HRH The Princess Royal, Will Young and Moira Stewart launch Catch22 charity Network
Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal launched the Catch22 Network on Tuesday 20 July, all in aid of Catch22, the young people's charity that works in local communities up and down the county.
A host of supporters attended the networking event including BBC Newsreader Moira Stewart, singer Will Young, trustees, vice-presidents, academics, public figures, politicians, think tanks and young people.
The Catch22 Network launch was held at the Tate Modern and aims to bring together individuals with expertise in profile raising, fundraising, research, campaigning and influencing public policy.
Catch22 works with tens of thousands of young people in difficult situations to find solutions to their problems. The young people we help may not be in education, training or employment, young care leavers, young people at risk of offending and young offenders.
Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, addressed the Catch22 Network and met young people whose lives have been turned around with the help of the charity.
One such young person is *Sarah Simpson (*not her real name) from Catch 22 Humberside Young People Floating Support Service in Yorkshire. Sarah was unemployed and felt socially isolated in the flat she shared with her young daughter when she came across Catch22. Sarah says: "Catch22 helped me to devise a support plan, move house and access help from other organisations. I'm now living in a home I like, working part-time and my self-esteem has grown." Sarah looks forward to the future and hopes to pursue a career as a social worker.
BBC Newsreader Moira Stewart interviewed four young people with similar stories as part of "My Catch22 Moment". Catch22 Ambassador, singer Will Young also showcased his support.
Will Young said: "Launching the Catch22 Network with Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal and Moira Stewart has been fantastic. As an Ambassador for the charity I've been lucky enough to see first hand the impact of Catch22's services on the lives of young people. The Catch22 Network will help the charity continue with its vital work in local communities across the UK."
Displays, films and photographs highlighting Catch22's successes were presented at the event.
1.Catch22 works with 37,000 young people in more than 150 places in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It helps young people find ways out of tough situations by building strong relationships with them and tackling the problems they face through specialist projects.
2.Catch22 is the new charity formed by the merger of young people's charity Rainer and crime prevention charity Crime Concern in July 2008. It has 200 years of experience working with young people. To find out more go to www.catch-22.org.uk
This article courtesy of Catch 22 to TRF.