Who we are
CATCH stands for ‘Community Action To Create Hope’. We are a registered charity based in Leeds, West Yorkshire. We have been engaging with adults and young people from diverse backgrounds for over 10 years. Through listening and responding to their needs over this period, we have developed into a charity that
is run by the community, for the community.
Our charity has
3 simple aims
Create a safe space for the community in particular for young people.
Develop opportunities for volunteering and social action projects.
Work in partnership with public, private and third sector organisations to make a greater impact towards community safety.
We also run one of the largest youth clubs in Leeds, with a membership of over 1000 young people from a mixture of backgrounds. Based in Harehills, we are open 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year and welcome all young people aged 8 to 17 years old. We were recognised as the ‘Best Place for Children and Young People’ in the 2018 Child Friendly Leeds Awards.
We recognise the importance of providing young people with a safe haven to spend their free time. We offer a range of targeted and universal provisions including sports, arts, mentoring and community outreach work.
Our charity is completely run by committed volunteers who dedicate their spare time to CATCH. Our volunteers come from a range of backgrounds and ages. Our volunteer programme is particularly unique, as we actively encourage young people from the age of 13 to volunteer. This facet to our volunteer programme aims to encourage young people to become a productive part of society whilst gaining specific skills that will put them in good stead for their futures and working life.
We are based in a modular building which has its own unique story. A building which has been re-located from Wakefield to Leeds and transformed into a community space through goodwill and volunteers. It is now used for a range of functions, including youth sessions, meetings, educational classes, weddings and conferences. We also have a community café that offers a welcoming environment for a coffee and a chat.