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CATS Says GOODBYE
COMMUNITY ACTION THROUGH SPORT SAYS GOODBYE
It is with great sadness that I have to announce the closure of the Community Action Through Sport (CATS) charity. This decision has not been taken lightly, but after continued efforts we have been unable to secure future funding to support the continuation of CATS and the work we do across Cornwall and Devon.
Although the closure of CATS is very sad, we would like to take a look back at some of our fantastic achievements since CATS was first created in 2005: –
Community Action Through Sport (CATS) is a registered charity and was established in 2005 in Bude, North Cornwall. CATS was established in answer to anti-social behaviour and in response to a dispersal area being imposed on the young people of Bude.
Simply put, CATS offered all young people the opportunity to get involved, in a positive way with their community. This positive action was rewarded with sports activities and/or healthy living rewards. Very often sports that the young person has not had the opportunity to try, or considered before.
- From 2005 to 2010 16 Awards evenings were held, rewarding over 1,950 young people for their positive community action, these young people were from the Bude, Bodmin, Callington & Saltash CATS Branches areas.
- In this initial phase of the charity, we also saw the growth of sports diversionary projects, impacting on life-skills; personal development and employability skills for the young people involved. As well as many young people led initiatives, which are still ongoing today and some of which are outlined in greater detail below.
- At its peak, CATS had a total of 14 volunteer-led Community Branches across Devon and Cornwall – working to promote opportunities for young people to engage, in a positive way, with their communities.
- Since 2011 (via our CATS Awards Evenings), CATS has recognised and rewarded a further 3046 young people (aged 5 – 25) for their volunteer work. Adding to this the awards from 2005 – 2010, this is a total of 4,996 young people.
- Since 2011 (via a total of 12 Surf Reward Weekends), CATS recognised a further 470 young people from inner cities such as Bristol, Coventry and London, for their volunteer work. Giving them the opportunity to visit Devon/Cornwall and engage with activities/an environment not readily accessible in their daily lives.
- Since 2011 CATS has run a total of 37 Diversionary schemes – engaging with 437 young people and supporting 356 of them to gain a qualification (81% success rate) These schemes have used multiple means of engagement such as; Kayaking/Canoeing, Climbing, Surfing, Tae Kwon Do, Dance, Basketball, Multi-Sports, Health and Well Being, Trampolining, Horse and Pony Care and Sailing.
- Since 2011 CATS has run a total of 12 Transition schemes – engaging with 319 young people and helping them to make smoother transitions. These schemes have used the following means of engagement; Climbing, Table Tennis, Multi-Sports, Tae Kwon Do, Dance ,Swimming and Roller Sports
- Since 2011 CATS has supported a total of 38 young person led projects – seeing 351 young people take on the role of Project Lead
- CATS successfully delivered a 3 year Big Lottery Funded project and secured core cost funding to support the continuation of the charity for a further 2 years beyond that Big Lottery project.
- CATS successfully supported a community initiative to re-open Holsworthy Youth Club in April 2014 following its closure as a result of central government cuts. Providing a safe space for local young people to socialise, interact, engage with new activities and learn new skills on a weekly basis. In its first year, Holsworthy Youth Club engaged with a total of 76 young individuals and provided volunteering opportunities for local community members, ranging in age from 14 – 70+
- CATS successfully supported the development of a Basketball club run by Plymouth Raiders in Torpoint – this club led on from several successful Basketball Diversionary schemes run by Torpoint & Rame CATS and from a desire for the young people to be able to further the skills they acquired as part of these schemes.
- CATS supported the continuation and growth of the popular Bude CATS’ Friday Night Splash swim sessions. These sessions stemmed from a community programme that was developed originally by two 15 year old girls in 2010 – they saw a need to provide young people with an activity on a Friday night to help reduce or prevent anti-social behaviour related incidents occurring. In 2015/16 alone, Friday Night Splash engaged with a total of 197 young individuals and provided volunteering opportunities for a small but dedicated team of young people.
- These volunteering opportunities have given immeasurable support to many members of the wider community, engaging with community schemes, organisations and individuals to expand the impact of CATS – including U3A IT classes, attendance and support and Residential Home events etc.
- CATS received recognition of the impact of our work via a 2013 Big Society Award, presented by Prime Minister David Cameron at 10 Downing Street in June 2013.
- CATS was awarded the 2012 Action Against Anti-Social Behaviour and Community Education Award in association with the Police Community Clubs of Great Britain.
- CATS was awarded the 2010 Cornwall Community Foundation Award for the Bude CATS’ Young Person Led Friday Night Splash project, presented by the Duchess of Cornwall.
- CATS received London 2012 Inspire Mark status for CATS Street Paddler & Urban Surf Sports Diversionary schemes. CATS also received London 2012 Inspire Mark status for CATS Surf Reward Weekends and for Bude CATS’ Friday Night Splash project.
- CATS was awarded a ‘Leading the Change’ Innovation Award by the Youth Sport Trust in 2009 for our Community Cohesion work and impact on young people, presented by Dame Kelly Holmes and Richard Caborn, the then Minister for Sport.
CATS has achieved a great deal since 2005 and as such, has supported thousands of young people and multiple communities in Cornwall and Devon.
We are immensely proud that certain CATS Branches are seeking to continue aspects of their work and we wish the volunteers all the best for their future efforts – we will do all that we can to support these endeavours. In particular, representatives from Bude CATS are seeking to ensure the continuation of Friday Night Splash, representatives from Holsworthy & Rural CATS are seeking to ensure the continuation of youth provision at Holsworthy Youth Club and representatives from Torpoint & Rame CATS are seeking to ensure that opportunities for young people to engage in activities in their local area can continue in the future and representatives from Callington & Saltash CATS will complete their Growing Zone project.
We would like to express our gratitude to all those who have volunteered for CATS in the past or supported our activities in any way – it is you, the volunteers, who have helped CATS to achieve so much and you should be very proud of the impact you have had, we are certainly proud of each and every one of you!
Mrs Denise May MBE
Co-Founder Community Action Through Sport
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Karen for her commitment, efficiency and professionalism throughout her time at CATS. I know you will join us in conveying these thanks, having built up such positive and supportive relationships with yourselves at each individual branch. She has made a huge impact in her role and we are indebted to her productive and visionary work ethic.
We are pleased to report that Karen has secured employment elsewhere and as such, will be leaving CATS on 07.07.16. If you have any questions or queries or require any information, please be sure to contact Karen prior to 07.07.16
CATS Trustee Richard McKie will continue to act as Safeguarding Lead following Karen’s departure and until the closure of the CATS Charity is finalised. Richard can be contacted via 07479 969334
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CATS welcomes a NEW Trustee
11.09.14 – CATS Staff and Trustees would like to welcome Superintendent Michele Slevin – Local Area Policing Commander for North and West Devon, on board as our NEWEST CATS Trustee!
August 2014 Newsletter
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CATS a NEW Era!
On 31.07.14 CATS came to the end of a successful 3 year Big Lottery Funded project which began in April 2011.
All End of Grant Reporting has now been submitted to the Big Lottery Fund, highlights of this included reporting that since 2011, with support from the Big Lottery Fund and others, CATS : –
- Successfully Established 14 CATS Community Branches throughout Devon and Cornwall
- Ran 27 CATS Sports Diversionary schemes, engaging with 325 ‘at risk’ young people and supporting 282 of them to gain a sporting qualification as a result – 87% success rate
- Developed and ran NEW for 2014, CATS Transition Schemes (using Climbing and Table Tennis) designed to help young people make successful transitions while building confidence and self esteem – engaging with 27 young people and seeing 26 of them complete the scheme – 96% success rate
- Built on the success of CATS Street Paddler and Urban Surf Diversionary schemes and developed/ran NEW CATS Sports Diversionary schemes using Basketball, Climbing and Multi-Sports as a means of engagement
- Engaged with 23 Secondary and 109 Primary Feeder Schools – giving them the opportunity to nominate young people for CATS Awards and Refer young people onto Diversionary / Transition Schemes
- Supported 38 Youth Led projects, seeing 351 young people take on the role of Project Lead
- Ran 13CATS Surf Reward Weekends/Days, engaging with 451 positive inner city young people and recognising/rewarding them for their positive community action
- Supported our CATS Community Branches to run a total of 20 CATS Awards Evenings – seeing 2205 young people receive recognition and reward for their positive community action
- Recognised and Rewarded a total of 2656 young people for their positive community action via our CATS Awards Evenings and CATS Surf Reward Weekends/Days
CATS Staff and Trustees would like to thank Big Lottery Fund for their support since 2011 and for enabling CATS to achieve the above and much more.
CATS Staff and Trustees would like to thank all those who have supported the CATS project in this time, especially our CATS Community Branch committee members/volunteers – none of the above would have been possible without you!
21.07.14 – CATS Trustees and Staff are delighted to announce that CATS has received Core Cost Funding for the Salary of a Project Development Manager from The Tudor Trust for a period of 2 years, this will help ensure the continuation of the CATS project and its impact on the communities it serves.
CATS Trustees and Staff would like to thank The Tudor Trust for such generous support
The Garfield Weston Foundation
15.05.14 – CATS Trustees and Staff are delighted to announce that CATS has received £10,000.00 Funding from The Garfield Weston Foundation – for use towards the continuation of the CATS project.
CATS Trustees and Staff would like to thank The Garfield Weston Foundation for such generous support
2015 CATS AGM PLANNED
CATS UK staff and Trustees have set the date for the 2015 CATS AGM – Thursday 23rd April 2015 at 6pm is the date and time. Venue to be confirmed nearer the time although we will be looking to hold the AGM in Bodmin/Wadebridge in order to make it more accessible for our CATS Community Branches. All CATS Members are invited to attend (CATS Members are Affiliated CATS Community Branches)
For more information contact the office on firstname.lastname@example.org or via 01288 488086
2014 CATS AGM
Wednesday 23rd April 2014 is the date, 10am is the time and Bude is the venue!
CATS Members (CATS Community Branch Committee Members) are invited to attend the AGM. We would strongly advise that each CATS Community Branch sends at least one representative. Please advise Karen or Sarah by no later than 31st March 2014 if you wish to attend. Please contact us via 01288 488086 or email@example.com if you require more information or if you wish to notify us regarding attendance.
We look forward to seeing our Members on the day.
Some Christmas cheer from the CATS staff
Click the link to see our Christmas Newsletter 2013 – get ready for a full update on what CATS has been up to!
2013 CATS Surf Reward Weekends underway!
In 2013 CATS will be running 6 CATS Surf Reward Weekends for positive young people from inner cities.
We have been liaising with youth groups and youth projects from across the UK and asking them to nominate POSITIVE young people from their city to attend a CATS Surf Reward Weekend. All the young people invited to attend have been involved in some form of positive community action, and so, thanks to the money from Big Lottery Fund, CATS is able to invite them to a residential centre in Cornwall or Devon, to try out a sport they may not otherwise have easy access to. This is their reward for the positive community action they have undertaken back home.
CATS Surf Reward Weekends are a great chance to recognise and reward young people for the positive contributions they make to their communities and in doing so, encourage them to keep up the good work. We hope that when they return home and tell their friends all about the amazing reward they have just taken part in; their friends will also be inspired to do something positive for their community as a way of one day, perhaps, earning a reward like a CATS Surf Reward Weekend!
There are lots of other exciting activities on offer to the young people for them to try during a CATS Surf Reward Weekend, some of which include; Beach Games, Archery, Canoeing, Abseiling and Camp Fire Games – it is all about having fun and rewarding the positive young people!
Whenever possible, during CATS Surf Reward Weekends, we encourage local young people to support the activities by acting as volunteers, thus promoting greater rural / urban cohesion.
CATS Awarded 2013 Big Society Award
Community Action Through Sport Awarded 2013 Big Society Award!
CATS UK had a fantastic day on 10.06.13 when we were invited to travel to London and attend a Big Society Award Winners Reception at 10 Downing Street.
Our timing when arriving at 10 Downing Street was perfect as we managed to meet up with North Cornwall MP Dan Rogerson, who joined us when we were presented to Prime Minister David Cameron
What an honour!
Take a look at this link to see some press coverage of our trip that appeared in Bude and Stratton Post on 19.06.13
http://www.bude-today.co.uk/news.cfm?id=20134&headline=Prime Minister lauds accomplishments of Bude organisation as he presents Big Society Award
Other News –
Community Action Through Sport were nominated for The Action Against Anti-Social Behaviour Award by our Co-Founder, Denise May MBE, in the 2012 Community Education Awards and………
check out this link to the online Citizenship Magazine and the write up on CATS which appears on page 7
CATS has been awarded £256,750 from the big lottery and a further £20,000 from Lloyds TSB Grants for England and Wales.
- It is one of those things that comes in the post and you can’t quite believe it! I mean, that is a quarter of a million pounds! To be precise, we have been awarded £276,750 in total to support us and all our branches over the next 3 years! After the elation, the panic has set in over the sheer enormoity of the project that we know we can deliver, but now it is for real!!
So what are we planning to do with the money?
We have 5 key areas:
- Develop 30 CATS branches in new communities across Cornwall & Devon. Each branch works to recognise and reward an average of 120 young people each year at annual CATS Awards Evenings.
- To compliment this, we plan to engage with of 30 secondary schools and 150 primary schools by recognising that schools are an extension of the community and so allowing them to recognise young people via our CATS Awards Evenings.
- To identify and develop 30 community projects run by young people for young people.
- To launch and deliver 16 Sports Diversionary schemes in Devon and Cornwall with a further 5 across the wider UK.
- To see positive young people from inner cities across the UK be recognised and rewarded for their community contribution with a total of 11 CATS Surf Reward Weekends and 2 CATS Surf Reward Days. Not only introducing inner city youngsters to surfing but integrating local rural young people by hosting a multi cultural weekend.We have strict criteria for delivering our programmes which have had such a positive effect on young people. So we will be coming to an area near you soon!