Do you have an idea to make the world a better place?

Interested in training to become a Future Charity Leader?

upReach, the 2019 Charity of the Year (<£1m), are running a competition to identify future leaders in the charity sector. The winner receives a paid internship, with fast-track to an Assessment Centre for the upReach Future Charity Leaders Programme (FCLP). The FCLP is a unique 2.5 year graduate scheme combining rotations in key areas of charity management, with supporting university students on upReach’s personalised employability programmes.

In 500 words, tell us about your idea to have an impact on society:
  • What is the problem in society that you’d like to solve?
  • What actions would you take to address this, and how might you fund it?
  • How would your impact be measured and evaluated?

The winner gets a 3 week paid internship (Living Wage) at upReach, in London or Manchester, with an opportunity to fast track to the FCLP assessment centre. Runners up receive the opportunity to be mentored by a senior charity leader.

upReach welcome submissions from recent graduates, career changers or students. Your ideas to solve issues in society can be related to social mobility or any other topic.

As part of our commitment to support and promote workplace diversity, we will be reviewing submitted entries using a name blind process. Only one entry per person will be accepted. The judges’ decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Find more information on our Competition Flyer and apply below by midday on 5th February 2020.

Applications to this competition are now closed. Thank you for your interest.

We are thrilled to announce that the Winner of the upReach Charity Ideas Competition is… Amy Campbell! 

The climate crisis is the single biggest issue we face globally. ‘Treequent Flyers’ is an innovative plan to leverage the continuing increase in air travel to fund environmental projects.

Amy has been offered a paid internship at upReach this summer, as well as a Mentor to help her realise her aspirations in making this idea a reality.

Congratulations to our runners-up!

They will all be matched with a Senior Charity Leader as their mentor, who will provide support to develop their inspirational Charity Ideas. You can find a short summary of each excellent initiative below.

Rebecca Folan – In collaboration with youth projects, fake news workshops aim to reach a range of young people to arm them with the critical internet literacy skills needed to navigate misinformation online.

Kelechi Matthias – In order to improve trust between the black community and Mental Health services in the UK, “Afro-Caribbean Pathways into Mental Health” aims to encourage people from Afro-Caribbean backgrounds into mental health professions.

Betty Welch – LGBTQ+ youth community dance programmes led by youth workers and volunteer dance students will provide a space for expression, friendships, support and education.

Layla Kouara – The idea is to form a long-standing mentorship scheme that operates in Yorkshire schools with a high percentage of free school meals, to ultimately break the cyclical nature of economic inequality.Thank you again to everyone who participated in this competition!