2023 marks 20 years since Resurgo was founded in West London by Revd Tom Jackson MBE and Jo Rice, who had a vision to bring lasting change to young people experiencing poverty who were not able to access the opportunities that were available to them. Watch our 20th-anniversary film here.
This month, we enrolled our 9,000th trainee onto our award-winning Spear Programme, which supports 16–24-year-olds facing barriers to employment with the skills and mindset they need to step into their full potential and thrive in work.
Delivered in partnership with Trinity Cheltenham, the programme will be pioneering a new phase in Spear’s development, by delivering a new and streamlined version.
Christopher Wagstaff, Centre Manager, says, “We are so excited to be launching Spear Cheltenham in January. We cannot wait to start welcoming young people and to work with them to realise their potential.”
With the desire to make the award-winning Spear Programme more accessible for young people all over the UK, Resurgo tailors a lighter-touch model, which we launch in Preston.
Resurgo partners with Christ Church, Clifton, to launch Spear Bristol, our fourth centre to open outside of London as part of our ambition to expand across the UK. Bristol’s Centre Manager says, “Being from Bristol myself, I always hoped we could bring Spear to this city, and I am so excited to see that become a reality.”
Resurgo sets itself strategic goals for this year with a new clear mission statement – to inspire and equip organisations to bring about ambitions and sustainable social change through our expertise in coaching, impact management and programme delivery.
… has worked with more than 27 clients, delivering over 2,160 hours of coaching to nearly 550 individuals. Clients spanned various sectors and industries from finance to healthcare.
17 years since our first Spear centre opened its doors in Hammersmith, we celebrate its 100th cohort of trainees. Since its inception, Spear Hammersmith and Fulham has supported more than 1400 young people, some of whom join this celebration to speak about their journeys since 2004.
Resurgo partners with LOVECHURCH to open a new Spear centre in Bournemouth, continuing our growth across the UK and allowing us to reach more young people facing different barriers to employment.
In response to the rise in unemployment stemming from the Covid19 crisis, Resurgo launches Re-Work. Taking our expertise in employment coaching from the Spear Programme, we partner with different churches to support adults who are experiencing unemployment.
Resurgo partners with Bridge Community Church to launch the Spear Programme in Leeds. This centre launches in line with Resurgo’s ambition to expand across the UK, to help change the lives of young people who are facing different barriers to getting into work or education.
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 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 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 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 wins the Guardian Charity Awards for our strong contribution to social welfare, excellence and innovation among small and medium-sized charities
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.
Resurgo Trust receives an initial grant of £50,000, together with pro bono support
Resurgo was constituted as a charitable company as co-founder Jo Rice joins the organisation.
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.
Living in South Africa, Resurgo Co-Founder Tom Jackson was struck by the example of Nelson Mandela and the spirit of “nation-building” he released in others. Tom encountered ordinary people that were inspired to create jobs, build homes and volunteer in hospitals, to help equip those facing challenging circumstances to change their lives. Upon return to the UK, Tom begins to consider – what might a similar movement of citizens look like to strengthen society in the UK?