CatZero charity aims to change the lives of unemployed young people
A LIFE-changing scheme is setting sail for Grimsby.
Humber charity CatZero, which has helped nearly 300 young people aged 16-24 to achieve better lives, will be holding two programmes in Grimsby and one in Immingham.
It takes young people who are not in employment, education or training – known as NEETs – and guides them to a better future.
This is achieved by building on their strengths through a step-by-step programme of activities and character building.
Jim Dick, chairman of CatZero said: "Almost seven out of ten who joined the programmes have been motivated to find a job, or re-enter education and training."
Having secured funding to work with the JobCentre Plus, the charity is planning to help unemployed 16-24 year olds in Grimsby and Immingham.
The three programmes will take 14 NEETs on a 12-week course of fun training programmes, which includes work experience with more than 70 local employers involved with the scheme.
The programme ends with a sailing expedition on the 72ft CatZero yacht from which the charity takes its name, that helps build confidence and self esteem.
Mr Dick said: "With the vital support of our partners, we have helped hundreds of young people find a future."
Chris Toyon, 22, is one of those.
He was unemployed for six months before joining the charity and went on to complete a three-day work placement at a company, which led him to apply for a job which he got.
And 19-year-old Sam Hodgkinson was unemployed and directionless when he joined the project.
After sailing on the CatZero yacht he was inspired to take a sailing apprenticeship and is close to qualifying as a commercially endorsed yacht master.
He aims to be the youngest ever skipper of a vessel in Clipper Round The World Yacht Race.
The first programme will begin in Grimsby on June 26, with a second in Immingham in September.
Participants will be referred by the JobCentre Plus teams in Grimsby and Immingham.
The CatZero yacht will be sailing from Hull to Grimsby on Wednesday ready for an open day for anyone interested, including local businesses, to have a look round, on Thursday alongside the Humber Cruising Association club house at Meridian Quay on Grimsby Fish Docks.
The event will run from 10.30am to 3pm and more details are available on 01482 333303.
One of our reporters will be sailing on the yacht – look out for his account of the trip coming soon, along with more information about the project.