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Action Packed Launch



VIP guests including Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Paddy Tipping are attending a summer showcase in Kirkby-in-Ashfield next week (Monday 19th August) for the launch of young people’s activities in the area and to learn more about social action initiatives involving young people from Nottingham.

The Catch22 summer showcase event will also give young people aged 10 to 19 a chance to try everything from street dancing to mural painting and provide them with information about the activity programme for the coming year.

Following the launch, Catch22’s staff team will be working in Kirkby, Sutton and Hucknall, providing activities for young people and offering them the chance to get involved in social initiatives. Catch22’s outreach teams will also be out in the areas on a weekly basis to help young people with employment, health, social and training issues.

Catch22’s national youth crime prevention programme ‘Positive Futures’ was funded by the Home Office and delivered locally by projects in communities across England and Wales. Nottinghamshire PCC Paddy Tipping is providing funds to help Catch22 continue its work in the county as central funding for Positive Futures came to end in March 2013. Additional support is being given by Ashfield Community Safety Partnership for the programme in its district.

Young people are given the chance to develop the skills needed to get on to a positive career path and take on roles to become active and responsible citizens, such as through volunteering and mentoring and a range of activities including football, radio DJing and planter building.

At the Ashfield showcase, open to young people on Monday August 19 from 11am to 2pm at Community Centrepoint + on Diamond Avenue in Kirkby, activities will include a bike workshop, a radio DJ workshop, bird box and planter making, a healthy living sketch and there will be drink and refreshments on offer.

Alfie Smith, who heads up the Catch22 team in Ashfield, said: “We hope to see plenty of young people at the event; we have a wide range of activities to suit boys and girls throughout the age group we cater for. Although this is in Kirkby we will be providing details of what is on offer in other parts of Ashfield.

“We hope our VIP guests enjoy the event too, seeing how we work and what some of the young people we have supported in the past have achieved. It should be a great showcase and celebration and above all fun for all.”

Young people aged from 10 to 19 are welcome to just turn up on the day but can make contact through facebook at positivefuturesnottingham or text Alfie Smith on 07872 421865.


Further details from Sue Grief

Write Away! 07786 437288 sue.grief@virgin.net

About Catch22:

  • A forward looking social business, Catch22 has over two hundred 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.
  • In 2011/12 we worked directly with 34,000 young people, families and adult offenders in 150 localities, supporting a further 49,000 young people through national partnership programmes.  
  • Asked what difference we had made in 2011/12, nearly 93% of the people we supported who responded said they now had hope for the future, 86% had gained in confidence and felt they had more control over their lives, and 83% had achieved more than they expected.

Contact Catch22’s media agency:

0203 544 4969 / out of hours please phone 0789 9674 544
Visit: www.catch-22.org.uk


Posted on Tuesday 13th August 2013
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