Catalyst is N-Gage’s detached youth work programme, launched in October 2011 in partnership with Manchester City Council and Greater Manchester Police. Catalyst offers 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.
Eight nights a week we send an N-Gage team to work in local parks or estates in South Manchester, North Manchester and Wythenshawe. We use the Police Youth Resource Bus and our own Youth Vehicle which have on board games, computers and other activities. We also encourage sporting activities and are available to chat to young people providing alternative options to them getting involved in anti-social activities.
This aspect of N-Gage’s work began in 2004 as ’Shift’ and during the last 7 years due to our presence in local parks and other areas has resulted in a marked reduction in crime and anti-social behaviour.
If you would like more information about how to get involved in Catalyst please contact Zoe Ridsdill