Meet Elona

Meet Elona

“My brother used to come to CATCH every day. He’d play pool and other games. I’d come to pick him up. I didn’t really know what this place was. I started to come with him. I was asked if I wanted to come and volunteer, but I didn’t know what volunteering was. After a few weeks, I agreed and found myself coming back again and again.

This place has changed me a lot. I had behaviour issues. I’d get annoyed and angry quite a lot. I’d start punching things. I never controlled myself. But since coming here, I’ve been able to control that. I think about how I’m behaving and think twice before doing anything. People were very encouraging and helped me with this stuff. Everyone has problems, but we leave our baggage at the door. Everyone is respectful of everyone else.”

CATCH is a volunteer led organisation based in Harehills that works to raise the aspirations of local young people. The Foundation supported the organisation through a Healthy Holidays grant, enabling attendees to broaden their food horizons and gender attitudes towards cooking, as well as offer nutritious meals to over 90 young people that attend their weekly Youth Club.

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