Community Catalysts and active local support
Community Catalysts is a social enterprise working in partnerships across the UK to try to
make sure that people who need support to live their lives can be part of strong, inclusive,
communities with real opportunities to connect, create and contribute.
They work to ensure people can get the help and care they need in ways, times and places that suit them, with real choice of attractive local options.
How do they do this ?
In a number of locations up and down the country they have contracts with councils or health authorities and employ a coordinator who runs a free development programme. They provide targeted support to local people to establish community micro- enterprises that deliver sustainable care and health services for other local people, creating jobs and volunteering opportunities.
What is the definition of a community micro-enterprise?
All community micro-enterprises aim to make a difference to the lives of local people. They:
• have 8 or fewer full -time staff or volunteers
• are independent of any larger organisation
• are set up in many different and creative ways such as: sole trader, partnership, small business, social enterprise, charity or voluntary organisation
How do Community Catalysts help people to set up their community micro - enterprise? They
• offer a friendly and supportive point of contact to explore ideas
• provide information on what local people need in that area to live a good life
• give people practical information on regulation, training and opportunities in the health and social care sector to ensure that all enterprises are safe and sustainable
• direct people to other organisations who can help locally and nationally (such as NACAS)
• connect enterprise leaders to each other for peer support
• help with raising the profile of enterprises once established – active support to engage with people locally who are looking for support and workers from social services/ health teams .
How do I know if they can support me?
Have a look at their website and check if they have a programme of support in your area