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current work

current work

So what, what next – Transforming Care project

Enterprising People

Part of the Transforming Care programme and the idea of the national empowerment steering group who are supported by the Local Government Association (LGA). The project runs from December 2017 until July 2018 and will take place in the Black Country in partnership with the Black Country Transforming Care Partnership. Transforming Care has a focus on getting people with a learning disability and/or autism out of hospital and back into their communities. Everyone agrees that getting people out of hospital is important but making sure people have good lives out of hospital is important too. The project will focus on people who have recently moved out of hospital, their families and supporters, find different ways of doing things and new ways to support people to have good lives, make connections and contribute to their community. The Local Government Association, the empowerment group and Community Catalysts will share what we learn from the work. For more information

Integrated Personal Commissioning (IPC) – Luton

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We are working with the council and CCG in Luton in support of their local IPC programme. Our work has a focus on focus on adults with a learning disability linked to the Transforming Care agenda and people with mental health issues with experience of the Care Programme Approach (CPA) and/or Section 117 of the Mental Health Act. Initial work takes the form of diagnostic work to determine what is needed to develop a more personalised and community driven health and care ‘marketplace’ for people in these 2 groups. The second phase of work will then support local partners to enable them nurture community driven ‘start-up’ enterprises and influencing systems change.

Great Communities

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MacIntyre is a national charity providing support and making a positive contribution to the lives of people with learning disabilities for over 50 years. With considerable investment from MacIntyre, Community Catalysts and MacIntyre have formed an exciting partnership, working together to design and deliver the ground-breaking Great Communities project. Starting in Warrington the project will work with people supported by MacIntyre to help them to enhance their own lives and make a contribution to their community. In a time of austerity and cuts in services the project will also act as a catalyst for change to make Warrington a more connected and inclusive place and to stop people with a learning disability falling through the net. Lessons learned and approaches developed in the test site will be used to underpin wider, national transformational change within the sector.

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 called “Enterprising Communities” using an adaptation of our approach that has been tried and tested with community enterprise 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 testing our approach in two project sites – Telford and Wrekin and Warwickshire . We have been encouraged by the numbers of amazing community businesses and enterprises already working in each area. Our job now is to select the businesses and enterprises that we will work with that we believe have most potential to deliver vital care, health and wellbeing services for local people.

Integrated Personal Commissioning (IPC) – Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire

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We are working with both the City and County of Nottingham to think about control, choice and gaps in service options for children and young people and their families.  We have designed a series of action learning workshops designed to explore person centred ‘market development’ issues.

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

Community Enterprise

Building the business case for investment in support for community enterprise.

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation is one of the largest independent grant-makers in the UK. It aims to improve the quality of life for people and communities throughout the UK by funding the charitable work of organisations that are building an inclusive, creative and sustainable society. They have funded Community Catalysts to extend Enterprising Communities into a second phase which has a focus on community enterprise that tackle loneliness and increase community well-being.

Phase 2 also enables us to work with the University of Birmingham to evaluate the impact of the project and Community Catalysts’ approach. The results of this evaluation will inform the case for investment in support for enterprising local people. After a careful selection process we are about to begin work on phase 2 in partnership with local authority partners in York and Herefordshire.

Integrated Personal Commissioning (IPC) – Islington

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We are working with the council and CCG in Islington to help them analyse and understand current sources of information for people with complex multiple health conditions and young people with mental health problems looking for activities and services that will help improve their health and wellbeing. This analysis helps inform their strategy to improve the quality and accessibility of information.

Knowsley – Metropolitan Borough Council

Community Enterprise

Community Catalysts has been working with Knowsley Council on a 12 month Community Enterprise project, in 3 neighbourhoods of Knowsley. Mike Hanrahan, the local Catalyst has coordinated the delivery of this project broadening the range of  community based options for people who have health or care needs. The project has been extended to December 2017 which will provide the opportunity to agree legacy arrangements for the providers that we have supported in the area.

Integrated Personal Commissioning (IPC) – South West Integrated Personal Commissioning Team

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We are working with the Integrated Personal Commissioning Team to design two learning sets for primary care practitioners. They will focus on helping participants understand the breadth and value of local community resource and identify and remove barriers to access for people using primary care services.

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

Enterprising People

Community Catalysts has co-ordinated the “Do Your Thing” project, an exciting venture in the West Yorkshire borough of Kirklees. The project, funded by Kirklees Community Partnerships and Greater Huddersfield and North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) is due to finish at the end of October 2017.

The project engaged with people with a learning disability and/or autism to help them to think about what they do with their time and support people to take a lead in starting their own activity, support or interest groups.

Our local Catalyst Mark Finch created positive links to embed the work locally and has successfully supported the development of some great groups which is making a difference to the lives of those leading the activities and the people who participate.

Med One – Sharing Space in Huddersfield

This is the fantastic space Huddersfield restaurant Med One is sharing – could you use this space?

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Rotherham – Metropolitan Borough Council

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Community Catalysts is working  with Rotherham Council making connections between disabled people and their local community. Our local Catalyst Harry Clarkson has been working within the local community to forge connections, build capacity and seed and nurture relationships with people who use council social care services. Harry is also supporting the development of new community enterprises to increase the choice for people who need some help to live a good life.

Integrated Personal Commissioning (IPC) – NHS England

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‘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 were also a member of the Commissioning and Market Development Collaborative Development Group.

Integrated Personal Commissioning (IPC) – Lincolnshire

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We have been working with Lincolnshire IPC bringing our market development expertise in the health and care sector. Initially we undertook some diagnostic work and worked with enterprise development agencies, exploring the role they might play in the development of a more personalised health and care marketplace across Lincolnshire. We then moved on to work in partnership with the new Neighbourhood Team in Gainsborough to develop and test new approaches to community-led marketplace development in practice. Finally we produced a report and ‘top tips’ document designed to inform the roll out of the Neighbourhood Team model across the county.

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

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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.

Camphill Village Trust

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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 Catalyst 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 to ensure that the use of community based support becomes mainstream enabling more people to have a good life.

Camphill Village Trust

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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

Our third year report has just been published and shows our continuing success in helping local people in West and South Somerset to provide supports and services that allow older and disabled neighbours to stay at home and feel part of their community. There are now 223 community enterprises offering help to older people to enable them to stay at home. 58% of these providers offer personal care services, including for people with more complex care needs. This care is often provided alongside home help, domestic and social support. 42% offer home help type services including support, companionship, domestic help, gardening, cleaning, trips out, transport. 3,500 hours of care a week are delivered by community micro-enterprises in Somerset.

We are currently in discussion with Somerset Council about the possibilities for extending funding for the project for a fourth year.

Read about what is happening in Somerset and some examples of people doing great work


 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.