b'I am so grateful to still be involved with Youth Works and to provide my 2nd introduction to our annual report for April 2019 - March 2020. This year started on the high of our Ofsted inspection and ended with the challenge of COVID19. Throughout this, the commitment to our charitable aims of supporting the well-being of young people and promoting prevention and early intervention has been undaunted. The report outlines some of the achievements of the year and the difference the charitys work has made to the lives of our learners and clients and the wider benefits to the communities of Kettering and Corby. To receive a GOOD across the board in our first college inspection was fantastic and worth the hard work. The dedication and skill of the staff was evident, and the inspector appeared taken aback by what the learners told him: This school has turned my life around and I now know where my life is going. Despite a range of social, mental health and learning needs our learners have left with vocational qualifications and improved English and Maths. They also receive good independent careers advice - invaluable for their futures. Many keep in touch and love to visit - an indication of the respectful relationships they have made that have empowered and supported them. The REACH partnership with other Youth Counselling agencies has been a great collaboration and ensures coordination across the county.Trustees were concerned about our waiting list before Christmas due to the ongoing increase in demand. Fortunately, we applied for and received additional funding and our staff increased their hours to enable us to reduce the waiting time.The new year brought COVID 19 and our staff all stepped up to the challenge of lockdown highlighting once again their own skills, resilience and responsiveness.It has been an exciting year for new projectsin October we launched the Corby provision and who knew that our crisis cafes would be needed more than ever.The Horner Foundation funded the innovative SHACK sexual health projects, and Action for Happiness supported us to develop the Happier Families programme.Particular thanks to Vanessa King for sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm. All of these services help to reduce the stigma associated with mental health difficulties and make our communities happier places to be. The trustees/school governors have a demanding role and have continued to meet virtually to address all sorts of issues.Huge thanksto them all for increased work during the pandemic.We had to say goodbye to Joe Pullen, and we thank him for his help.We welcomed Claire Weston and Theresa Wright, who bring valuable knowledge and commitment to young people.Thanks also to all those who support us through fundraisingparticularly the Rotary Club, John Garner, Alan Irwin and Gareth Wright. Thanks to Keli Watts (Mayor of Kettering) and Nicholas Robertson (High Sheriff of Northamptonshire) for their encouragement andjoinIng the staff and learners for lunch.Thanks also to James Acaster for continuing to support us and for being an absolute all round good sport.Finallyalthough I do not usually mention individuals; I feel that thanks must go to Cindy Wrighting who made the safety of staff,learners and clients her highest priority and ensured the continuation of our vital services when many others were still waiting to see what would happen.She is definitely the person to have around in a crisis. I wish all the Youth Works family good health and wellbeing Our Chair, Siobhan Currie for the coming yearyes, we will get through this together!and our Patron, James AcasterSiobhan Currie, Chair of Trustees'