I have been reflecting upon some of the events that Getaway Girls delivered this year. Some I attended and some I didn’t. It amazes me though that the team has the strength and passion to deliver so much in a single year. Ultimately, and most importantly the staff team have engaged with many girls & young women with such passion to make a difference when times are difficult.

It has been fantastic to see Getaway Girls profile expand across the city with our amazing projects being displayed in the Leeds Museum, White Cloth Gallery and Trinity Shopping Centre. I was ecstatic to be in the privileged position to be amongst the audience when Getaway Girls was shortlisted for Leeds Child Friendly City overall contribution Award. It was a proud moment to attend with the girls and staff to watch the promotional video allowing me to embellish in the amazing achievements which Getaway Girls have undertaken this past year.

Getaway Girls have achieved a great deal this year supporting 685 vulnerable girls and young women aged 11-25, delivering a number of successful projects, which are included within this year’s report. I’m always excited as to what Getaway Girls delivers, however this year I am particularly interested in how we can build on upon the new partnerships developed to drive forward an inclusive city wide project delivered through Women’s Lives Leeds designed to empower women and girls to lead healthier, safer and more fulfilled Lives.