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Issue NC05 February 2019 Four-page Full Families centre pull-out inside this edition!

CHANGING LIVES ... one programme at a time

Stronger families

Working it all out

Adjusting to life

First annual report shows progress in the community

New confidence for North East Lincolnshire resident as he heads for the gym

Soldiers leaving the forces can find it hard down in ‘Civvy Street’

Our news issues are kindly funded entirely by a private donation from the Hawerby Trust


DEAR FRIENDS ...

A decade of difference THOSE who remember our starting point a decade ago will recall how we began our journey working with young people who were tinkering on the edge of chaos – our success is there for all to see. Whilst these young people all had their different issues, there was a common thread running through their challenging veins – and that was family. A family in crisis equals a young person in crisis ... of that there is little doubt.

CatZero chairman, Jim Dick, talks about the charity’s journey through the last 10 years ...

As our work continued, our client base became more varied. Challenged children grow into confused teenagers – and onto an often-chaotic adulthood where there is little, if any, understanding of what is required to set that person on the right track. They have children and the cycle starts again. The ONLY way to change this is to change the views of families – and ultimately the lives of their children, who are the country’s next generation. It is sometimes easy to forget the extent to which a parent’s actions influence a child from a very early age, the first few years are critical in the life of a toddler and will help to map out their way. Our Full Families work in Grimsby has opened our eyes to the growing need to deliver such help. It has also highlighted a distinct lack of provision that will enable adults to grow as parents, to understand that they are able to ‘break the cycle’ and help their children to tread a different path. As we commemorate ten years of making a true difference, we are delighted to be winning support for the next stage of our CatZero journey, which includes a focus on helping more families across the Humber. Thank you for this, and everyone’s continued support over the last decade and here’s to the next 10! Our work is as important now as it was in 2009. *This newsletter contains a special four-page pullout in the centre, which goes into detail about our work with Full Families in Grimsby and why it is vital that such work is extended.

Have you been on a CatZero Programme / Been involved in a CatZero Programme? CatZero has just celebrated its 10th Birthday and we would like to celebrate this with you. We are looking to organise a reunion event for participants, funders, volunteers, sailors and other interested parties some time in the spring.

Come and join us and meet back up with old friends and meet new ones. CatZero staff will also be available to chat to and you can make an appointment if you want any support. Please register your interest now so we have an idea of numbers. Contact: www.Facebook. com/CatZeroHumber or Twitter: info@catzero. org. Alternatively, call us on 01482 333303


LATEST NEWS

As we came to the end of another great year ... LEFT: All the team at CatZero wishes to say a big thank you to Hymers College for the donation just before Christmas, which helped us tremendously. Gail Howson is pictured here receiving the gifts from representatives from the College.

RIGHT: Some of you may remember Will Wilson, who successfully completed our 2018 Marr Programme. Well, he popped in to see us recently to tell us about his progress. Will left us to go to York’s Askham Bryan College where he is studying on a Level 2 Sports and Outdoor Activity Course and he now tells us he is applying for University – good luck and all the best from us all. And the shaved head was a fundraiser! Will collected £200 for the national mental health charity, Rethink.

REGULAR CatZero newsletter readers will remember Caz White – the Immingham teenager who was on the front page of our very first newsletter. Well, since completing her CatZero programme, Caz has gone from strength to strength. Her recent news is that she has joined a local tri club and is in training – swimming, running and cycling! And, for the last 10 months, she has been going to the Mayflower Quilting Club weekly – at Immingham’s Bert Boyden Centre every Friday.

ABOVE: Looking splendid and ready for 2019 – our CatZero yacht now has its new rigging in place. The essential work to the vessel was made possible thanks to an £18,000 grant from the Trusthouse Charitable Foundation, and we all extend our thanks to the organisation.

“I always fancied going along, but before CatZero I never had the confidence, but that has all changed now,” said Caz. To mark CatZero’s tenth anniversary, Caz and the quilters are well on their way to finishing a 4ftx5ft quilt, emblazoned with things that represent the charity – with the

yacht taking centre stage in the middle. “Once finished, which we think will be in April, we hope to auction the quilt to raise money for CatZero,” explained Caz.

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Passionate about values IN this, our tenth year, CatZero has welcomed two new trustees onto the board with the experience and knowledge to support our ambition to grow our work. As the present Chairman of the Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Terry Moran CB enjoyed a 35-year-career in the Civil Service until his semi-retirement in 2013. Terry began work in a social security office in Yorkshire at the age of 16 and rose to become Chief Executive of the Pension, Disability and Carers Service. His most recent position was Second Permanent Secretary and Chief Operating Officer at the Department for Work and Pensions responsible for all employment, pensions and benefits services nationally. With more time and a desire to support organisations with which his values are aligned, Terry undertook some charity roles and also joined the NHS as a Non-Executive in 2015 and was subsequently appointed as NHS Trust chairman in 2017. His work with the Trust introduced him to CatZero and with an ethos and values that appealed to him, Terry was keen to help and joined our board. He is forthright in his views that supporting people of all ages into training and work is a linchpin that will help overcome some of the issues faced by people and families experiencing exclusion or disadvantage. “When a person is supported to find work by giving them the confidence and social skills to be successful it can transform their lives and those of their families. I saw this first hand with the work of Jobcentre Plus. Everyone deserves those opportunities irrespective of background,” said Terry. As an individual whose career rose to working in Whitehall, Terry understands how the correct support can help a person. “I consider myself to have been lucky. Yes, I applied myself but there were key points in my life when individuals gave me the support and

Terry Moran was attracted to CatZero’s values and its ethos.

development I needed, giving me the confidence to say, ‘yes may be I can’. “I often find that people will stop themselves before anyone else does. A person will never get the opportunity for someone to say ‘yes’, if they don’t put themselves forward, it is about self-confidence and self-awareness,” said Terry. Of his new role as a CatZero trustee, Terry added: “I have always been passionate that people, especially from disadvantaged backgrounds, are given opportunities and the values of CatZero match those of my own.”


Giving hope to a new generation the first such board to push a new vision and brand for Hull, Deb was immensely proud of those years. She learned much about Hull as a city with resilience and independence, but one that suffers from geographical isolation,and a lack of ambition and diversity.

“IN a world where inequality is growing, the need for the ‘influencers’ within our society to work towards opportunity for all is greater than ever.” The words of Deb Oxley OBE, who has the values to help steer CatZero through smooth waters as we enter our next decade. Deb is also a new trustee – joining our board when we look to help whole families and, in doing so, change the ambition of a generation. Hull born and bred, Deb is now in her early 50s and has risen from growing up in a modest family home in the city to be one of the ‘influencers’ of which we write. Her boundless drive to say ‘yes, I can’ and so effect change has seen her enjoy a major role in the transformation of her home city. As a teenager she was bright but lacked a little application and ambition and decided against university: “I could easily have gone one of two ways,” she reflects. With a supportive family, Deb secured work in the telephone department of Hull City Council and stayed when Kingston Communications (now KCOM) took over. The city’s telecommunications transformation saw opportunity present itself to ambitious and bright people and Deb progressed to head-up a new computer programme for schools across the old Humberside area, which saw her poached by the county council to implement the technology. Deb returned to KC rising to marketing manager at the new call centre while completing a business degree. She then agreed to join Hull Cityimage. The forerunner to the Bondholders and probably

“Hull’s challenges are not unique, and in many ways, it has always been harder on itself than anyone else has been. During those first years of Cityimage, we spent a lot of time telling Hull’s new, future-looking story rather than relying on the old one,” she recalled. Deb’s Cityimage work led onto the joint-creation of a consultancy business. Called thinkingplace, it is probably best known locally for developing the Humber brand ‘Energy Estuary’. Fast forward to today, and Deb is CEO of the Employee Ownership Association, (EOA), a national membership organisation representing businesses that are employee-owned or are transitioning into such. In 2017, she led the UK’s largest independent national inquiry into employee ownership and, following this, she received her OBE for services to Employee Ownership and Social Enterprise and is delighted to have done so. But listen to Deb and you understand that her success has always been matched by a desire to follow her passion to create a level playing field for all. “As a society, we are experiencing increasing levels of inequality in all areas of life, from education, to employment and housing. When I witness this and hear stories of how some people are forced to live their lives and the resulting lack of opportunities, I am motivated to try to make a difference, to help close these gaps and to deliver more opportunity for all,” said Deb. “I am a huge supporter of charities and have always admired their purpose and their passion. I was drawn to CatZero because it is about the area I have lived all my life, it’s about change and it’s about taking an innovative approach,” she added.

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OUR CLIENTS

Dreams do come true!

Michael working hard at the gym.

MICHAEL is an intelligent teenager with a bright future ahead of him – and with the help of CatZero’s Full Families programme, his dreams to work in IT are set to be realised. Keen to return to college and then onto a University course, the 19-year-old has his whole life ahead of him. But things were very different a couple of years ago – and he tells his story to highlight just how important the Full Families programme is. When you ask Michael, from Cleethorpes, how he felt back in 2017, he answers straight away: “I had just given up.” Michael had struggled with his weight from being around seven-years-old with a poor diet making things worse. By the time he hit 16, he was at his heaviest at 36-stone. A spell at a weight loss camp did see him lose some weight, but with no continued support he was back where he started on his return home. School and subsequent college studies became hard and he eventually gave up and admits thinking to himself: “This won’t stop.” Mum Mary, Dad Mike and sister Emily, 21, also needed help and, just over a year ago, they were all referred to Grimsby’s Full Families programme by social services.

“I had known for years that I needed to change, but nothing has worked,” said Michael. The family has been supported together, and individually – Michael has his own action plan, is being given support to get back into education and apply for jobs, while all the time encouraged to tackle his weight and eat a healthy diet. “My aim is to lose 2 kilos a week, which is 16-stone in a year and at the same time get the qualifications I need,” said Michael. With the support of the team, he has now joined the gym, with an aim to go three times a week. His mum is also aware of the dietary requirements needed and cooks healthier, more balanced meals. So why is the Full Families programme working? “Working with one person in a family doesn’t help. When you are a kid you cannot change much, you have to make sure that every member of the family is on board,” added Michael. Now, with the support available for all the family, Michael – like others being helped by Full Families – has new-found confidence and a real ability to change. “There is no doubt, this work is essential,” he added.


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FULL FAMILIES: a Catzero programme

Lasting change IN LOOKING at a future of delivering lasting change to families across the Humber, our vision is to support the next generation by assisting today’s parents. To understand our reasoning for this work, let’s examine some key statistics from across the region. The health summary for North East Lincolnshire, published in 2018 began with this paragraph: “The health of people in North East Lincolnshire is generally worse than the England average. North East Lincolnshire is one of the 20% most deprived districts/unitary authorities in England and about 26% (7,900) of children live in lowincome families. Life expectancy for both men and women is lower than the England average.” Other key facts for North East Lincolnshire: • Life expectancy is 12.3 years lower for men and 7.7 years lower for women in the most deprived areas of North East Lincolnshire than in the least deprived areas.** • In Year 6 (10/11 year-olds), 22.4% (398) of children are classified as obese, worse than the average for England. The rate of alcohol-specific hospital stays among those under 18 is 34*. This represents 12 stays per year. • Levels of teenage pregnancy, GCSE attainment, breastfeeding initiation and smoking at time of delivery are worse than the England average. • The rate of alcohol-related harm adult hospital stays is 675*. This represents 1,056 stays per year. The rate of self-harm hospital stays is 201*. This represents 305 stays per year. Estimated levels of adult excess weight, smoking and smoking in routine and manual occupations are worse than the England average. The rate of hip fractures is worse than average. * rate per 100,000 population

The same 2018 report for Kingston upon Hull paints a similar picture: “The health of people in Kingston upon Hull is generally worse than the England average.

Health statistics for North East Lincolnshire, published in 2018.

Kingston upon Hull is one of the 20% most deprived districts/unitary authorities in England and about 28% (14,300) of children live in lowincome families. Life expectancy for both men and women is lower than the England average.” • Life expectancy is 11.2 years lower for men and 9.5 years lower for women in the most deprived areas of Kingston upon Hull than in the least deprived areas.** • In Year 6 (10 and 11-year-olds), 22.7% (676) of children are classified as obese, worse than the average for England. The rate of alcohol-specific hospital stays among those under 18 is 38*. This represents 21 stays per year. Levels of teenage pregnancy, GCSE attainment, breastfeeding initiation and smoking at time of delivery are worse than the England average. • The rate of alcohol-related harm adult hospital stays is 854*, worse than the average for England. This represents 2,027 stays per year. The rate of self-harm hospital stays is 285*, worse than the average for England. This represents 767 stays per year. Estimated levels of adult excess weight and smoking are worse than the England average. Rates of hip fractures, sexually transmitted infections and people killed and seriously injured on roads are worse than average. * rate per 100,000 population

The team at CatZero recognises the hard and prolonged work that is being carried out in North East Lincolnshire and Hull and the resulting positive changes. But there is little doubt that public services continue to be stretched and our aim is to secure funding to work WITH our statutory partners to change lives in the long-term. Full Families in Grimsby is already achieving this. This Spring we plan to extend this work to the Preston Road area of Hull.

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90 children go into care EVERY DAY.

“... giving me confidence and support ... be sat inside all day ... anxiety ... going out now ... stronger family ... better people ...” (Parent)

In the next five years, the number of children living in poverty is expected to exceed five million. Children’s commissioner, Anne Longfield, has identified 2.1 million children with complex needs, including 470,000 living in material deprivation and 825,000 living in homes with domestic violence. Only around a quarter of them are receiving any support.

Research shows how the effects of the adverse childhood experiences lead to social care intervention that will stretch well into adulthood, and include mental health difficulties and crime. In 2017, the Children’s Commissioner’s office released a report estimating that 670,000 English children live in ‘high-risk’ situations, including with parents addicted to alcohol or drugs or in temporary accommodation, at least 800,000 have mental health disorders and 580,000 are in need of direct intervention.

According to the latest published data, there are 389,430 children in need in England. Approximately 6 per cent of the total population of children and young people in England qualify as ‘in need’ at some point throughout the year. More than £2.5bn is spent supporting children in foster and residential care every year.

So, how is our first Full Families Programme working in Grimsby, and what lessons can we take from its first year? Our finances to cover the three-year programme were secured in conjunction with CPO (Creating Positive Opportunities) from the Big Lottery – as a result our work is evaluated, with a first annual report just released. Dr Roger Green specialises in Community Engagement Research with the Department of Social Therapeutic and Community Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London. He visited Grimsby late last year to examine our work in detail, and here are the key highlights from his report: Four project outcomes were identified ... - To work with 100 families (300+ individuals) to develop family action plans with targets achieved while addressing and confronting root causes of problems and barriers to improvement. - To reduce NEETs, improve school attendance, reduce anti-social behaviour and improve health and wellbeing. - To create stronger, more resilient communities


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Working for a better future “It’s what social work should be about ... I wish I could do what you’re doing.” (Local Authority Social Worker) through the development of activity and great community and voluntary activity. - To create up to 24 volunteering, training and education opportunities for participants. In this first 12 months, what progress has been made towards those outcomes: - 55 families were referred to the programme, with 44 still engaged at the end of 2018, exceeding the target. Numbers will be closely monitored to ensure the teams continue to deliver quality outcomes. - Engagement with vulnerable families was the key success to date with families open in their praise and trust for the staff working with them. - The provision of a ‘community social work’ model of change focused on supporting children/ young people with often chronic non-attendance and related issues to re-engage with educational provision. - Helping young people to overcome agoraphobic conditions by supporting them in venturing out of their home environment and attending family events and community resources, for example, going to a gym, building

relationships, advocating on families behalf, encouraging self-advocacy and providing much needed material help when the situation arose, such as furniture. Our results so far are clearly stated in the report ... - 90% of families have engaged; - Improved communication within families; - Prevented family breakdown; - Better knowledge of local provision and take up - Employment take-up; - Improved school attendance, behaviour and return to educational provision; More on page overleaf ...

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Did you know that in the Humber region ... There are 132,600 people who are economically inactive? There are 48,500 workless households?

- Participation in CPO/CatZero organised family events and activities - Family members now engaging with local professional services eg. mental health - Individual personal growth - New social skills acquired This engagement with often very isolated families with limited social networks was enhanced by offering family events and activities at which all family members were invited to attend. In conclusion, the close and developing relationship working with stakeholders including North East Lincolnshire Council, Humberside Police Early Intervention Team and the NSPCC was highlighted. Dr Green added: “There is emerging evidence from Year One that without GFF’s community intervention in engaging with referred families, some of these families, individual family members, children and young people, would be in a far worse situation. “Whether it be getting a young person to leave their house; re-engage with educational provision; parents/adults and children talking to each other in a non-confrontational manner; families experiencing new and different activities and places; cooking food together; laughing together, all might appear rather trivial however they are beginnings that the GFF Delivery Team can be proud of and build on in Year Two.”

There are 350 children and young people in North East Lincolnshire’s care system?

There are 738 children and young people in Hull’s care system? Across the Humber area in 2019 there remains 153,400 children living in workless households, this is despite the increased and growing opportunities that the burgeoning offshore renewables sector has presented to us.

It is known that young people growing up in workless households are almost twice as likely to fail at all stages of their education. Many will leave school with no qualifications, or be excluded. As a result of this, they are also more likely to become involved in crime, drugs and alcohol and suffer from poor mental health with an increasing chance of becoming homeless. As they grow and become parents themselves, they risk continuing the intergenerational cycle of disadvantage – a cycle that our Full Families programme is helping to break.


OUR CLIENTS

‘The kick that I need’ help. I was at a very, very low point in my life,” said Lisa.

Lisa had experience of CatZero and knew the team would offer her the support she needed. Programme Delivery Officer Sarah Coulson started working with Lisa and her family straight away, offering consistent support that had previously been lacking. Putting a constant Action Plan in place to show progress was central to the work.

Lisa, left, with one of her five children and Sarah Coulson.

WHEN mum-of-five Lisa was unable to cook a family Christmas lunch due to the absence of a proper oven, CatZero stepped in and a new one was delivered just three days before December 25! “You don’t know what that meant to me, to be able to cook dinner for me and the kids – the thought of not being able to do that had really been getting me down,” recalled Lisa. “But there you go – we had the lot, turkey, gammon, roast potatoes and stuffing. What a great day.”

Lisa said: “Sarah came to meetings with me and assisted me when I had to call the authorities while offering constant help and support. I have now completed a Triple P parenting course and I am trying to manage my situation.” The trips out as a family, alongside others on the programme, have also helped them massively. “We have been to the beach, rock climbing and kayaking,” she explained. “I wouldn’t have done any of that with the kids, as to be honest it is a struggle to get out like that on your own, but it has been fantastic.” Lisa added: “There has never been a time when I have felt like I was being judged and I know what I need to do. CatZero is there to support me and give me the kick that I need.”

That is just one of the practical things that CatZero will do as part of its Full Families project. They will not cook the lunch, but will ensure the tools are in place to enable the participants to do so. As the programme leader Sean Cahill has always said: “We will hold their hands and provide the support, but the families must want to deliver things for themselves.” Lisa, 38, joined the Lottery-funded three-year Full Families programme in Grimsby just over 12 months ago, at what she admits was a very low point in her life. With five children, she was finding it increasingly difficult to manage her situation and it was becoming clear that something had to change, or she risked having her family split up. “I had hit rock-bottom and I suppose when you hit that point, there is only one way to go but I needed

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PROGRAMMES

Overcoming challenges Tony, right, pictured with CatZero’s Pete Tighe.

‘FAMILIES should come first’: that is the view of an adult participant who has just successfully completed our inaugural programme for veterans. Tony Duroe is now 57 and left the regular army in 2002 after 25 years of service – a career that had been his life since leaving school. As a married soldier, on leaving the forces Tony understands just how difficult it can be to adjust to life on ‘civvy street’ – and how more help is required for families when this happens. “There is very little on-going support for families and in many, many cases the partner in the marriage will become known as ‘the wife of’ the soldier, which can clearly lead to issues down the line. A couple will also be used to spending time apart and all day-to-day issues, for example housing and medical treatments, are sorted out when you live on a military base. “However, this changes the minute you leave the forces and both husband and wife must deal with issues and challenges they have never faced before,” said Tony.

Tony is now divorced and a contributory factor in the breakdown of his marriage was his inability to find his way following his military departure. He is now happily looking to the future, after successfully overcoming certain challenges – and the CatZero programme has helped him massively. But he does feel that things could be very different for couples facing similar issues if they were offered help and support as families, and not individuals. “To a great extent, you are on your own, facing situations and responsibilities that you do not know how to deal with. When you experience programmes, such as the ones that CatZero run, you can see just how much help can be provided to individuals, which could certainly be extended to whole veteran families,” added Tony. In recent months, Tony has found a part time role on a free range farm, a role he has always wanted to do, even before joining the army. He is also supporting veterans and veteran groups in employment skills, including health and safety qualifications.


New direction

A bit of a festive ‘do’

FAMILIES of former service personnel were among guests who enjoyed a festive lunch prepared by participants on the Veterans Programme. The lunch, which was also attended by invited guests, programme supporters and delivery officers, came complete with crackers and festive fun and games.

Held at The Minerva Masonic Hall, in Prince Street, Hull, a menu of soup or prawn cocktail, turkey roast dinner, beef wellington or vegetarian nut loaf and trifle or Christmas pudding was served – all prepared by the veterans. Relatives enjoying the occasion included Daniel Hallett’s father Troy along with his two-year-old son Daniel and partner Tammy (pictured above). Thanking everyone for attending, CatZero’s Programme Delivery Officer Maria Brennan said: “What a great meal, wonderfully prepared with a really festive atmosphere.” Everyone at CatZero also thanked everyone at the Minerva Masonic Hall for the use of the venue.

THE latter part of 2018 and into January 2019 saw CatZero run a successful ‘Lone Parents’ programme in Hull. Its delivery revealed just how important it is to help these single mums and dads take their lives and those of their children in a different direction – a forerunner to the extension of our Full Families work. Dad Garry Bolton is 46 and cares for his nineyear-old daughter. With a 30-year career in the caravan industry behind him, Garry is highly experienced in all areas of interior woodworking and manufacturing. But health issues, coupled with a desire to look after his daughter, saw his life take a different direction and he now splits his time caring for her and volunteering. However, with the CatZero programme successfully completed, he is about to embark on some part-time work, with hours that match that of his daughter’s education. The Lone Parents programme has seen Garry’s confidence improve and he firmly believes the support that CatZero can give to families is vital. “There are many families out there who are struggling, and it is so very easy for relationships to fall apart, but there is help out there if you are in that situation. “If I take my own situation as an example, a year ago I was so nervous, with no self esteem However, this has now changed and the support I have received on this programme has been amazing. CatZero and the work the team does changes the lives of so many people,” added Garry. *The Lone Parent celebration has already been held. Please see our report overleaf.

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CELEBRATION EVENTS

A voyage of discovery THE lives of mums and dads and their children are being changed forever thanks to CatZero’s Lone Parents Programme. The programme, which took the single parents on a journey of discovery, ended its formal stage with a Celebration Event held at Hull Minster’s Trinity Parish Centre. Attended by the participants, programme team leaders and CatZero charity trustees, it was an opportunity for everyone to share the success and hear the positive outcomes that have already been achieved.

event before taking part in a mix of educational and activity-based learning that included a work-day visit to Arco, mock interviews, health & safety and food hygiene courses, team building, cookery days and, of course, the sailing.

With follow-on appointments already in place, the parents are all looking at finding work – some already have – going back into education or exploring voluntary opportunities that fit around child care or school hours.

Programme leader Pete Tighe, praised all the participants, saying: “We are here to help you turn the words ‘I can’t into I can’, to help you unknit the fog that is preventing you from succeeding. You are now all sitting here with smiles on your faces and you should be extremely proud.”

With financial support from the European Social Fund, the lone parents underwent an introductory

Trustee Charles Lewis added: “I am here to thank all of you, you make what we do a success.”

Let’s hear from the mums and dads themselves – their words sum-up the CatZero experience ... Garry looks after his daughter and is starting a new job: “CatZero has taught me to believe in myself, and that is something that I have always struggled with.”

Natalie: “I came to live in Hull with my daughter only just before finding out about CatZero, and if I had not found this, I would have written myself off. I would have been miserable, depressed and unmotivated but everyone here has given me that boost in confidence I would not have got anywhere else. It is a big thing to be able to confront a fear and I realise now that I can do things.”


Laura: “The team at CatZero believe in us and we then believe in ourselves. They have set us up to never say that ‘we can’t’ and we walk away with the skills to move forward in life. Everyone at CatZero makes this experience so very special, they are people who truly want you to do well. I now know that ‘I can, I will, I’m good at things and I will never put myself down again.”

Charlene: “I was always the one to put myself down but doing CatZero has made me realise that I can do things, I now look at a better future for me and my son. I now know the person that I can be.”

Leanne: “This course has been a blessing. I have faced my fears and got on with it. We have all had our difficulties but have come through them.”

Peter, who looks after his young son: “We have all faced our fears and challenges and come through it together. The future for us all is looking a lot brighter.”

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... AND FINALLY

A snapshot of personal progress

an overview of branding assets available for our 75th anniversary

IT WAS all smiles as the veterans who successfully completed their programme spoke of friendships and memories made at their recent presentation afternoon. This was our first ever programme exclusively for Veterans. Funded by ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and JobCentre Plus, the aim of the programme was to support those who have served in the military to overcome some of the challenges they have faced and look towards a bright future. Applauding the participants at their presentation event, Programme Manager Pete Tighe, said: “It truly was a pleasure to work with these participants and we look forward to hearing about their progress into the future.”

How you can help deliver lasting change at CatZero Ways you can support CatZero in its delivery of lasting personal change ...

There are many ways both companies and individuals can help: Sailing: When our yacht is not in use for programmes, it can be chartered or used for private and corporate sails. Teambuilding is increasing popular, with firms using a sail to engage employees in working together and overcoming challenges. Corporate sponsorship: We have different packages available for all different levels of support.

But what is also important to us is that our sponsors play an active part in our programmes – working with participants and enjoying our celebration and café day events together. Volunteering: We are also keen to speak to individuals and/or companies that are prepared to host our mock interview sessions, take part in workshops or invite our participants into their work place on our business visits. Fundraising: Our intrepid Director of Sailing Danny Watson has an annual coast-to-coast cycle challenge – which is a great way

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to have fun while raising vital funds for CatZero. For more on all of the above please go to www.catzero.org/ support-us/ or email us info@ catzero.org We look forward to hearing from you.

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