Our Birmingham office has been open since 2010 and now runs the biggest range of Programmes in any of our regions.

Current Programmes

Leadership Programme - starts October 2019

Environmental Leadership Programme - starts October 2019

Fastlaners - delivering May 2019

Find Your Voice -  


"UpRising has given me true purpose and fulfilment in what I will now pursue in my entrepreneurial journey. What UpRising has also taught me is that if you see yourself as a leader, then the responsibility of change relies on you."
Romello Martin, Birmingham Leadership Programme 2015/16


Our Friends

In Birmingham, we work with a wide range of global, national and local organisations who deliver sessions on our Programmes, host visits or mentor our young participants. These include:


Corporate: KPMG - Gowling WLG - Birmingham Chamber of Commerce - Lloyds - Simkissguy

Cultural: - Beatfreeks - The Town Hall and Symphony Hall

Third: - Friends of the Earth - Greenpeace - Suited for Success - Groundwork UK - Birmingham and Black Country Wildlife Trust

Media: BBC West Midlands - Brum Radio - Sky - Switch Radio - Birmingham Updates

Education: Aston Business School - University of Birmingham - University College Birmingham

Government: Birmingham City Council 

Public: West Midlands Fire Service - Public Health Birmingham



Our Birmingham participants have gone onto achieve big things from getting jobs in world-renowned companies, moving onto education, starting businesses or joining trustee boards. For example:

  • A 2017 Forbes List of 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs addition

  • A Director of Policy and Strategic Relationships at the Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce

  • A founder of a Disability Consultation CIC

  • Two 2016 Future Leaders Award finalists

  • A former Development Planning and Policy Officer for the Government of Montserrat

  • A trustee for the Hippodrome Theatre

  • A 2016 Universal Peace Federation recipient of the Youth Achievement Award


Social Action

Whilst on the Programmes our UpRisers have developed and delivered a massive range of Social Action projects direct in their communities. Recent themes have included: improving intergenerational links in the community, gender equality, reducing people meat intake, mindfulness training, reducing food waste and raising awareness of climate refugees. 

You can see more Birmingham social action projects on our campaign site here.


The Team

Louise Belsom - National Programmes and Grants Manager

Mikayla Jones - Campaigns and Engagement Manager

Beth Cooke - Senior Programme Manager

Tara Buckley - Find Your Voice /  Surviving To Thriving Programme Manager

Cassis Symth - Find Your Voice /  Surviving To Thriving Programme Manager

Charlie Pendlebury - Programme Co-ordinator

Chyoma Walrond - HR and Operations Assistant 



"It was a pleasure to be part of UpRising and to spend time with such an interesting and engaging group of young people.”

Stephen Fitzgerald, Corporate Advisor, Business in the Community



If you are interested in one of our Birmingham Programmes, as a speaker or a participant simply drop Mikayla Jones a line at or to apply click here.