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What we do

Catch22 is a social business. Catch22 works with some of the most vulnerable people in society. We design and deliver services that build resilience and aspiration in people of all ages and within communities across the UK.

Catch22 works across several areas:

 

Justice

Offender management, violence reduction interventions, rehabilitation and victim services. Working with young people and adults, we provide intervention services in custody and in the community that are focused on building strong, consistent and trusting relationships to help unlock potential and make positive changes in life.

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Education

Alternative provision schools for pupils outside mainstream education. We provide high quality teaching and learning based on effective relationships which help young people to progress and succeed in sustained education or employment.

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Vocational Training and Employability

Apprenticeship programmes and initiatives to help people into work. We offer learning and training opportunities for students who don’t want to stay in a traditional academic environment and help those who have struggled to find work through conventional routes.

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Young People and Families

Child sexual and criminal exploitation services, mental health support, family intervention services. We work with young people and families in trouble, providing early intervention, targeted and specialist support services to those in crisis, leaving care, missing from home or with substance misuse or mental health problems.

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National Citizen Service (NCS)

We deliver a four-phase programme giving young people the opportunity to meet new friends, learn new skills and make a difference in their community. Participants improve communication skills, work in a team and develop as leaders, in line with the NCS aim of developing a more cohesive, engaged and responsible society.

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Other areas of work:

Reform

Catch22 is at the forefront of public service delivery. Our staff work in prisons, alternative provision schools, colleges, and in a range of community settings – improving the lives of thousands of people every year. And yet the systems within which they’re working too often prevent impact being as great as it could be. Social care, employment, health and justice systems are often too far removed from the people they serve. They are overly bureaucratic and transactional, and can end up failing those who need them most.

Our approach

Reform underpins all of Catch22’s activity; we’re constantly looking for ways to improve how public services are delivered such as:

  • building new governance structures to build the capacity of smaller organisations
  • designing and delivering innovative services that produce better outcomes
  • collaborating with commissioners and service users to design new ways of working
  • providing a platform for smaller charities that share our social mission and vision for public service reform
  • partnering in new ways with businesses to deliver social outcomes.

Ultimately, this activity allows us to build an evidence base we need to drive our end of game: government adoption of better public services.

 

Incubation Programme

Incubate, Accelerate, Amplify is a two year programme supporting social entrepreneurs with ideas that have the potential to improve how public services are delivered.

The programme, supported by the National Lottery Community Fund, includes a full-time salary to enable entrepreneurs to fully focus on the growth of their idea, guidance and feedback from Catch22’s frontline delivery partners and experts, and desk space and support in our head office. The social entrepreneurs we support are developing new approaches to ensure the wellbeing of young people and to overcome significant obstacles to employment, including those with learning disabilities or criminal convictions.

Our entrepreneurs work towards Catch22’s collective goal of giving every person the pathway to having good people around them, a fulfilling purpose, and a safe place to live.

Read more: what is a social business?