At Catch22, we are focusing our campaigning work on a number of key areas. Find out about our recent work via the links below.
The need for access to devices and data is greater than ever.
Two million households are without access to the internet and 22% of the UK population lack basic digital skills. From increasing isolation amongst the elderly, to limiting education, digital exclusion is only growing existing social inequalities.
Having access to a device and being connected to the internet are essentials that our society cannot live without. Together with more than 35 charities and youth organisations, we wrote an open letter to MPs, calling for extended provision of digital devices and internet access for care leavers.
Catch22, Nominet and Livity have partnered on a year-long research project to gain deeper insights into the barriers to digital skills and access for some of the most disadvantaged groups in the UK, looking at the root causes for why so many young people remain excluded from work, specifically within digital roles.
In today's digital world, access to digital devices, skills, and data are key to being able to not only survive, but thrive online. Catch22 Head of Partnerships, Kat Dixon looks at why digital inclusion is key, and what sustainable solutions to tackling the digital skills divide could look like.
The online world presents huge opportunities for finding purpose, connection, and community. But it also presents significant risks.
It is a fast-moving space and the risks of online grooming and exposure to violence and trauma are rapidly growing. There is an urgent need to recognise what young people want to see to make for a safer online world. We will be using the insights from our early-stage consultation to conduct further research, influencing the development of future programmes and existing services.
The Catch22 Online Harms Consultation was launched in June 2020, acknowledging the increasing amount of time young people were spending online as a result of the lockdown. We received responses from young people, frontline professionals, from tech platforms and from commissioners on the challenges of online harms.
All our services must address the complex interactions of the online and offline world. Catch22 is focused on building a safer online world through prevention and intervention, and by creating safe ways for young people to communicate, express themselves, and positively connect with their communities, online and offline.
The Social Switch Project trains 1000 professionals
Teachers, police officers, and social workers are amongst the 1000 professionals across London have completed training in social media and online harms through The Social Switch Project. The Social Switch Project trains London’s youth workers, teachers, and social workers to support young people to thrive online.
Catch22 is building an immediate response to the youth unemployment crisis.
We are seeking forward-thinking partners to help young people facing barriers to work find training and employment. Together, we can help those with complex social barriers, where government schemes won’t be enough. We want to support 20,000 young people facing complex barriers to work into employment or training across Manchester, Liverpool, London and Birmingham over the next three years.
Incubated by charity and social business Catch22, we are bringing together purposeful employers and young people for Kickstart placements with a difference. We bring deep knowledge and networks in social innovation, building at scale, and policy.
Incorporating a volunteering element into our partnerships work is something we strive for with our employability programmes. In this blog, Development Coordinator, Milly Harrison, looks at the impact this has for both participant and volunteer, and explores how we have adapted to provide remote opportunities over the last year.
Step22 is a recruitment and training solution that gets great people into great jobs in the hospitality sector, funded by the apprenticeship levy.
Step22 helps businesses source and train great staff to significantly improve retention and staffing costs.
We work alongside young people and their carers to find a way of stabilising their lives.
Support is provided to people who find themselves in a range of circumstances; they may be missing from home or have emotional, housing or substance misuse issues. We also support families where parents/carers are experiencing domestic abuse, substance misuse, emotional issues, homelessness or unemployment.
All children are vulnerable as they are reliant on being cared for, but not all children will be exposed to risk which preys on their vulnerability. In March, Catch22 provided a video response to the Lord's Public Service Committee inquiry into the role public services in addressing childhood vulnerability. Here, you can watch our video submission, or read a transcript of our response.
The Independent Review of Children’s Social Care says the current system often weakens rather than strengthens a child’s support networks, depriving them of long-term relationships. Responding to the report, Catch22 CEO Chris Wright, shared his insights.
Catch22 approaches child exploitation (including county lines) and missing using the same model – and in fact, we find that when these services are commissioned together, we’re able to have far more impact. Our key workers build holistic trusting relationships through individual and therapeutic support, group activities, and signposting to other services.
Our resettlement and gangs services supported approximately 35,000 people in custody in 2019/20.
Our work in prisons is informed by our understanding of the whole system – we understand the barriers to rehabilitation and the opportunities to intervene early. We care about giving people with convictions a better future, but also supporting victims. We recently submitted evidence on the "Future of the Probation Service" using our expertise in this area.
Despite the challenges of 2020, over the last year the Catch22 Justice teams have engaged with 44,981 individuals across its services. The 2019/20 Justice Annual Review looks in more detail at the difference this has made across services including offender management, resettlement, victims services, violence reduction and gangs.
Catch22 has been awarded 9 contracts to deliver personal wellbeing support for prison leavers on licence, those requiring post-sentence supervision and those serving community or suspended sentences. The contracts form part of the Ministry of Justice’s Commissioned Rehabilitative Services.
Catch22 has been successful in securing funding as part of a cross-government project to improve outcomes for prison leavers. The Ministry of Justice’s Local Leadership and Integration Fund (LLIF) supports locally-led pilots and Catch22 will focus on the London region.
We are intent on delivering our frontline services well – then capturing the experience and learning from our service delivery. This enables us to argue from a position of strength how public services can be better designed and delivered, achieving better outcomes for those who use them. Ultimately, this activity allows us to build an evidence base we need to drive our end of game: government adoption of better public services.
In 2021, Catch22 and Hatch Enterprise are coming together to launch the CatchXHatch Procurement Accelerator. Our goal is to support social ventures to win public sector contracts. Selected ventures will participate in an intensive year-long programme, followed by six months of post-programme support.
We want to be in the best shape to support those most vulnerable as the country rebuilds. Catch22 has become the newest addition to the Social Business Trust's portfolio. SBT will support us to achieve our ambition of becoming the engine room of public service innovation in the UK.
Catch22's Review of the Year 2020 reflects the collective efforts of our colleagues, partners, funders and commissioners to deliver services and support individuals across the country. This report demonstrates the impact that has been made on lives and communities over the last year.