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current work

current work

Power to Change

Community Business

Power to Change is the organisation set up to grow and support community businesses in England using funding from the Big Lottery.  They have funded Community Catalysts to design and manage an exciting new project using our approach, tried and tested with community enterprise  and adapting it for community business. This is a pioneering programme of work, the learning from which will inform the establishment of a wider community of practice of people working innovatively to harness the resource of communities. We are starting work within newly selected project sites of Telford and Wrekin and Warwickshire .

Knowsley – Metropolitan Borough Council

Community Enterprise

Community Catalysts are pleased to be working in partnership with Knowsley Council on a 12 month pilot project, in 3 neighbourhoods of Knowsley. We recently appointed Mike Hanrahan to coordinate the delivery of this Community Micro-enterprise Project which aims to broaden community based options for people who have health or care needs.

Kirklees – Kirklees Community Partnership & Greater Huddersfield & North Kirklees CCGs

Enterprising People

Community Catalysts is supporting the “Do Your Thing” project, an exciting new venture in the West Yorkshire borough of Kirklees. The project runs for 22 months and is funded by Kirklees Community Partnerships and Greater Huddersfield and North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).
The project is engaging with people with a learning disability and/or autism to help them to think about what they do with their time. The main aim is to support people to take a lead in starting their own activity, support or interest groups. A key aspect of the project is to identify and inspire people who do not use care services.

Our co-ordinator Mark Finch is based at Volunteering Kirklees in the centre of Huddersfield, who is creating great links to embed this work locally.

Rotherham – Metropolitan Borough Council

Analyse Imagine Transform

Community Catalysts has started a 3 year project in Rotherham which aims to make connections between disabled people and their local community. We are have recruited a locally based Catalyst, Harry Clarkson who will work within the local community to forge connections, build capacity and seed and nurture relationships with people who use council social care services

Integrated Personal Commissioning (IPC) – NHS England

Analyse Imagine Transform

Following an announcement by Simon Stevens in 2014, the Integrated Personal Commissioning (IPC) programme was formally launched in April 2015 as a partnership between NHS England and the Local Government Association. IPC is a new approach to joining up health, social care and other services at the level of the individual. It enables people, carers and families to blend and control the resources available to them across the system in order to ‘commission’ their own care through personalised care planning and personal budgets’                                                                                                                              NHS England

Community Catalysts is an IPC partner – one of the voluntary and community sector organisations contributing their expertise to the programme. We are a member of the Commissioning and Market Development Collaborative Development Group.

Integrated Personal Commissioning (IPC) – NHS England

Analyse Imagine Transform

We have been working with Lincolnshire IPC bringing our market development expertise in the health and care sector. We have undertaken some diagnostic work, talking to public sector leads, carers and other people with an interest in health and care to better understand the services and supports people want and the barriers they face in sourcing and using them . We are now working with enterprise development agencies, exploring the role they might play in the development of a more personalised health and care marketplace across Lincolnshire. We are also working in partnership with the Neighbourhood Network in Gainsborough to develop and test new approaches to community-led marketplace development in practice.

Quality Checking Enterprises – NHS England

Enterprising People

Community Catalysts are working in partnership with Inclusion North on this project which has been commissioned by NHS England. NHS England wants to give people with a learning disability the skills and resources to check how the quality of NHS services across England Community Catalysts and Inclusion North have been commissioned to help people with a learning disability to think through all the challenges and opportunities of running their own enterprise, build their skills and confidence, get their enterprise off the ground and link with other people doing the same thing.

Perth & Kinross Council

Analyse Imagine Transform

Community Catalysts has been commissioned by Perth and Kinross Council to undertake a short project on self-directed support – reviewing the current approach to supporting people in their own homes and identify future actions to develop the local marketplace.

Triborough – Councils

Community Enterprise

The Triborough councils are keen to develop alternatives which improve outcomes for people with a learning disability by providing more personalised, community-based alternatives and opportunities for people to have new experiences. Community Catalysts are supporting Triborough with a targeted piece of work in Westminster to review the current position with regard to community-based day opportunities, volunteering and work opportunities for people with learning disabilities , together with the operational blocks and challenges which may prevent people taking up these opportunities.

Camphill Village Trust

Analyse Imagine Transform

Community Catalysts worked with CVT in 2015/2016 to develop the business case for investment in the development of a Shared Lives service across eight of the nine communities. The Board of Trustees agreed the necessary investment at their meeting in April 2016 and since then Community Catalysts has been working with CVT on the establishment of their Shared Lives service.

Thurrock – Council

Community Enterprise

Community Catalysts supported  local co-ordinator Sue Wellard (employed by Thurrock Council) with an initial one year community enterprise development programme. This was a really exciting opportunity as the council are committed to Local Area Coordination (LAC) which helps people who need some support to build their vision for a good life, stay strong and control services and resources. The community enterprise programme has complemented this work as the community ventures support people to get a good life. Close working partnerships with the LAC team have been formed to gain great outcomes for all in the community.

We are really pleased to be commissioned for a further year, to work with colleagues in the council with a specific focus on culture and system change.

Camphill Village Trust

Analyse Imagine Transform

Camphill Village Trust (CVT) is a progressive UK charity supporting adults with learning disabilities, mental health problems and other support needs through 9 urban and rural communities in England http://www.cvt.org.uk/.

Community Catalysts is working on a exciting partnership project with CVT with the two organisations pooling their considerable knowledge and expertise. We will help to shine a spotlight on the organisation’s core CVT values of contribution and enterprise and explore development opportunities for individuals, communities and the wider organisation.  We have discovered much about existing enterprising activity (and there is a lot), explored people’s ideas and aspirations and helped people think about new ways to bring new people who need support to live their lives into CVT communities.

Somerset –  County Council 

Community Enterprise

Due to the success of the last two years, the project has been extended for a third year continuing the focus on developing new options for older people to stay at home in their community. This year will focus on developing enterprises in some specific parishes of the county, evidencing impact, and working closely with the local hospice to support a wider choice of support in the community

v2 Community care and health enterprises working at scale Feb 2017

Read examples of people doing great work in Somerset

 

London Borough of Barking & Dagenham (LBBD)

Community Enterprise

After a three year programme, LBBD council have shown a commitment to continue support to community entrepreneurs locally by identifying a “community enterprise champion” in the borough who remains connected to our community of practice.

For great examples of some excellent folks supported by this project watch these two videos:

 London Borough of Newham

Community Enterprise

After a four year programme Newham council are continuing support to community entrepreneurs locally by identifying a local “community enterprise champion” who remains connected to our community of practice. Attendance at our national co-ordinator meeting will continue to connect and inspire the local worker.