The Catalyst Programme

Catalyst is a dynamic and exciting programme offering free training to young people of diverse faiths and backgrounds who are between 16 and 26 years of age.

We equip young people with the skills and confidence to take on leadership roles, develop local social action and transform their own communities.

Our Upcoming Catalyst Dates Include:

North London: 23, 24, 25 & 26 October (Half term)

South London: 24, 25 October & 19 , 20 December

Luton: 23, 24, 25 & 26 October (Half term)

Manchester: 23, 24, 25, 26 October (Half Term)

Leeds: 11, 18, 25 November & 1 December

Bradford: 4, 5, 6 & 7 December

February half term (exact dates TBC) are likely in London, Sandwell, Birmingham, Bradford & Leeds

We release new dates regularly, so call our team on 028 989 1667 for a chat today!

Catalyst Has Four Aims

To help young people:

  1. Develop the confidence and the commitment to act as agents of positive change
  2. Develop a positive identity for living in a multi-faith, multi-ethnic Britain
  3. Develop creative leaders to act as role models in local communities
  4. Develop the skills and experience to play their part in building a strong civil society and enhance their employability. 

How it works

  • Phase One: Recruitment

We do this with the help of local partners, faith based organisations, schools, youth and community groups, further or higher education institutions as well as our Near Neighbours networks.

  • Phase Two: Catalyst Learning

We bring together young people from different ethnic backgrounds, providing training, dialogue and facilitated learning on a range of topics related to leadership, media and communication, peace, identity, faith and social action.

Phase Three: Catalyst Futures

We provide ongoing connection with the programme through our events, further sessions and opportunities to apply for funding, social media and local and national networks, supported by Near Neighbours partners.

“Catalyst changed my life. It opened my mind in a way that I didn’t know before, it broadened so many horizons and opened so many doors.” - Jasmin,  Catalyst Graduate from Luton

Day One: Identity, Faith & Belonging


  • To explore concepts of identity and belonging and what they mean to young people in the UK, including key points of debate.
  • To reflect on and discuss the importance of living in a diverse society


Day Two: Exploring Leadership


  • To hear ideas about leadership from thinking and practice and explore how young people relate to this
  • To explore positive and negative leadership styles, behaviours and personality traits
  • To discuss the types of leaders who inspire and motivate young people to take on leadership positions
  • To explore the challenges of being a leader

Day Three: Media & Effective Communication


  • To explore the relevance and impact of modern media communication

  • To hear ideas about how to communicate more effectively and gain practical experience in presentation and public speaking skills

  • To learn how to use the same material, with different angles, for multiple platforms

Day Four: Social Action & Positive Change


  • To reflect on what we mean by social action and positive change

  • To explore what young people would like to change within their own communities

  • To outline a step by step approach to how young people can get organised and take action to transform their communities

Apply to Catalyst

If you're interested in applying for the Catalyst programme, please download and complete these files and return to

Catalyst Application Form

Parental Consent Form (for applicants under 18)

Catalyst Information

If you're looking for more information, you may be interested in the following resources:

1. Catalyst Brochure

2. Catalyst Flyer

3. Editable Catalyst Flyer for Partners

4. Catalyst Information for Trainers

5. Catalyst Evaluation Summary

Contact Us

If you have any questions about Catalyst, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Wahida Shaffi, Director of Catalyst:

T: 0207 898 1667

M: 07983 646 096

Becky Brookman, Deputy Director of Catalyst:

T: 0207 898 1667 

M: 07837 936 957