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Creating Opportunities: Partners and Funders

The Creating Opportunities programme is delivered by charities Catch22, The Prince’s Trust and Apprentice Nation, and is funded by the Home Office.

To find out more and make a referral, visit the Creating Opportunities landing page


About Catch 22

Catch22 is a social business, designing and delivering services that build resilience and aspiration in people and communities across the UK. Its vision is a strong society were everyone has good people around them, a purpose and a good place to live. Catch22 works across children’s social care, delivers alternative education, gets people into work through apprenticeships and employability programmes, and builds stronger communities through social action, social justice and rehabilitation services.

About The Prince’s Trust

Youth charity The Prince’s Trust helps young people to develop the confidence and skills they need to realise their ambitions, so that they can live, learn and earn. Founded by The Prince of Wales in 1976, the charity supports 11-30-year-olds who are unemployed, struggling at school and at risk of exclusion.

Many of the young people helped by The Trust are in or leaving care, facing issues such as homelessness, mental health problems, or have been in trouble with the law. The programmes offered by the charity give vulnerable young people the practical and financial support needed to stabilise their lives, helping develop self-esteem and skills for work. Three in four young people supported by The Prince’s Trust move into work, education or training. The Trust has helped over one million young people to date and supports over 100 more each day.

About Apprentice Nation

Apprentice Nation is a career development platform that uses the power of music to inspire young people to shape their future. Produced by RockCorps and Multiverse, supported by BT and Lucozade, the platform provides support in various formats; mixing learning with entertainment, inspiring youth to get career-ready through free concerts, live webinars and an on-demand learning series. Apprentice Nation works with authentic and credible music artists who not only perform at the concerts but also feature throughout the curriculum content, sharing their own career and life stories and advice.

In addition to gaining fundamental skills for the future, participants earn rewards for taking part in the gamified learning opportunities. Celebrating a wide range of career paths, the programme attracts a mix of young people from historically underrepresented backgrounds to help launch them toward a career they love. As of Spring 2021, the Apprentice Nation community is over 6,500 members.

About the Home Office

The first duty of the government is to keep citizens safe and the country secure. The Home Office plays a fundamental role in the security and economic prosperity of the UK. Reducing serious violence is a Government priority and action is needed to prevent people, particularly young people, from being drawn into violent crime. We know that young people need to be offered positive opportunities to develop their aspirations and skills. The aim of this programme is to build young people’s confidence in their assets and talent and to help them develop their skills, aspirations and career pathways.

About Shout 85258

We are proud to partner with Shout 85258 to offer free and confidential support to anyone who is feeling overwhelmed or is struggling to cope. Shout’s text message support service is silent, anonymous and available 24/7. Trained volunteers can help with issues including anxiety, abuse, loneliness, self-harm and suicide.

Text CO to 85258 for support, at any time of day or night.

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