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Our vision

Everyone needs the same three things to thrive. Our vision is a strong society where everyone has a good place to live, a purpose and good people around them.

The 3P’s | People, Place, Purpose

We believe it’s quite simple: access to these three basic things is fundamental to transforming lives and communities. All Catch22 services deliver at least one (and often all three) of these outcomes. We call these our 3P’s.

Good people

This is about putting the human connections and relationships back into public services. Our experience teaches us time and time again that what makes a difference in people’s lives are strong and meaningful relationships with good people who care. Whatever their needs, we surround our service users with a positive network of good people.

A good place to live

If a person has a good place to live, a community where they feel safe and at home, they can properly focus on making changes in the rest of their lives. This is also about encouraging and enabling communities to be more active and engaged, a vital first step in creating a thriving and prosperous society.

A purpose

Having something meaningful to do is essential for people trying to build better lives for themselves and their families. That could be a job, an apprenticeship, education, training or even a social action project that contributes positively to their communities. The sense of achievement and value that comes with purposeful activity helps people understand their own potential and opens the door to real opportunity.

Our vision

Our vision is a strong society where everyone has good people around them, a purpose, and a good place to live. In 2017/18 we supported 64,741 people through our 123 services all over the UK. Our 1,689 colleagues were supported in their vital work by 122 volunteers.

We’ve been a charity for 200 years. Today we work across children’s social care, deliver alternative education, get people into work through apprenticeships and employability programmes, build stronger communities through social action, and deliver social justice and rehabilitation services (in prisons and in the community). You can see a full list of our services here.

But we don’t just stop at changing lives on the frontline. We take any surplus and the learning from our delivery, and funnel that into public service reform – investing in new structures and programmes that do things differently and change the system for good.

Our Model

Catch22 changes lives by delivering frontline public services. We then take our experience and the surplus made from delivery, and reinvest it in piloting new ways of doing things.

Quality Delivery

We deliver services for young people, families and adults, across justice, social action, education and into employment. Our strong frontline delivery expertise not only changes lives, but gives us direct insight into how the system is working and what needs to change.


We invest in new ideas that will improve outcomes for our service users. We deliver reform through our existing services, in partnership with others and by building new organisations.