Catalyst is N-Gage’s youth work programme. Launched in October 2011, N-Gage delivers detached youth work sessions five nights a week across South Manchester, North Manchester and Wythenshawe. N-Gage partners with Manchester City Council and Greater Manchester Police to offer a highly flexible and targeted approach towards anti-social behaviour, youth crime, disengagement and community disturbance. It is an early-intervention strategy that focuses on hard-to-reach young people by providing mobile youth services.
N-Gage use mobile youth vehicles to deliver their sessions. The vehicles are equipped with various resources designed to help young people engage in positive activities and further fulfill their needs. In addition, up to three trained youth workers are on hand to give support, advice and guidance, offering them an alternative to getting involved in anti-social activities.
The success of Catalyst has seen it develop and expand. We are now starting to work in new areas in North Manchester and see this as a massive opportunity to engage with and support more young people. In each session we use a newly re-furbished Youth Bus and deliver our work in Higher Blackley, Moston and Charlestown. Each session is delivered by up to three fully trained youth workers that have a passion for working with young people in supporting them to achieve their full potential.
To develop the Catalyst programme further, in 2015 N-Gage acquired a building in Burnage. The aim was to re-furbish the building and create a youth centre where young people can engage in positive activities. The Catalyst Youth Centre now delivers three sessions per week, one session for young people in school years 4 to 6 and two sessions for those in school years 7 and above.
If you would like more information about how to get involved in Catalyst please contact the N-Gage Office.
If you’re aged between 13 and 19 and live in the area feel free to come along to one of our sessions.