Taking over a national charity that has a stake in improving the lives of nearly 32,000 young people and their families in 150 towns and cities, and assuming leadership at a time when the nature of charity involvement in public services is set to change radically, are just two of the responsibilities Chris Wright will contend with as he assumes the role of Chief Executive, this week.
Chris moves a short step from his previous role with Catch22 as its Chief Operating Officer, having spent the last five years driving its operations into new areas of provision.
Under his leadership, Catch22 has recently restructured to create a business development and innovation hub to deliver against an ambitious growth plan while maintaining its emphasis on helping people to stay away from crime; supporting young people to stay in education, gain appropriate qualifications and develop skills for work; supporting young people and their families through the challenges of adolescence and helping young people to address substance misuse and improve their emotional wellbeing.
Chris Wright, Catch22 Chief Executive says:
'I’m thrilled to have the opportunity of leading an organisation that I’ve played a part in developing over the last five years. Catch22 delivers excellent services to large numbers of young people, adults and families and in communities facing tough challenges. As we move into a more mixed economy in the provision of public services the challenge will be to stay true to our roots while embracing the new opportunities that will inevitably present themselves.'
'I’m confident that we can do this because, coupled with a strong business focus, a strong philosophy runs through everything we do. This combines an emphasis on evidence-based practice with recognition of the importance of building positive relationships; a focus on working with young people and families ‘in the round’ to help them tackle the inter-linked issues they face; and a commitment to helping young people and their families develop the confidence, skills and self-belief to find solutions that are right for them.'
Engage in Education
An example of this is Catch22's new programme, Engage in Education, which starts on 1 September in five locations across the UK - Bristol, Croydon, Harlow, Newcastle and Greater Manchester. Engage in Education will take a new approach to helping young people stay in education by combining tailored learning, supporting young people with learning disabilities and providing access to professionally trained mentors from the communities in which the programme works.