MORE than 40 Grimsby families have joined CatZero’s journey towards a new future, as part of the charity’s latest transformational programme.
North East Lincolnshire Full Families was launched this year with the aim of working with 100 families over a three-year period. Running in association with CPO (Creating Positive Opportunities), £349,000 was awarded by the Big Lottery Funding through its Reaching Communities Arm to support it.
Community engagement and creating stronger communities is at the heart of the programme as families are supported to deal with a wide variety of issues, from school attendance to debt management, healthy eating and communicating better together. During the school summer holidays, families were encouraged to bond, with a series of activities and events launched.
Programme leader Sean Cahill explained how the families were asked what activities they would like to do, and the answers ranged from sport and family outings to First Aid training.
“Our work during the summer has seen families learning and having active fun together, which is a vital part of supporting them move forward with confidence. The response has been brilliant,” said Sean.
Andy Cox, the owner of Grimsby Boxing Academy, has supported CatZero programmes for several years and hosted boxing training sessions at his gym, in Freeman Street. A former professional, he is now one of the town’s best-known coaches and seeing people grow in confidence and ability is a rewarding part of his work.
“Being part of projects like this is fantastic. Success for me is working with young people to see them grow and change some of the habits that have put them in the wrong situation,” said Andy.
To enquire about Full Families in Grimsby please email Sean Cahill: [email protected]