Catalyst Gateway, the community development arm of Catalyst, has been awarded £10,000 to help support the ‘Right Trax’ project, developed in partnership with Reading Borough Council and Auto Skills Reading.
‘Right Trax’ will be an early intervention initiative for young people between the ages of 8 and 16, providing them with new opportunities that could open up training, life skills and careers. Participants will get the chance to take part in mechanics skills training and workshops on safer driving.
Building on the success of last year’s pilot, Catalyst Gateway is currently looking for eligible participants and the project is expected to start in early April and the funding will allow it to continue for a full year. The project will help those who are not in employment, education or training (NEETs) as well as their families, helping to make sure the young people are fully supported.
Catalyst Gateway has been able to build a strong, partnership-focused plan for youth work in the Reading area by consulting with local young people and their families, checking with customer census data and asking colleagues for their knowledge.
Ruth Martin, Catalyst Gateway, said: “We really hope that the ‘Right Trax’ initiative will assist us in supporting our younger customers and delivering neighbourhood solutions. We are delighted with the funding and we can’t wait to get started.”
Councillor Liz Terry, Reading’s Lead Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “We are looking forward to continuing to work closely with Catalyst Gateway to deliver this exciting project. Initiatives like ‘Right Trax’ are incredibly important for the young people of Reading to develop confidence and new skills.
“I would like to thank Joe Northcote, Neighbourhood Initiatives Officer, for all the work he has put in to make this happen.”
Angus Vinicombe, Auto Skills Reading, said: “The ‘Right Trax’ project will allow us to continue to make a positive difference to the lives of people in Reading and the surrounding areas.”
If you live in the Reading area and are interesting in applying to be part of the scheme, then please contact Ruth Martin at Catalyst Gateway by emailing Ruth.Martin@chg.org.uk or calling 020 8832 3547.