A year of challenge, hope, inspiration, and achievement: 2019-2020 in review

1 Jul 2020

2019-2020 has been a huge year for Break, seeing a lot of changes, challenges, and achievements. From opening new charity shops to planning new art trails, new projects for our young people to a new CEO, the past 12 months have had lots in store for us.

Covid-19 has been a significant hurdle for us to overcome, hitting us hard financially and having to alter the way we operate. Some staff have been working from home, our residential services have had to adapt, and all our charity shops were closed throughout the spring. Cows about Cambridge and GoGoDiscover were ready to adorn city streets with fantastic art, however like many things for people across the world, plans have had to be pushed back. We are excited for when things are safer and more ‘normal’ so we can get back to our innovative fundraising activities.

As with every year, we have changed the lives of a huge number of young people throughout 2019-2020. A third of our funding comes from our charitable income – this generous support is what makes us special and allows us to go above and beyond for the young people in our care. Over the past 12 months 100% of the children in our residential homes went on holiday, we’ve decorated homes and bedrooms to make our young people feel more at home, and we’ve thrown a celebration event to recognise and congratulate our young people on all they have achieved. It’s incredibly important to us that we don’t just provide the basics for our young people, instead making sure they have enriching and exciting opportunities available to them, as these are the things that make life so great.

Our post-care support project Staying Close, Staying Connected has gone from strength to strength, now with having 15 houses across Norfolk, Suffolk, and Cambridgeshire. Those in the project have flourished – we’ve funded eight people to learn to drive, nine people to join gyms or learn to swim, and we’ve been able to pay for six young people to develop themselves academically and professionally by providing them with tutoring or qualifications. Every £1 spent on the project saves £2 across social care, police, health services, and housing, showing that every penny makes a huge difference to young people and the tax payer.

Although the past year hasn’t been easy for us, we are incredibly proud of all we have achieved, how we have all banded together, and how brilliant our supporters have been through a very difficult time for all of us. We are ready for whatever the next year throws at us and cannot wait to make even more difference to the lives of those that need us across East Anglia.

To find out more about the amazing work Break has done this year, take a look at our Impact Report.