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London is where UpRising was born almost a decade ago in 2008, and where our head office is based. It’s our busiest locations, with Programmes running throughout the year as well as many other events that we host.

Current Programmes

Below are the projects that we're currently in London and their start dates. To find out more simply click on the programme.


Environmental Leadership Programme 
Applications for this years programmes open in August 2019. Programme starts in October 2019. Express your interest here


We have currently completed delivery for this years programmes. Please check back at a later date for further information. 


We are currently fundraising to run these programmes. You can help us reach out target by setting up regular giving or donating directly to the UpRising charity here.


“UpRising has helped me learn what kind of leader I want to be and what it means to be a one. The programme has been instrumental in making me more proactive in thinking about my future career and my potential to create real change in sectors that I care about, like education. UpRising has definitely helped me realise my potential and, more importantly, has given me the tools to utilise my potential."
Halema Khatun, Leadership Programme participant, London  

Our Friends

In London, 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:  Standard Chartered - Mayer Brown LLP - Unilever - Confederation of British Industry - Bain Capital  Accenture - Procter & Gamble - Virgin - Softwire - Barclays Eagle Labs - Lexis Nexis - Milkround - Goldman Sachs

Cultural:  Almeida Theatre - LLDC - Redmond Community Centre

Third:  Greenpeace - Amnesty - Equality Trust - Wildlife Trust - National Trust - Comic Relief - ELBA - Make Shift

Media: BBC - The Times - New Statesman - Guardian - Buzzfeed News - Thomson Reuters - Bauer Media

Education: Glasgow Caledonian University - University of East London - LSE- Birkbeck University  

Government: Tower Hamlets Council - Mayor of London - HMRC - Ministry of Justice - Cabinet Office - YouGov - Civil Service Faststream 

Trainers & Facilitators: Management Advantage -  Body Talk


Our London Programme 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 Guardian journalist
  • An ex-offender who is now a House of Commons intern
  • A Public Affairs Officer at Joseph Rowntree Foundation
  • An UpRiser selected as a World Economic Forum Global Shaper
  • A Mayor of London employee in the Mayor's Office working in the Criminal Justice Team
  • An advisor to the House of Lords on youth engagement issues
  • Prospective Parliamentary candidates for the Conservative and Labour parties
  • Founder of a youth-led media agency
  • A BFI award-winning filmmaker


"Since completing Fastlaners, I am more confident and proactive in finding the right job for me. After completing this programme I have learnt the skills and experience to make myself more employable."
Hanifa Islam, Fastlaners participant, London

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: mental health, youth service cuts, environmentalism and air pollution, community development via public gardens, lobbying to change the education system, tackling the narrative of homelessness and a trip to the Calais 'Jungle' to document personal refugees' stories.

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

The Team

  • Tawhida Aktar - Finance and IT Coordinator 
  • Kezia Pugh - Programme Coordinator 
  • Hafsa Ali - HR Coordinator 

“I’m always delighted to work with UpRisers – they tend to be bright, inquisitive and hungry for change – exactly the kind of people who are likely to make a  positive difference to our society now and in the future." 
Marcial Boo, CEO, Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority


If you would like to apply to be on any of our programmes in London please do so here.

For more information about either of our leadership programmes, or if you would like to be involved as a speaker please contact Rukaiya Jeraj on 

For more information about Fastlaners, or if you would like to be involved as a speaker please contact Andrew Crisp on