The CATCH (Challenging Attitudes, Changing Horizons) Programme is an innovative new initiative being delivered in the areas of North Belfast and Lurgan/ Craigavon.  Initially piloted by Co-operation Ireland with four schools in North Belfast in the Spring of 2013, CATCH now involves almost 400 young people who engage in a series of workshop which develop a positive sense of identity, cross-community contact and mutual understanding along with a sense of community engagement and social responsibility.

CATCH is about young people, making their voices heard in their community and being a force for positive change in those communities now and in the future. The project is being delivered across four schools in each of the two areas involved.  These are Belfast Royal Academy, Edmund Rice College, Hazelwood College and St. Patrick’s College in North Belfast and in Lurgan the schools involved are Lismore Comprehensive, Lurgan Junior HS, St Mary’s HS and St Paul’s HS.  Over a series of four workshops, the participants explore the following themes:

  • Identity
  • Community
  • Relationship Building
  • Exploring the Issues facing young people in these communities (in particular focusing on the causes of sectarianism, crime and anti-social behaviour)
  • Tackling the Issues

A unique feature of CATCH includes bringing a panel of local community leaders together to answer directly the questions that these young people have raised regarding the issues faced in their communities.