Catalyst in the North

Catalyst in the North


Near Neighbours is running a series of Catalyst courses across our northern hubs that is designed to offer leadership training to young people. 

The courses are completely free and are taking place this autumn in the Black Country & Birmingham, Dewbsury, and Bury. The course is accredited by Leicester College, so all graduates will receive a level 2 qualification. 

What is Catalyst?

Catalyst is for individuals who may ascribe to a faith or belief, who are between 18-30 years of age who want to make a difference in their own communities, meet new people, and acquire new skills and knowledge.

You are only eligible to attend the programme that is specific to the areas that you live in e.g Dewsbury Catalyst Leaders Programme is usually only eligible to those living in Dewsbury. We have sometimes made allowances for those living in nearby areas where candidates have shown a high level of interest and experience.

What values underpin Catalyst?

We hope to encourage an atmosphere of mutual respect, trust, and long term cooperation. All participants will be expected to sign up to our Catalyst Values Statement and will be expected to adhere to Catalyst Ground Rules whilst on the programme. These will be provided once candidates have been selected.

When are the courses taking place?

Where When
Black Country & Birmingham 19th, 20th, 26th, & 27th September 2015
Dewsbury 31st October, 1st, 2nd, & 3rd November 2015
Bury 8th, 9th, 10th, & 11th November 2015

Where can you find out more?

There are a variety of resources available that will allow you to find out more about the course and help you to understand what kind of experience you will have. 

  • To get more details about the specifics of the courses, take a look at the Programme Guide
  • To read about one individual experience of a Catalyst course, click here
  • Watch videos to learn more about Catalyst courses here and here

How do you apply?

To apply please download one of the below application forms and follow the instructions: 

Contact Information 

If you want to ask any questions about the Black Country and Birmingham course, please contact Ruth Burgess:

If you want to ask any questions about the Dewsbury course, please contact Wahida Shaffi:

If you want to ask any questions about the Bury course, please contact Wahida Shaffi or Carlo Schroder:

Author: Mr Tim Burton-Jones

Date: 14 August 2015