The Catch22 Fellowship

The first of its kind in the sector, Catch22's Fellowship showcases how bigger organisations can play a leading philanthropic role in innovation.

A platform to make change happen

The Catch22 Fellowship was established to support outstanding individuals who have already demonstrated success in tackling a social problem and foster the role that social entrepreneurship can play in disrupting and influencing systems.

Catch22 provides the Fellow with the living costs and infrastructure they need to scale their ideas and work with and influence others over an 18-month period. The aim is to provide the freedom needed to pursue opportunities for change, without the restrictions which come with running an organisation.

Our first Fellow: Dr. Charlie Howard (2014-2016)

Charlie-Howard-thumbnailDr. Charlie Howard, Founding Director of MAC-UK, is an award-winning clinical psychologist who has pioneered new ways of both thinking about and delivering mental health promotion and treatment to excluded young people.

Since launching MAC-UK in 2008, Charlie has pioneered an effective methodology for taking mental health services to young people in their local communities called ‘Streetherapy’. This method works with ‘state of mind’ as well as with social health inequalities and is led by young people. It is the core ingredient of the Integrate model which seeks to bring about wider systems change in the way in which professionals work together and services are delivered.

Unlocking barriers through partnership work

Charlie’s ultimate aim is to transform mental health services for excluded young people and she is passionate about doing this in partnership with others, as seen with MAC-UK which has developed its approaches with the local community, NHS and local authorities, unblocking many barriers along the way.

Via an innovative combination of entrepreneurial zeal and a philosophical appreciation of the importance of ‘agency’, Charlie used the Catch22 Fellowship to:

  • spend more time working at the policy and systems level across local and national government
  • co-found with a number of partners a national training academy which puts young people at the heart of training staff who are there to help them
  • continue to support a small number of crucial strategic objectives at MAC-UK
  • develop other policy thinkers with whom she could work alongside to transform services at a systems level.

Read the report outlining Charlie’s work over the term of her Fellowship. 

The future of the fellowship

Catch22 is committed to using our assets and resources to build capacity in others. If we are collaborative in what we do, our ability to affect positive change will be amplified beyond what can be achieved alone.

Contact Sarah Sinnott, Director of Partnerships, if you would like to find out more about the Fellowship.