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Turning Despair into Hope: End of year report 2020-21

20 Sep 2021

This week is Leicestershire Cares Week, when our team works with our business members and other partners to celebrate the great work we have done in partnership over the last year.

To kick off the celebrations, we are delighted to share our end of year report: Turning Despair Into Hope. This covers our work between July 2020 and June 2021 at the height of the pandemic, and demonstrates how creativity, agility, kindness and empathy can mobilise the community to support those in need and ensure no one is left behind.

Kieran Breen, CEO of Leicestershire Cares, said:

I am very proud of the creative and agile way our staff, business volunteers, community and local government partners worked to together to tackle the challenges faced by our communities over the last year. It has been very pleasing to see so many local business partners stepping up to share skills, knowledge and resources with young people and community partners. In many ways the work we have been developing is a blueprint for a successful “Build Back Better” and “Levelling Up” approach to economic and community development.

Whilst it has been good to be nominated for and win awards for our work, our real reward has been seeing our #TogetherWeCan approach turn “despair into hope” and show what can be achieved when community, business and local government work in partnership to ensure nobody is left behind.

Kieran Breen, CEO of Leicestershire Cares

You can download and read our end of year report here.

Follow our social media for more information about Leicestershire Cares Week, as we'll be celebrating key successes throughout the week. In particular, look out for updates from our annual awards celebration, taking place on Wednesday 22 September at Winstanley House.

As always, a huge thank you to our business members, partners and young people for all their hard work and support. We couldn't do it without you!