UpRising in Birmingham!

We have been running programmes in Birmingham since 2010. 

We currently run the following programmes in Birmingham; 



Monday 13th March - Thursday 23rd March 2017, followed by ongoing support for 3 - 6 months.

Fastlaners is an eight day programme for 18-25 year olds who are looking to kick start their career.  The programme is designed to build confidence and knowledge, introduce participants to a range of potential employers and develop the skills needed to get that dream job. In addition to the personal development opportunities, participants meet professionals from a variety of industries, receive mentoring for 3-6 months and participate in mock interviews.

In 2016, we delivered 120 workshops and were supported by 169 speakers or facilitators.  We took participants to 51 different workplaces across the country, including to Lloyds Bank, Birmingham Children’s Hospital, PwC, John Lewis, ITV, Mayer Brown, Thomson Reuters, and IBM.

As a result…

  • 100% of participants said they were more confident

  • 73% were working in less than six months

  • 89% were either working or in training or volunteering in six months.

For more information, visit the Fastlaners Programme Page.


If you’re 18-25, live in one of our Fastlaners regions and want to build on your existing skills or qualifications, submit an expression of interest in the programme.  You will then be sent an electronic application form (please get in touch if you require this form in a different format or need assistance to complete your application).

Fastlaners Contact Details

Please get in touch if you have any questions or would like to speak to one of the team!  

Call Louise - Fastlaners Birmingham Project Manager - or 07467 148 168 | 0121 233 0252.

We’re looking for Birmingham peer mentors!

If you’re UpRising alumni and are interested in becoming one of our peer mentors in Birmingham for Fastlaners, we’d love to hear from you. All mentors will be trained and matched with mentees whose aspirations are similar to the experience of the mentors.

If this is you, we’d love to hear from you! Please contact Louise if you’d like to find out more and register as a mentor.

Louise Belsom, Fastlaners Birmingham Project Manager - or 07467 148 168 | 0121 233 0252.


UpRising Leadership Programme 

The UpRising Leadership Programme applications have now closed! 

The UpRising core leadership programme is our flagship programme. It is a nine month programme, involving ‘access behind the scenes’ sessions with some of the UK’s most senior leaders.  The core programme offers participants a unique first-hand view of the way that political, business, public sector and community organisations work together to shape our communities. Each participant is individually matched with a coach and a mentor who supports them on a one to one basis throughout their time on the programme.

All participants work with other UpRisers to design and deliver a social action campaign on a local issue they are passionate about.  As well as forming networks with senior figures, participants also build strong networks amongst their peers on the programme.

Through this programme we equip young people with the knowledge, networks, skills and confidence to reach their leadership potential and take social action on issues they care about.

Most sessions and workshops take place in the evening so that the programme can be fitted around work, study and other commitments.

Do you want to speak to someone in Birmingham about the Leadership Programme?

Call Mikayla (Birmingham Project Manager) on 0121 233 0252 | 07467 955145 or email us at

"UpRising has helped me understand my own potential. The amazing cohort we have had this year has inspired me in so many ways. I love that every session you get to speak to someone new and learn something different from them. The leaders we got to hear from showed us that change is possible and that belief is very important in yourself and larger causes. The social action campaign has made me learn that group work will always be challenging but opened my eyes to ways to conquer some communication issues and that team reliance is important to achieve your goal."

Lydia Richmond

"UpRising has given me true purpose and fulfilment in what I will now pursue in my entrepreneurial journey. What UpRising has also taught me is that if you see yourself as a leader, then the responsibility of change relies on you."

Romello Martin

"It was a pleasure to be part of UpRising and to spend time with such an interesting and engaging group of young people. I am sure that we would be more than happy to support UpRising again in the future."

Stephen Fitzgerald, Business in the Community

Take a look at this social action campaign - Own It

National organisations we work with in Birmingham: 



- Growling WLG 

Local organisations we work with: 

- Birmingham City Council

- Aston Villa FC

- BBC West Midlands


Schools Programme

UpRising Schools Programme is managed out of Birmingham, originating from our highly successful Pass It On programme. We work with schools, colleges and youth groups to deliver a range of interactive workshops. The programme takes many forms but is designed to provide students with practical transferable skills and develop confidence and resilience. Whether it is a 2-hour workshop a full day or a regular spot on the timetable, every workshop is bespoke and adapted to meet the needs of each group. Our costs are also adjusted to fit each group and session.

Do you want to speak to someone in Birmingham about the Schools Programme?

Call Louise (Schools Project Manager) on 0121 233 0252 or email us at



NCS is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for sixteen and seventeen year olds to develop their confidence, learn new skills, make new friends and learn more about making a difference in their community. The programme takes place during the school holidays in the autumn, spring and summer.

Do you want to speak to someone in Birmingham about the NCS Programme?

Call Craig (NCS Project Manager) on 0121 233 0252 / 07467 148164 



Birmingham Office

Unit 16, 102 Colmore Row
Birmingham, B3 3AG

T: 01212 330 252