Our history


COVID19 compels Resurgo to pivot

COVID19 compels Resurgo to pivot

The COVID19 pandemic provides both challenge and opportunity. Resurgo partners with the Church Revitalisation Trust to launch Love Your Neighbour – a national church-led response to the COVID crisis, and works hard to provide a new digital offering of the Spear Programme.


2019 and beyond

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Resurgo seeks to expand its social impact across the UK through more Spear centres, Resurgo Ventures and Resurgo Consulting


First Spear centre outside of London opens in Brighton

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Resurgo partners with St Peter’s Brighton to launch the award-winning Spear programme in Brighton in September, the first Spear centre to open outside London. The centre’s work aims to change the lives of 90 young people from disadvantaged backgrounds each year.

Resurgo Consulting launches

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Resurgo Consulting launches, to provide coaching services to organisations to increase trust and improve outcomes,  through a flagship Coaching for Leadership Programme and bespoke offerings.

HM Queen honours Resurgo Founder with M.B.E.

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Resurgo founder Tom Jackson is appointed Member of the British Empire in Her Majesty the Queen’s Birthday Honours, for services to young people and the community.

Spear reaches 5,000 trainees

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By 2018, Spear is operating in eight different centres across London, and has reached a total of 5,000 trainees.

Resurgo Ventures Social Impact Accelerator launched

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First cohort of 7 entrepreneurs creating social impact in areas such as trafficking, suporting ex-offenders into work and addressing food poverty.

Resurgo celebrates 15 years!

Resurgo celebrates 15 years! This is an important milestone in the life of the organisation, and we’re so grateful to our supporters for making this possible.


Resurgo is awarded the prestigious Princess Royal Training Award

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Resurgo is chosen as a winner of the prestigious Princess Royal Training Award, which is given to organisations whose internal training is recognised to be of exceptional quality. Following an inspection by an independent assessor, we were thrilled to be named as a recipient, along with 40 other UK businesses and organisations.


Resurgo is listed as one of the UK’s Best Workplaces

Resurgo is ranked fourth in this year’s UK Best Workplaces Award in the Small Business category. Tom O’Byrne, Great Place to Work® CEO says: “It is a validation of the strength of [Resurgo’s] leadership and their commitment to creating the kind of culture where employees enjoy coming to work and want to do their best. The hallmark of a great workplace like Resurgo is that their policies and practices are designed around the employee; this employee focus helps attract and retain the talent essential for driving and sustaining competitive performance.”


Resurgo is awarded the ERSA Award

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Resurgo is awarded the ERSA Award for Services to Youth Unemployment, in recognition of the Spear programme. The ERSA Employability Awards seek to celebrate people and organisations working across the employment support sector to help jobseekers in their journey towards employment, including specialist employment support organisations, personal advisors, employers and jobseekers themselves.


Resurgo Ventures is launched

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Resurgo Ventures is launched, with a vision to start building a new generation of leading businesses looking to make an unbelievable difference in the world.


Resurgo wins the Guardian Charity Awards

Resurgo wins the Guardian Charity Awards for our strong contribution to social welfare, excellence and innovation among small and medium-sized charities

Former US President Jimmy Carter visits Resurgo Trust

In a delightful echo to our original inspiration, former US President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Jimmy Carter, visits Resurgo in honour of Nelson Mandela’s commitment to highly effective local community organisations. Resurgo was selected by The Elders, a group of global leaders gathered by Mandela, to work for peace and human rights.


Miranda Hart becomes Resurgo Ambassador

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Multi-award-winning comedian, actor and writer, Miranda Hart says “I’m honoured to be Resurgo’s Ambassador – the work is a huge inspiration to me and I hope you’ll join me by getting involved.”


1000 young people supported

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Two more Spear centres open, in Shepherd’s bush and Fulham, taking the total reach to 1,000 young people


David Cameron visits Spear Hammersmith

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David Cameron visits Spear Hammersmith, commenting: ‘I have seen at first hand the difference you are making, giving people the motivation and practical life skills they need to make a success of their lives.’

Resurgo Trust selected onto Impetus portfolio

Resurgo Trust receives an initial grant of £50,000, together with pro bono support


Spear’s second centre opens

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A second Spear centre opens on the World’s End estate in Chelsea.


Launch of first Spear Centre

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Following an extended period of planning and preparation, the first Spear programme is launched in Hammersmith.

Resurgo is constituted as a charitable company

Resurgo was constituted as a charitable company as co-founder Jo Rice joins the organisation.

Planning begins

A group of trustees from St.Paul’s Hammersmith began to gather together to create a charity which would provide advice and training to local people.


Our vision was born

Living in South Africa, Resurgo founder Tom Jackson was deeply struck by the example of Nelson Mandela and the spirit of “nation-building” he released in others. Tom encountered people creating jobs, building homes and volunteering in hospitals, to help the most disadvantaged change their lives. What would a similar movement of citizens look like to strengthen society in the UK?