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Suffolk Positive Futures: Annual Report 2021-2022

A young man is shown how to box by a coach using a punch bag.

This report looks back on what was achieved by Suffolk Positive Futures over the past 12 months. A year in which despite coming out of restrictions we have again been able to work with and support hundreds of young people and demonstrate an ability to be agile, flexible and responsive to the needs of those we work with, whether it is those who participate in our services or those who commission us.

“I have seen first-hand the positive impact that Suffolk Positive Futures can have on young people. The project offers young people a positive alternative to crime and violence, giving them positive role models and an opportunity to gain qualifications. It is a chance to set them on the right path to be a good citizen and make a positive contribution to Suffolk.”

– Tim Passmore, Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner

In the last year:

  • 1,187 young people have attended the project
  • Over 1,100 hours of activity have been delivered
  • 11,782 attendances to the project

Suffolk Positive Futures

Catch22 Suffolk Positive Futures aims to transform young people’s lives and have a significant impact on reducing crime and youth violence in local communities, while promoting positive emotional wellbeing.

Suffolk Positive Futures attempts to make Suffolk a safer place by engaging with and directly delivering interventions to young people. These interventions focus on outreach sport sessions that are available on a young person’s doorstep in the communities most at need. The project also delivers alternative curriculum provision in schools.

Since 2013 the project has been supported by the Office of the Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner. The service currently contributes to the Police and Crime Plan for Suffolk 2022-2025, linked to crime and ASB. The Project also contributes to achieving social and health benefits for young people across Suffolk.

The service

Catch22 Suffolk Positive Futures is designed to reach young people on their streets, on their estates, at times when they are most in need. Over the last nineteen years the project has been transforming young people’s lives and having a significant impact in some of the most deprived communities in Suffolk. The project does this by providing long-term support to vulnerable 10-19 year olds at risk of crime and ASB.

The project delivers an ‘early intervention’ approach to tackling crime and anti-social behaviour by providing a compelling alternative. The project contributes to a number of key priorities in relation to making Suffolk a safer area for all by:

  • diverting young people from involvement in ASB and gang related activity, especially the young people on the periphery of this activity
  • supporting local communities to tackle ASB, through engagement and diversion
  • addressing the risk factors and strengthening the protective factors to enable young people to choose leadership and positive community action instead of crime
  • reducing crime and, by preventing offending and anti-social behaviour, decreasing demand for frontline criminal justice services

The project’s main tool to achieving the above is through the delivery of sports-based activity. The emphasis is on providing the activity at the right place, the right time and at the right price (free). Activities that have been tried and tested within the programme include football, cricket, dodgeball, fitness sessions, boxing and dance. Holiday hunger projects and summer diversionary projects also further support our aims, as well as delivering sports leadership qualifications, drug and alcohol, and healthy living awareness raising sessions.

The staffing structure of the project includes the employment of 2 full time permanent staff (Project Manager & Project Coordinator) and approximately 15 sessional staff (Sports coaches). The staff are on the ground, they know the areas; they know the community, and they are trusted. The service is funded through a wide variety of funding partners including the Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner, local authorities, charitable foundations and sports based organisations.

The project also utilises volunteers in the project. Often our volunteers have been service users, who want to give something back to the project and the community. Based on the positive impact the service has and for the many years we’ve been delivering the project, we believe that young people who have a firm stake in their community are less likely to commit crime or to engage in anti-social behaviour.

Key aspects of our service are:

  • an innovative approach to delivering services that includes operating outside standard service hours e.g. Friday night provision when traditional youth provision is closed in hotspot areas when anti-social behaviour levels are high
  • relevant settings for services e.g. community centres, sports centres, parks and schools / pupil referral units.


A forward looking social business, Catch22 has over 200 years’ experience of providing services that help people in tough situations to turn their lives around. Our programmes help those we work with to steer clear of crime or substance misuse, do the best they can in school or college and develop skills for work, live independently on leaving care or custody, gain new skills and confidence as parents, and play a full part in their community. Our goal is to deliver social benefit by turning chaotic lives around.

Staff involved in the service

  • Service Manager, Young People and Families: Glen Winterbourne
  • Suffolk Positive Futures Manager: Paul Knight
  • Suffolk Positive Futures Coordinator: Mike Chaplin
  • Sessional sports coaches x15

The above staff members are qualified and experienced Catch22 Practitioners in delivering and leading community sport projects. The key to the service is sessional sports coaches who bring a range of skills, experiences and knowledge to provide a service to meet service users’ needs and support them in achieving their full potential. All Catch22 staff receive regular supervision, with ongoing training / development relevant to their role.


All Catch22 staff attend Safeguarding Training with 2 yearly refreshers as standard, sharing any concerns in line with Suffolk Safeguarding Partnership and Catch22 procedures as required. We work alongside our partners in their efforts to safeguard young people and inform them of any concerns or referrals made as appropriate.

Outcomes of service

  • Young People in local communities making positive decisions
  • Reduction in ASB levels
  • Exit routes into other provision / volunteering /employment opportunities
  • Young People integrating with their local community
  • Social return on investment


For the period April 2021 to March 2022 the project was able to demonstrate that through partnership working and the submission of successful funding bids, for every £1 invested from the Suffolk Police & Crime Commissioner, £0.89p of additional funding has been secured by the project, ensuring the impact of the PCC’s investment goes further and is felt wider across the county.

The project ensures that the funding received from the Suffolk PCC goes further and that value for money is evidenced. The PCC funding is used to underpin the programme, which then opens up wider opportunities to access community grants and trusts where funding can be specifically focused on delivery, providing a greater likelihood of bid success. This is used to levy in additional funding both locally and nationally in order to deliver more activity, work with more young people and ultimately have a bigger impact in local communities and the county as a whole.

In the past 12 months the project has secured funding from 14 organisations both locally and nationally who trust the project, have invested in it, know that it achieves results and has such an impact on young people. Many of whom have been repeat funders:

  • Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner: 50%
  • Local Authorities (including SCC, IBC, East Suffolk and West Suffolk): 30%
  • National sports charities (Streetgames and Sport England): 9%
  • Foundations, trusts and grants including Suffolk Community Foundation: 5%
  • Miscellaneous (including schools, county sports partnerships, voluntary sector, and sports clubs): 6%
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