Partnerships and Commissions

Partnerships and Commissions


We regularly partner with a wide range of organisations on co-branded projects, training, research initiatives, bespoke Programmes design, campaigns or workshops - that all match our core values of breaking down the barriers to leadership and employment for young people, making a positive difference in our communities and helping to reverse the UK’s unrepresentative leadership landscape.  


From government departments or working with corporate teams and engaging big business to local youth groups or charities and universities - the scope for partnership with UpRising is huge - and we can work to all kinds of budgets.


This page offers information on how we work with business, including:

If you are Interested in Finding Out More, you will find contact details below.


Our Services and Costs

Training: Our experienced programme managers and youth workers will work with you to tailor a project based on our tried and tested programme curriculums. We can offer a one-off workshop, a module or full programme of activity, this could be focused on leadership, social action or from a wide selection of training activities that we offer. We’ll also throw in our expert delivery teams to facilitate the training.


Campaigns, Focus Groups & Consultation: With a decade’s worth of experience working at the forefront of youth social mobility, diversity and inclusion issues and how to solve them - we are well versed when it comes to reaching, recruiting, training and developing diverse and underrepresented talent.


School Workshops: We work with schools, colleges and youth groups to deliver a range of bespoke workshops to support your learners to reach their potential. The programme takes many forms but is designed to provide students with transferable skills and develop confidence and resilience. We focus on main topics such as: 

  • Leadership development
  • Social action
  • Democratic engagement
  • Digital storytelling
  • Study and revision skills/stress management
  • Transition into older years 


We can also look at how you engage the communities you serve or help you to develop your diversity or CSR agendas - the possibilities are endless. On top of that, our diverse alumni, over three thousand of them in the UK, have been through UpRising’s world-class development programmes and have the knowledge, networks, skills and confidence to help your business develop.


Contact Alex Wrack, Head of Programmes, to discuss your budget.


Recent Projects


Campaign Workshops 2018 // The West Midlands Youth Police and Crime Commissioners 

In 2018, UpRising has been working with the Youth Police and Crime Commissioners. The Commissioners explored various issues within the West Midlands before deciding to launch two campaigns addressing different areas concerning drugs. The campaigns focus on peer pressure and giving young people alternative means to enjoy themselves without taking drugs.

UpRising trained all of the Commissioners regarding their campaigns. We made issue trees to get to grips with the key issues they were concerned with. We went through story telling, setting goals and how they will measure their impact. Another UpRising staff member will also be sitting on the Dragon's Den panel on the 21st August 2018 assessing the commissioner's leadership skills as they pitch their campaigns and how much progress they have made since starting in March.

We are grateful to key figures such as Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner, Ashley Bertie, who took part in the UpRising campaign surgery to make sure the commissioners were well supported. 

You can read more about the partnership here



‘Register to Vote’, 2015, 2016 and 2017 // The Cabinet Office & #TurnUp

In the run up to the General Election 15 and EU Referendum 16 we were commissioned by the Cabinet Office to design and deliver campaigns to encourage people to Register to Vote.  We created a hard-hitting viral campaigns and ‘action days’ across the UK lead by our amazing UpRisers.



In the recent general election, we hooked up with the Bite The Ballot’s #TurnUp campaign to rouse turn out. This included a bunch of our UpRisers editing Sky News for the day and the news channel visiting Manchester to see our young people hit the streets and encourage registrations to vote on deadline day.

The Guardian also jumped on board and covered the campaign not once, but twice.

We’re so pleased our hard work paid off, as the last election saw the highest youth turnout in any election over the last  25 years!


‘Supporting Roma Voice’  // Salford University & BHA for Equality

Over Summer 2016 we delivered a mini Leadership Programme for participants on the ‘Supporting Roma Voice’ (SRV) project. SRV was developed to support the inclusion of Central and Eastern European Roma populations in the UK, through a rights-based approach to gathering evidence and developing advocacy and leadership.


Social Action: Making a Start on Making a Difference // PwC North West

In Spring 2017 we delivered a workshop to a group of employees at PwC in Manchester as part of the company’s volunteering initiative ‘One Firm One Day’. The session explored what social action is, and what the team could do to start making a direct and positive difference in their own communities.


Social Action & Campaigning // University of Birmingham

In 2016 we worked with first and second year Liberal Arts & Sciences students at Birmingham University to produce a documentary to influence policy change. In the same year we then delivered two bespoke modules on social action and campaigning as part of the student’s relation Work, Wealth & Wellbeing theme of that semester.


“The campaigning skills I have learnt from this module are ones I have found incredibly valuable and helped me understand the work of many groups who work to bring about change.”

UoB LAS Student 2016


‘Learn to Lead’ // Factory Youth Zone

The fantastic Factory Youth Zone approached us in 2016 to deliver the social action campaign training element of their 6 week Leadership Programme for young people ages 14-19 from North Manchester. Their Programme ran until 2017.


Schools Workshops // RSA Academies

UpRising can deliver workshops in schools in any of our programme regions. We would also consider delivering beyond those areas too.

The RSA Academies is just one of the organisations we have worked with to provide workshops in schools. Students learned to build practical tools for work, further study and volunteering, and could use social action sessions to provide case studies for EPQ, DofE and community projects. 

"UpRising has been instrumental to the success of the RSA Academies 'RSA8' Leadership Project. As their aims and ethos are so in tune with what we wanted to achieve, it felt like the perfect partnership! From leadership qualities, action planning to measuring impact and success, they were able to offer quality provision for every aspect of the project."

Arvind Batra, Community Development and Student Leadership Coordinator, RSA Family of Academies. 


Interested in Finding Out More?

We’re always up for hearing your ideas and talk to us about prices.

Email Alex Wrack our Head of Programmes and let’s have a chat.