We are thrilled to be celebrating Reach’s 35th birthday next week. For 35 years we have been placing skilled volunteers into the organisations who need them and to mark this anniversary, we have been searching the archives and examining our 35-year journey. An example of that journey is our logo evolution above.
To give you a bit of history, Reach was founded by Nicholas Crace in 1979 to utilise “the growing pool of unused executive talent at a time when voluntary organisations were crying out for managerial skills”. This quote was taken from the first Annual Report in 1979/1980 and our remit and core values have not changed much since then – we help third sector organisations by unlocking the skills of passionate and committed people. Often the volunteers registered with us are placed into smaller charities where their expertise make the most difference and their impact can be enormous:
‘Thank you for the diversity and calibre of the candidates that Reach offered. These people really do make a significant difference to our charity.’
The Hunger Project UK
Over the coming weeks, we will be remembering some of our achievements and talking about some of the people we have worked with over our 35 year history. You will hear from Janet Thorne, Reach’s CEO, and Nicholas Crace who created Reach all the way back in 1979.
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Visit our website at www.reachskills.org.uk where you can find out about our work, register as a skilled volunteer or if you run an organisation, discover how you could benefit from the skills of one of the 2000 volunteers on our database.
We look forward to working with you over the next (hopefully!) 35 years and beyond.