In January, Catalyst’s Community Programme Manager, Karen Grundy, had the pleasure and honour of being interviewed by individuals taking part in the Returneeship Scheme.

The Returneeship scheme offers people over 40 who are not in employment an opportunity to learn and develop new skills on a 4 week course that includes classroom and work placements or suitable opportunities.

Learners on the course were told on their first morning that they were going to have a 2-day crash course on how to and actually making a TV show. They were then immediately set to work – we’re sure it was a shock for them all!

On the day, Karen arrived to be interviewed and was surprised to find a whole TV studio had been set up, with a large audience of learners and staff watching. The format of the show was similar to that of The One Show, highlighting some of the organisations that impact Stockton-On-Tees including live studio presenting and interviews and pre-recorded segments about Stockton and interviews with some Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise organisations and local interest groups.

Karen was mic’d up and interviewed between the Omelette Challenge VT and answered questions from the presenters on the VCSE sector in Stockton and what benefits and opportunities there are for people wanting to volunteer.

Speaking about her interview, Karen said, “it was a really great experience to be involved and to see the fantastic work that is being done. To see what was achieved in such a short time was incredible.”

The event was a huge success, a testament to the work put in by the learners and we wish them huge success in the Returneeship course!

To find out more about the Returneeship course visit,

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