We are pleased to share our Impact report for 2020, and proud of what we achieved in what was such a challenging year due to the pandemic.
Like many organisations we tailored the support we provide and how we work to maximise our impact and ensure that we could continue to reach young women during lockdown. These changes were vital as young women who were already facing inequalities were hit hard by the pandemic.
In this blog we present some of our successes from 2020. None of which would have been possible without the generosity of all our supporters, an incredibly capable and resilient staff team and passionate and dedicated young women who have worked with us in all we do.
We set up an Emergency Fund to distribute money quickly to young women who needed it most during the pandemic so they could buy food and other essential items. We raised funds to support 2,500 young women and worked with referral partners to distribute the grants via a network of over 100 frontline women’s services.
Work It Out
Through our free coaching and job application feedback service Work It Out, we supported an amazing 3,690 young women.
Half of these young women started a new job, training or volunteering. 94% said our support was helpful to building skills and stronger mental health.
Policy, influencing and research
We launched our No Young Woman Left Behind campaign to ensure young women receive the support they need in the pandemic.
We supported young women to speak directly to politicians and through the media. We also published our report Picking up the pieces, which found that over 1.5 million young women had lost income since the pandemic, with many claiming benefits for the first time.
Young women’s participation
In 2020 young women’s contributions to our work have been immense. Across the year they have
- Shaped our strategy
- Worked as peer researchers
- Supported the development of our new website
- Shared their experiences with MPs and the media
As the country starts to recover from the pandemic, our work fighting for economic justice for young women will continue. In 2021 we will continue work to ensure that no young woman is left behind.