“Yet, although many of us are facing these issues, we are not being impacted equally. For so many, these aren’t new issues, nor new inequities. Such struggles are all too familiar and have been heavily exacerbated in 2020.
“Amidst all the turmoil, however, what has shone through is a real strength, willingness, and commitment to support one another and to be brave, welcome innovation, and be open to collaboration.
“I think of our own activity at The Wood Foundation and how we had to adapt, manage pressure, and be nimble amidst uncertainty. How we had to grapple with what we could control and let go of what we couldn’t. How we evolved our strategies while remaining true to our organisational values. All while deliberately redefining who we were as a team and how we supported one another through professional and personal challenge.
“Our projects, programmes, and partnerships look different from what we intended or imagined in January but, by no means perfect, hold true to ambition. Whether that be our commitment to empowering young people and supporting local communities through YPI and its lockdown adaptation Your Community Fund; maintaining a progressive discourse centred on education system change through Excelerate; maximising digital opportunities to further mobilise and energise teacher professional learning focused on STEM education through RAiSE; or being a sensitive, flexible funder and partner to those partners we value.