A MARATHON successfully completed is a feat of achievement for most, but for our very own Director of Sailing Danny Watson that’s certainly not enough as he aims to run a mighty 30 – one after the other, in just 30 days. In aid of our charity, Danny will set off from Brighton Pier on…
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Hull Full Families Programme (funded through the Community Led Local Development fund and the Big Lottery Reaching Communities fund.)
Rolling Programme January 2020- January 2022.
For families living in Preston Road area of Hull who want support in dealing with any issues life throws at them. Participants must be unemployed and live within a specific post code area. Contact Pete on 01482 333305 to find out more or contact us.
Grimsby Full Families Programme (in partnership with CPO Grimsby)
Rolling Programme October 2017 – September 2020.
For families living in East Marsh, West Marsh and South Wards who want support in dealing with any issues life throws at them. Contact Sean on 07879 775193 to find out more.
A new programme for young people
Are you aged 14 to 24 and feel you need a new start in life? If so, we may have just the programme for you!
With lockdown underway we cannot launch our full life-changing programme right now, but what we can do is ask interested young people to contact us and get ready. This programme is for those living in Hull and Grimsby and includes inspirational and challenging activities.
Qualifications and one-to-one support will also be offered – supporting participants on their educational journey or into employment or training. As with all our programmes, sailing is on offer – eight days out at sea for what is a truly life-changing experience on our 73ft Challenge yacht.
If you are interested in taking part, please use the message panel on this page or email directly at [email protected]. It would be fantastic to get you on board!
Veterans: we need YOU!
CatZero is currently recruiting veterans from the Army, Navy and RAF, offering support through positive activities, gaining qualifications and workshops. This strengthens a person’s positive outlook on life and wellbeing.
Lockdown means that our programmes can’t currently run as we would like, but that has not stopped us putting a call out for those who are interested. We can then assist as much as we can between now and when we are able to return to normal.
During our programmes we have discovered just how much our veterans benefit from spending time taking part in our activities – with the banter among everyone second to none!
Participants also get the chance to board our yacht to take part in our eight-day sailing challenge. With activities such as kayaking, conservation projects and hiking also undertaken, this co-designed programme aims to create a supportive community, boost employability and support individuals with the challenges that they may face If you are interested in taking part, please use the message panel on this page or email directly at [email protected]. It would be fantastic to get you on board!
The commitment is two sessions a week and all ages considered, you just had to have served. Referrals taken at any time.
CLLD Programmes (1-6) Hull Community Led Local Development for Long Term Unemployed
CLLD 1 & 2 – The two of six programmes in Hull for long term unemployed in areas of need in Hull. These programmes commenced in August 2018 with the formal programme running until October and intensive move on taking place until November 2018. Work is continuing to support the members of these two groups and the outcome is very high with 21 participants now doing something positive.
CLLD 3 & 4 – These two programmes started February 2019 and ended in May 2019. In CLLD3 – 6 participants entered employment or training with 2 further participants awaiting confirmation and 1 participant commencing volunteering. In CLLD4, 5 participants entered employment or education with a further 4 becoming volunteers or commencing further training in order to progress into their chosen future careers.
CLLD5 programme started in June 2019 and ended September 2019. This programme was aimed at specific postcodes of Hull and included an 8 day sail. Since finishing the course, four participants have started courses at Hull College, up to now – two have gained employment and we are still working with the other participants to gain a successful outcome for them.
CLLD 6 – Aimed at long term unemployed and economically inactive people from specific postcodes of Hull, this programme started in October 2019 and ends in December 2019 and includes the opportunity of an 8-day residential sail.
CLLD Scunthorpe 1-3 (Long Term Unemployed)
CLLD1 was aimed at long term unemployed and economically inactive people from specific postcodes of Scunthorpe, this programme ran until the end of August 2019. One participant in employment, one in employment, three are moving into further education, and one was offered eight week’s work experience in a local supermarket. The rest of the participants are currently receiving intensive progression support from CatZero.
The next programme in Scunthorpe – CLLD2 was also aimed at long term unemployed and economically inactive people from specific postcodes of Scunthorpe, this programme started in October 2019 and ended in December 2019 and included the opportunity of an 8-day residential sail.
Grimsby & Hull Veterans Programme
The Grimsby & Hull Veterans programme started June 2019 and ended in August 2019. As in the last Vets Group, the participants were mostly ex-Army, and with two RAF and two Navy with ages ranging between 30 and 59 years. Funding for the programme was received through the ABF Soldiers charity, RAF and Job Centre Plus on an individual basis. While the programme was running we encountered people with a multitude of issues which have come about due to their military service. The participants bonded well with plenty of cross service banter, supporting each other throughout the programme. Shortly after the programme finished, three participants gained employment, two moved into education/training. For some of the veterans our 16-week programme will be enough to address their needs, however there will be some participants that require a longer term strategy from us and so a rolling programme has been implemented. Once CatZero always CatZero.
Grimsby Lone Parents Programme 2019
This 2019 programme was the third tailored version of our core programme designed for lone parents. The programme was designed to run just one day a week plus one to one reviews with all activities held during school hours. This started in September 2019 with the formal 12 weeks completing in December 2019 with additional move on support continuing after the programme end.
Grimsby NEETS Summer Programme 2019
This summer programme was aimed at young people not in Employment, Education or Training and was funded by a private donation. These participants also managed to sail from Brixham to Grimsby on the CatZero yacht. For more information about this group and their fantastic achievements see our December 2019 Newsletter.
Presentation and Introductory event – Team building activities where the young people are supposed to challenge themselves and meet other members of their team.
Delivery Programme – Delivered by CatZero staff along with partner organisations – fostering independence, trust, confidence and sustainability in an alternative learning environment conductive to young people’s needs. As an integral part of the programme the young people can gain up to seven qualifications.
Residential Experience – Water based sailing challenge aboard a 72ft Challenge yacht. While on board, the Young People crew the boat with the assistance of a qualified crew on a four hour on, four hour off watch system for the full duration of the trip. Elements involved include preparation and cooking of meals, cleaning, helming the vessel, navigation, engineering, all alongside local business volunteers and mentors. Carrying out such a watch system becomes very disorientating, particularly through the night which pushes all crew members beyond their comfort zone enabling them to feel a sense of achievement and self-belief.
Move On – Professional support and guidance, allowing young people to take the lead when making decisions about their future path. The challenges facing young people include finding work, moving away, accessing services, finding new friends etc. Making plans, solving problems, organising life and feeling competent and in control are vital ingredients to a successful adult life. These skills are generally developed by young people over an extended period, one challenge at a time with the support of our staff.
All new projects build on the outstanding success achieved through the nationally recognised award winning Wilberforce Youth Development Programme. “I just wanted to say how great the group was today. All were really engaged, focused and open to help and advice. They are a credit to CatZero and each should be really proud of themselves as they have now topped my favourite group list!” (Laura Fermandell, Sewell Group, After a visit by young people to the Sewells Skills Centre).
“We encourage CatZero participants to try new things for their personal development – and it’s the same for us staff. This is my new thing and my personal development.” That’s one of the key reasons why David Andrews, a delivery officer at CatZero, will be cycling 215 miles from the west coast of Britain to…
THE CHICKS are a unit of five – a normal family who together have shared an extra-ordinary journey, during which they have seen the UK as a country where social division is rife, but our strong community bonds provide hope. More than nine months ago, the Chick family, comprising of mum Jem, dad Dave and…
Impact/outcomes: a snapshot of our success:
CatZero began its work in December 2008 and in its first nine years has provided intensive support to more than 2,000 individuals as part of our many core programmes, with 65 per cent moving into sustainable education, employment or training.
Many others have completed short-term qualifications or short training courses and/or carried out work experience and volunteering.
CatZero has also worked with 400 individuals to help with issues such as transition from primary to secondary education, school attendance and GCSE exam preparation and attendance.
Every year, we produce an annual performance report that sets out the 12-months in detail. The 2017 report is attached here as a PDF for you to read in detail. The top line statistics are here:
- Ten programmes were run or started during the year.
- They were delivered to 144 people of all ages across the north and south banks of the Humber.
- Of those 144 starters, a total of 95 per cent completed the programmes.
One of our most successful programmes, which ran between 2017 and 2018 was Green Port Hull – ‘Green Shoots’. Below, again is a snapshot of its success. To judge our performance, we use measures as set by the Education and Skills Funding Agency:
- Eight, 12-week programmes were run in Hull, Beverley, Grimsby and Goole from June 2017 to May 2018, to support the long-term unemployed.
- Our target number of starters: 112 (actual 117).
- Retention rate: 99%.
- National recognised qualifications achieved: 505.
- Confirmed outcomes into education, training, employment: 38.
- Additional outcomes still to be achieved to reach our target: 10.
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