Sponsor the delivery of one of our Programmes in the cities we already operate in. Or help us to expand further and sponsor the rollout to a new city or region? Partner organisations have sponsored whole Programme, alumni training packages and individual places. 

We’re also very happy to be considered for your Charity of the Year initiatives.  

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“[She was] absolutely inspirational! What’s been incredible is for someone like her to be genuinely interested in me and have belief in what I’m doing. People like her connect the human to the job; I want to be one of those people.” 

Kelly, UpRiser 2014-15 on being matched with her mentor, Gladys Rhodes-White OBE, then, Strategic Director for Children & Families at Manchester City Council.


Your Support Matters

Our research found (and sadly continues to find), that the people who represent our interests and lead our institutions do not always reflect the population of the UK today. The majority of those with power come from a narrow range of backgrounds, for example:


  • Worryingly, just under  3% of Britain’s most powerful and influential people are from black and minority ethnic groups (The Guardian)  


  • In business, just 8% of FTSE 100 directors are non-white (The Parker Review) and alarmingly, amongst the CEO’s of these big companies, there are more David’s, then there are women and earn 77% more than their female counterparts  (CIPD & High Pay Centre)


  • The stats are no better in the voluntary sector where only 6% of senior management and 8% of trustees in Britain’s 50 largest charities are BAME (Inclusive Boards)


  • When it come to education, in some of the key professions, the percentage of those who were privately educated is, for example, 74% of judges, 61% of those working in medicine and 51% of journalists. Across history, just 33% of all Oscar winners  and 37% of Nobel Prize winners went to a State school (The Sutton Trust)


However, young people from under-represented backgrounds are less likely to ‘get ahead’ and progress into leadership roles.

High-levels of poverty are associated with poor social outcomes, for example, disadvantaged children are more likely to face educational and behavioural problems when they are older (Sutton Trust). Whilst, white working-class boys from poor neighbourhoods face a ‘double-disadvantage’ of low family income and place poverty; significantly reducing their likelihood of academic study after GCSE (Sutton Trust).

Our ‘real’ unemployment rates have not yet recovered their pre-recession levels, and if people are employed, 23% of those jobs pay less than the living wage (ONS).

Young people need our support more than ever. This generation is still blighted by the aftermath of the recession and if you are from a poorer community, it is much harder for you to reach your potential, and this is the general consensus from young people too. Further research by the Social Mobility Commission in 2017 found that half of people believe that where you end up in society today is mainly determined by your background and who your parents are.

This creates a difficult cycle of un-representative leadership.

This is where UpRising steps in. We are creating a movement of new leaders who reflect the energy, talent and diversity of our country. We think that is pretty powerful and very exciting for our future.


"For me, [UpRising] was about bringing back my confident self. I still work within youth work, but now I'm in the People Referral Unit and I never thought I'd get into that department...[I want] to inspire and empower young women to be what they want to be. To break the gender stereotypes and encourage women to take risks and break the cycle"

Kamila (2014-15), Find Your Power and UpRising Leadership Programme.


Our Approach is Working

UpRising Programmes are proven to level the playing field for young people from disadvantaged and under-represented backgrounds.


Source: Demos 'The Power of UpRising Report', a two year evaluation of UpRising's work (2014-16)


As an incredible recognition of our impact, we were awarded with the ‘Impact Management Award’ at the inaugural Social Mobility Awards in October 2017.

If you want to fund change that really makes a long lasting difference to young people’s lives, then please, support UpRising and the under-represented young people and communities of the UK.


Where Your Money Will Go

UpRising is desperately needed. If you want to contribute to immediate change that impacts everybody’s lives in the long term - then support the UpRising charity today.

Your support could go towards supporting a whole cohort of talented, young people to go through our Programmes, or be instrumental in improving access and inclusion by providing travel money to participants.

The infographic below shows you just some of the ways in which your money can be spent.

To find out more about where your money can go, click here.

To find out more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact our Head of National Programmes and Grants at louise.belsom@uprising.org.uk.