16 Jul 2020
As we approach the end of the academic term we’d like to share our reflections and achievements from the last few months at Endeavour.
Throughout the ongoing Covid-19 (coronavirus) situation we have remained focus on our mission to develop and empower young people. It’s been of vital importance that we protect and keep safe both the young people we work with and our full staff team.
Although some of our staff have been furloughed, and many of our activities and fundraising events have been cancelled, we’ve been busy keeping connected with young people and their families, and ensuring that our charity is sustainable for the new future that is emerging.
Here are some of the achievements we’ve been proud of this term, and some of our plans that are starting to become a reality due to the support of our existing and new funders.
- We’ve continued to keep the Endeavour Centre open on a part-time basis, for partner organisations to make use of our training kitchen and minibuses. This has enabled them to prepare and deliver over 10,000 healthy meals to those who need them across the city.
- We’ve kept in touch with all our existing students and their families through weekly welfare calls, helping them to resolve any problems or queries they have with their education or other needs. All our families were offered access to the meal delivery service due to problems buying food during the lockdown period.
- We provided weekly work packs for students, with tutors delivering them direct to their homes whilst maintaining safe social distancing and additional cleaning practices.
- This support has resulted in all our Year 11 students being offered a college place for September 2020. This is an amazing achievement for them and us during such an uncertain period. We wish them all the success in the future.
We are extremely grateful for the emergency funding that has been awarded to Endeavour from:
- South Yorkshire Community Foundation
- Sport England
- National Lottery Heritage Fund
These funds have ensured we can keep paying all our financial commitments as well as helping us invest in laptops for our core staff who needed to work from home.
Our CEO, Duncan Pearse has been liaising with all our existing funders, and some potential new ones, and regularly reported back to our Board of Trustees who have provided valuable virtual support during this period. Duncan said:
“It is great to be able to report that as a result of our actions taken to respond to the pandemic, Endeavour has been able to adapt to the situation, support the young people we work with and their families, and contribute to the wider community support through partnership working.”
We’ve been delighted to welcome our new Finance Director, Rachel Stockton, who started with us one month into lockdown for the most “interesting and diverse” induction period she’s ever experienced.
Rachel has worked tirelessly to ensure the financial position of the organisation as we approach our year-end in September.
We are now starting to look forward to some of Endeavour’s future growth plans with the recruitment of a new Director of Education post as currently advertised on our Jobs page.
So whilst we continue to operate in what are often stressful and worrying times for many, we are committed to continuing Endeavour’s work because…
… we passionately believe that the support we give young people today, will create a better society for tomorrow.