Who we are

Catch22 is a social business. We design and deliver services that build resilience and aspiration in people and communities across the UK.

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Our vision is a strong society where everyone has good people around them, a purpose, and a good place to live. In 2015/16 we supported 44,090 people through our 138 services, across 144 locations all over the UK. Our 1,340 colleagues were supported in their vital work by 314 volunteers.

We’ve been a charity for 200 years. Today our 1600 colleagues 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.

Working from cradle to career

Catch22 works at every stage of the social welfare cycle, from cradle to career. This is important, because it gives us deep insight into the challenges and opportunities facing individuals today.

It means we’re better at getting people into the right jobs because we understand their background, motivation and how to build their skills. We’re better at improving the lives of children, young people and families because we understand the emotional and social issues that they face. We’re better at encouraging social action because we know how to unlock a young person’s potential. We’re better at running alternative education because we understand the challenging backgrounds our young people come from. It means that we’re better at rehabilitating and resettling because we understand why people offend – and the challenge they face gaining meaningful work when they rehabilitate.

All of this qualifies us to run public services because we understand how a cycle of all of these issues can affect a family and the communities they live in.