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Commissioning Academy for Elected Members
Thursday 16th & Friday 17th February 2017
Scarman House, Warwick Conferences, Coventry

This event looks at ways that elected members can help and improve the commissioning activity of their council and explores key policy issues and challenges from stakeholders’ perspectives. Chris Clarke will be presenting some of the issues from the perspective of small local community enterprises.

Care for yourself; care for others in your local community as a self -employed worker.
Taster sessions Thursday March 9th 2017

Community Catalysts will be supporting CVS St Albans to run  two taster sessions in Hertfordshire to help local people to set up their own support and care enterprise.  The sessions are aimed at people who may currently be in a caring role, have recently qualified in the health and care sector and/or have experience of caring for a family member. They will also help people such as hairdressers, cleaners, or home-physio, interested in offering a wider range of support to their clients..  The same session runs twice; once in the afternoon in Welwyn Hatfield (details here) and then in the evening in St Albans (details here). CVS St Albans will be offering both Training & Development grants of up to £250 and Try-It-Out start-up grants of up to £1000 to budding new social entrepreneurs based in Hertfordshire, who have a great idea that will make a real difference within adult support & care.

Hertfordshire Social Enterprise Fair
Monday 3rd April 2017

Community Catalysts will be speaking at Hertfordshire’s first ever Social Enterprise Fair, a celebration of social enterprise, with skills workshops and networking:
Skills workshops on crowdfunding, social media, and more
Lots of chances for networking, sharing ideas and collaboration
Marketplace of local agencies and useful organisations

The event will be run in partnership between St Albans CVS, the University of Hertfordshire Social Enterprise Unit, and the University of Hertfordshire Business Academy
For info and to book, go to https://herts-socent-fair.eventbrite.co.uk.  Early bird tickets available until end Feb.











“Your presentation on community enterprise was a real hit… The event aimed to be a springboard for action, clearly your contribution has been a catalyst for change – Thank you! Dave Martin – The Centre for Policy on Ageing

“Just a quick note to say a very sincere thank you for presenting at our conference yesterday. Feedback has been excellent, and it has to be said, you were a real hit.
Conference organiser

Excellent thought-provoking presentation
Conference attendee

“On behalf of everyone here at CCPS to say thank you for your fantastic contribution to our Making SDS Happen event.  You brought great enthusiasm and positive ideas as well as a great reality check on where things are with Self-directed Support.”
CCPS – Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland

“Can I just formally thank you for all of your energy and expertise over the last two days.  The workshops ran brilliantly and you have managed to bring out a lot of good thinking across our managers in terms of community networking.  The workshop has achieved its aim and with you on board it made a real difference. Our Transformation lead also wanted me to pass on her thanks, she was very pleased with the overall impact of the conference and the workshops all received good feedback. Thanks again and hope to be able to work with you again in the near future”  Ian Ware Head of Practice, Interserve plc