The competition aimed to tackle the issue of unemployment across the EU and invited entry from people with ‘new ideas on how to unlock fresh talent, skills, experience and insights …..to create new forms of work for tomorrow?’
There were 605 applications from 35 EU countries. 30 semi-finalists attended a mentoring workshop in Amsterdam and March, 10 finalists were invited to an awards event in Brussels……and one of the three winners was the social enterprise Community Catalysts CIC that works in the social care sector.
José Manuel Durão Barroso, President of the European Commission presented the prize of 20,000 euros together with a distinctive trophy to the winners.
Angela Catley accepted the prize on behalf of Community Catalysts. She said afterwards ‘We were shocked and delighted by the award. There were so many good ideas put forward by so many good organisations. It’s amazing to win against such tough competition’
Community Catalysts winning proposal was to extend the reach and impact of their work with micro social care providers by establishing a managed network of business mentors throughout the UK via an on-line platform. The platform will connect talents in business and communities, creating jobs by helping people to use their creativity to set up sustainable, small-scale social care and health services. This in turn will create real and affordable choice for people who use care and support services in response to the personalisation agenda
More information on the competition