A message from Raleigh CEO, Stacey Adams

21st December 2017

The festive period is a time where many of us will be stopping to give thanks. So, I would like to take the opportunity to thank our fantastic volunteers, alumni, staff, and partners. Once again, you have all gone above and beyond to deliver our programmes, empowering young people and helping create lasting change in communities around the world.

Our inspirational volunteers. Over 1,500 volunteers from around the world have taken part in our Expedition and ICS programmes in 2017, working alongside rural communities in our four delivery countries.

Our outstanding alumni. We have more than 44,000 alumni in over 90 countries. For many volunteers, the end of a Raleigh programme is just the beginning of a journey. In the UK, volunteers have given more than 570 days of their time helping us recruit and train new volunteers. Around the world our 11 national societies have also continued to support our mission and this year we also welcomed Raleigh Mongolia to the family and attended our Asia societies conference in Hong Kong.

Our dedicated staff. In the UK, Malaysian Borneo, Tanzania, Nicaragua and Costa Rica, and Nepal, we have staff who work around the clock – quite literally and not just in terms of time zones – to deliver our programmes and ensure the safety of our volunteers.

Our amazing partners. With the support of partners and funders who value our work, we are able to achieve far more together than we would do alone.

2017 has been another challenging and eventful year around the world. However, at Raleigh we have many achievements to look back and be proud of:

  • 2017 was the first full year of our new strategy, ‘Young people driving sustainable development’. Our ambitious approach to sustainable development over the next four years has further clarified Raleigh’s mission and ensured that we are placing young people at the heart of developing, delivering and measuring our work.
  • We marked 30 years since our first Expedition in Malaysian Borneo. Over the past three decades, thousands of volunteers have enabled us to complete some incredible projects there. Read some of their stories here.
  • A new independent pilot study from NEF Consulting examined the long-term impact of our Expedition on host country volunteers. It found measurable increases in important soft skills – and more importantly that these changes were sustained over time – which allowed volunteers to thrive after Raleigh.
  • We published our 2016 impact report, highlighting the achievements of our young people, volunteers, alumni and staff. It shows how young people working in partnership with civil society, the private sector, government and, most importantly, their own communities, can help to tackle global problems of poverty and development.
  • We celebrated the success of our Youth for Green Growth projects in Tanzania and Nicaragua.
  • We appointed a new Chair of the Board of Trustees, Dr Khalid Koser MBE. His belief in the values and mission of Raleigh have been clear from the start. You can read an insightful interview with him here: “Empowered young people can achieve anything”.
  • We continued to strengthen our links with the corporate and business worlds. We welcomed new partnerships with Hirebase-Buildbase and RB (formerly known as Reckitt Benckiser). Our existing partnerships also went from strength to strength, with employees from Google delivering further skills based volunteering and our partnership with BNP Paribas (Suisse) being nominated for a prestigious BOND award. We also gained new institutional funders, including Jersey Overseas Aid.

I was lucky enough to celebrate ten years as CEO this year. Every day I am inspired by the very clear mission of what we, as Raleigh, are trying to achieve, and by the people that get behind it and want to be part of it.

Our work in 2017 would not have been possible without you and we look forward to working with many of you again in the new year.

Best wishes,

Stacey Adams