Catch22 include PPP West London provides education, mentoring, counselling, family support, accredited learning and work-related learning.
Education is delivered through individualised packages that meets very specific needs. Learners may have complex needs including social, emotional and mental health needs (SEMH) and autism spectrum disorders (ASD). We also support learners who have just arrived in the country and who are hard to place.
We offer a child-centred, holistic approach to education, moving away from mainstream methods with which learners have had difficulties in the past. Through the provision of an alternative educational experience, the behaviour of learners is transformed, allowing them to access the curriculum both socially and academically.
We have 60 places for learners in years 9, 10, 11 and 12 across three sites in Brentford, Acton and Ladbroke Grove.
Learners can follow an intensive GCSE pathway or a project GCSE pathway. Groups of 15 learners are led by a key worker (group and family worker) with input from a teacher and mentor. The focus is on unblocking the various barriers to learning with which each young person struggles, releasing their potential.
Learners have the opportunity to undertake Gateway diplomas and awards, as well as vocational courses in construction, catering and screen printing. They also have access to fortnightly sessions with a Connexions personal adviser.
The staff team work closely with families to reinforce the work with learners in school and at home. This is key to sustaining a learner’s behavioural improvements, so they can make the most of opportunities available to them. We also run a mentoring course, parenting workshops and community projects, all of which offer support to parents, carers and the wider community.
Youth Transition Network
The Youth Transition Network (YTN) is aimed at 16 to 24-year-olds from Ealing, Hounslow, Hammersmith & Fulham and surrounding boroughs.
Funded for three years by the Big Lottery Youth in Focus initiative, we are partnering with Action West London to provide intensive one-to-one support for young people who are about to leave or who have already left custodial institutes in the past 12 months or who are leaving care.
Our aim is twofold:
- We assist young people in gaining employment, training and educational opportunities. Through one-to-one personalised action plans and regular meetings we assess literacy, numeracy, IT and employability skills and progress the young people through job readiness sessions, focusing particularly on CV preparation, interviews, job search and understanding the expectations of employers
- We encourage and support young people to build up their own network of contacts and organisations in their boroughs and confidently access services that can assist with any barriers to education, training and employment.