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We're UK Social Mobility Award Winners!

We're UK Social Mobility Award Winners!

October 13, 2017

We are delighted to announce that UpRising won the Award for Impact Management at last night’s inaugural UK Social Mobility Awards.


The Awards celebrate and recognise the forward-thinking organisations and people that are working to advance the huge and pressing issue of social mobility.  


Rushanara Ali MP for Bethnal Green and Bow who is Co-founder and Chair of UpRising said,


“The government’s race disparity audit findings released last week underlined how far there is to travel if we are to tackle race and class inequality as well as the lack of social mobility. The facts are well-known and now we need action to tackle these unacceptable disparities. UpRising’s proven model improves the knowledge, skills, confidence and networks of young people from diverse backgrounds to ensure they can fulfil their potential and contribute in the world of work and in wider society.


The Impact Management Award, presented last night by the BBC’s Steph McGovern to Lucy Caldicott, the Chief Executive of UpRising, commends the incredible impact that our Programmes have on the young people are involved with them.


During 2014 - 2016, we worked with Demos to revitalise the way we measure how our work addresses the problem of unrepresentative leadership. Our impact report proved that our UpRisers have increased knowledge, confidence networks, skills  and job prospects as a direct result of taking part in UpRising Programmes.


For example, Fastlaners, which is aimed at graduates who are unemployed or under-employed for over six months, sees 89% gaining meaningful work within six months. Demos also tracked a group of UpRising alumni to see what they were doing following the Leadership programme. Over one in four now serve as a trustee or board member for a charity, 25% have gone on to set up their own social enterprise, and more than 80% feel they are able to have an impact on the world around them.


UpRising Chief Executive Lucy Caldicott says that this Award is a fantastic way to recognise the power of UpRising, she adds,


“We are over the moon to be acknowledged for the hard and often difficult work our teams deliver, to break the unfair cycle of unrepresentative leadership in the UK. Our innovative work with Demos has ensured that we can measure and provide evidence of the  impact we have on  young people’s lives and we are proud to have been recognised for this.”


The awards, conceived by Tunde Banjoko of Making the Leap, and sponsored by PwC and the RAF, received an impressive array of entries. The judging panel included prominent figures from business, charity, politics and the public sector and was chaired by Ken Olisa OBE  HM Lord Lieutenant of London.


Other organisations who won on the night include the Civil Service Fast Stream - Opportunity Network and KPMG.


You can read more about the Awards and fellow nominees on the UK Social Mobility Awards website here and see photos from the night here