As the year draws to a close, our Chief Executive Joel Lewis shares his reflections on 2021:
“What a year” – a phrase so often said but perhaps never before with the same emphasis.
This is how our outgoing Chair, Andrew Croft, opens our Annual Report for 2020 to 2021. It has certainly been a challenging year but, as we look forward to 2022, we would like to share some highlights with you.
2020-21 saw some incredibly exciting developments for the Foyer Federation, our network and the young people we work with. I am particularly proud of the following:
We saw an increase in positive outcomes for young people across all seven of our Theory of Change areas, despite such a difficult external environment. This included 83% making progress with housing (a 3% increase on the previous year) and 69% progressing in education - a fantastic 15% increase on 2019/20.
Our members demonstrated their commitment to Advantaged Thinking and the Foyer model, with an even higher number taking part in FOR Youth at 83% of the network.
The young people we work with displayed admirable tenacity and dedication, such as the young people who received Talent Bonds to further their passion and purpose. From gardening equipment to share a newfound passion with others, to kit and uniform for a beauty therapist and hairdresser in training, they continue to inspire and motivate us every day.
You can find more information on our challenges, achievements and ambitions for the future in our recently released 2020-21 annual report (which you can download here).
I'd also like to take this opportunity to welcome our new chair Alastair Wilson. We are excited to be heading into a new year with Ali's support and wisdom!
Finally, I would like to wish you a very merry Christmas and happy New Year.