday, 21 October, more than 220 guests at Reach Society's 6th Recognition Awards celebrated the Society’s national honour, The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service or QAVS (which is also known as the MBE for volunteer groups) which was won last June. This was a historic achievement because Reach Society became the first social enterprise, led by a team of male professionals in the Black community, to win this national honour.
Rene Carayol - SPIKE is Here!
Over the last few months, I've been planting my "SPIKE" seeds wherever I go around the globe, whether it be in schools, SMEs, large corporations, with entrepreneurs, MBA students and now I'm starting to hear quiet rumbles 'what is Spike, who is Spike, where can I find these Spikes?'

Forthcoming Events

  • 26/01/2018 6.30pm - Networking Conversation - Venue: Black Cultural Archives, Brixton Square, SW2 1EF
  • 20/02/2018 10.00am - 5th Employability Day, CANDI
  • 22/02/2018 11.00am - Wolverhampton Employability Day
  • 23/02/2018 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.

 

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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John Budu-Aggrey, Managing Director, Alpha BSE Training

 

Mr John Budu-Aggrey is a professional building and civil engineer with extensive experience in new build, restoration, refurbishment and conversion activities.

 

He worked as a project manager in Liberia for the United Nations for 8 years in the mid-1970s on a project called “Self-help Village Development Programme” which is aimed at helping rural residents to acquire life skills and alleviate poverty.

 

For more than ten years, 1984 to1995, John worked as a project engineer in many countries with a number of world class construction organisations including Sir Robert    McAlpine, Mowlem Construction and John Laings Construction. John was awarded “Best Engineer of the Year” at Sir Robert McAlpine in three consecutive years from 1987.

 

After years of delivering projects, and inventing and developing new practices in the construction and engineering sectors, John decided that his real passion was in the training and developing of people with employable skills in the building engineering industry.

 

Consequently, in 2002 he set up Alpha BSE Training (formally known as Euro Bright) which delivered construction and engineering training programmes to more than two hundred students a day. Thousands of local residents, in boroughs east of London, have benefited from these training programmes which have helped them to gain employment and transform their lives.

 

In 2012, John became a trust member for London Design & Engineering UTC. This new University Technical College is intended to provide education and technical vocational training for young people, aged 14 to 19