Making a difference

17 November 2020 · Categories: Bulletins

Passionate people making a positive difference – creative ways to approach health and care

We were pleased to see so many enterprise, community and Local Authority leaders at our ‘Passionate people making a positive difference’ events in September – so many passionate people from across the country listening, sharing and learning with each other.

“When good things happen it’s because the community wants it to happen – the community gets involved and puts those things forward”

Andy Taylor – Business Development Manager @ Made In Wigan

Delegates heard from workshop leaders about the work of community enterprises and businesses and how they recognise the skills, talents and gifts of the people they support while investing in their place – creating good local jobs and keeping local money local. Delegates also found out more our role, working in local areas to help entrepreneurial people to start their own small business in the social care or health sectors.

“Community Catalysts were able to come into contact with a range of inspirational people that we may not reach as a Local Authority and they’ve nurtured them and supported them and developed ideas for businesses with a social agenda”

John Cocker – Health Improvement Practitioner @ Telford & Wrekin Council

Catch up on all you missed and watch the workshops here

Help us SHOUT about people being Valuable not Vulnerable!

Covid has challenged us individually and as a society. We hate the national focus on people’s vulnerability so, with help from the Government’s Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by the Government’s Coronavirus Community Support Fund, we’ve developed the Valuable not Vulnerable Project to do something about it. It is a 6-month project, all co-produced with a focus on Covid19 and people who are shielded. It will help people use what they are good at, whilst they are socially distanced. It will also challenge the ‘vulnerable’ narrative in the press and social media.

We can link directly with individuals or work through other organisations. We can offer our time and expertise and have a budget to fund the time of creatives who might add something extra. Work will take place in Telford and Wrekin, Shropshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Birmingham. Anyone in this area who has been formally or informally shielded or knows someone who has can contact us on

You can also support our work, share your story and shout the positives on social media using #valuablenotvulnerable

Find out more and get involved

Community Catalysts supports re-launch of The Coalition For Personalised Care

The Coalition for Personalised Care (C4PC) re-launched on 13 October 2020 with our support as temporary hosts to the network.

C4PC, which was previously known as the Coalition for Collaborative Care, is the single largest group of organisations and individuals which comes together with the goal of achieving personalised care for everyone.

We are so pleased to be hosting this influential network which spans voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations, royal colleges, academic bodies, improvement organisations, health and care practitioners and people with experience of accessing health and social care services.

“We recognise the importance of the C4PC partnership in promoting personalised health care and hope that we can make a real difference, creating system-wide change through our work with C4PC. We are excited to be part of this wider network because together we believe it is possible to make personalised care a reality for everyone.”

Sian Lockwood, CEO of Community Catalysts

Find out more about C4PC and the re-launch

The Buzz – 6 months on and over 100 activities!

Back in May, at the start of the Covid lockdown, we launched The Buzz as a way to help support people to stay active and inspired through what we thought would be a short, temporary disruption to the ‘normal’. However, as things evolved it became clear that the temporary stand-in we’d created had become a useful resource and was serving a purpose for people far beyond what we imagined…and so The Buzz grew from being a short-term stop gap into a 6-month project where we shared as many as 104 videos with accessible and inclusive ideas on things to do at home.

Find out more and watch the videos

Local Area Coordination Week

7th-11th December is Local Area Coordination week. One of the highlights of the week will be the Local Area Coordination conference where we’ll be exploring the
10 principles that guide Local Area Coordination and how they can help bring about positive change

We’ve invited the following 10 leaders of change to present their unique perspective on a principle and how it can help us move towards a better future for all:

  • Citizenship – Dr Simon Duffy, Founder and Director of the Centre for Welfare Reform
  • Relationships – David Robinson, Founder of The Relationships Project
  • Natural Authority – Nick Gardham, CEO of Community Organisers
  • Lifelong Learning – Serena Jones, Executive Director of Operations at Coastal Housing
  • Information – Angela Catley, Director of Development at Community Catalysts
  • Choice and Control – Ralph Broad, Director of Inclusive Neighbourhoods
  • Community – Clare Wightman, CEO of Grapevine Coventry
  • Contribution – Clenton Farquharson, Director of Community Navigator Services and expert in collaborative, person-centred care
  • Working Together – Sian Lockwood, CEO of Community Catalysts
  • Complementary Nature of Services – Jessica Studdert, Deputy CEO of New Local (formerly NLGN)

Conference places are free and we’d encourage anyone interested in Local Area Coordination, the principles, communities, building relationships and commissioning for the future to sign up via the button below. You can also join in on social media, either by following #LocalAreaCoordinationWeek or using the hashtag in your posts.

Find out more and book your FREE place

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