The 2020/21 financial year posed many challenges for our charity, our mentees and ambassadors, and our mentors. Through it all we saw the resilience, determination, strength and friendship that radiates throughout our network. Despite the challenges the Covid-19 pandemic has presented, our mission has continued and the outcomes have been positive. During the financial year we supported more than 1,200 girls while our mentors delivered over 2,900 hours of mentoring.

"As might be expected, the 2020/21 financial year was the most uniquely challenging and testing year to date for The Girls’ Network. When the pandemic hit in 2020, we had no idea what this would do to our business model which, at the time, was dependent on face-to-face delivery.

"We are enormously grateful to the hard work and dedication of our team without whom we would not have been able to, within a few weeks of the first school closures in March 2020, quickly pivot to a virtual programme and to switch over 70% of our in-person mentoring programmes to virtual mentoring. This is an achievement that we are extremely proud of and which has laid the foundations for a process of adapting to the ongoing challenges." - Sue Rimmer OBE, Chair of the Board

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