Catalyst celebrates volunteers and resident’s achievements

Volunteers at Creating Futures eventCatalyst recognised the many achievements of our youth and employment and skills volunteers and beneficiaries, at a celebratory and inspirational Creating Futures event on September 17th at the historic Ealing Town Hall.

Catalyst Gateway’s youth projects Gener8 and The Re-Up! , supports young people to get into work, training or education, who are, or are at risk of becoming NEETs (Not in Education, Employment, or Training). Whilst our employment and skills projects CJS (Catalyst Jobs and Skills) and WISH (Women in Social Housing), helps adult tenants to find and keep work. The projects give residents motivation and employability skills through one to one mentoring, coaching, access to training and partnerships.

Helen Cantrell, Head of Catalyst Gateway, hosted the evening and gave an informative presentation on the projects and on the successful track record of CJS and WISH, which have helped 170 people into jobs and 145 into further education in the last two years. She also highlighted our ambitious plans to get 200 people into work over the next two years.

Volunteers spoke of their rewarding experiences motivating people into becoming engaged in their futures and career. Whilst beneficiaries of the projects spoke of their gratitude at getting the support and advice they needed to be able to gain self-esteem and progress again.

Volunteers were presented with certificates by Ealing North MP Stephen Pound, who also gave a rousing speech on the great work that Catalyst continues to do in developing thriving local communities.

Helen Cantrell said: “Catalyst Gateway volunteers are key to the success of our projects. So it is very important that we hold events like these that recognise our volunteers’ valuable contributions and the sacrifices they make in order to empower their community. Without them our projects would be impossible to run, and it is through them that we are able to engage alienated and hard to reach communities. It has been an enjoyable and inspirational evening and we look forward to recognising more volunteers at the Creating Futures event next year.”

more information visit the Catalyst Gateway section of our website.