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Inspiring Connections gives individuals from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to build self-confidence and find access into networks that lead to fulfilling and sustainable career paths – through gaining social capital. The programme is unique because not only does it bring volunteers (Social Capital Advocates) together with individuals (Candidates) seeking personal development and access to business networks; Advocates then support Candidates to identify and develop the skills and capacities necessary to build their own social capital. Where the opportunity exists, Advocates will advocate on Candidate’s behalf to help them get a foot in the door of a career opportunity.

Our participants


Your commitment

Candidates and Advocates are expected to be able to attend six 2.5 hours sessions that are held fortnightly at Catch22's head office in Old Street. The first session of 2020 will be held Tuesday 21st April, running fortnightly at 6:00pm-8:30pm finishing Tuesday 30th June. Please contact the programme manager if you can't make any of these dates.

The Programme aims will be achieved by:

This course has made me want to volunteer again as a mentor. A mixture of sharing my life experiences and our collective discussions made me feel that we collectively helped a group of wonderful candidates move forward with their aspirations.

Inspiring Connections Advocate


It was just confidence-building the whole time we were there, every month. It’s the fact that you get to talk to people who are well connected, and now I can bring those skills to future meetings with professionals when I meet them.

Inspiring Connections Candidate


Candidates will be supported throughout this journey.


Hear what our past Candidates and Advocates have to say about the programme..


Inspiring Connections is delivered in partnership with Catch22 and the following organisations


Find out more about the programme

Ismael Hayden, Catch22 | Programme Manager |