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Some of the participants at the catch 22 celebration event at West Suffolk House

Some of the participants at the catch 22 celebration event at West Suffolk House

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YOUNG people who have been helped by national charity Catch22 after leaving care took part in an event in which they shared their experiences and were rewarded for their endeavours.

West Suffolk House, in Bury St Edmunds, hosted the two-hour event which provided an opportunity for young people to express their thoughts about their experiences of working with the local authority while in care or after leaving care.

David Johnston, head of corporate planning for Suffolk County Council, presented certificates to the young people who had been nominated by their social worker or young persons adviser.

Di Ana Stewart, services manager for Catch22 16+ in Suffolk, said: “It was such a fun day, the young people were quite relaxed and there was a lot of laughter.”

A quiz was held between teams made up of of young people and local authority staff members with Leo Auroros acting as master of ceremonies.

Catch22 was set up three years ago and is a national charity which helps young people find work, find a safe home, avoid crime and give something back to the community.