Examples of Past Work
Knowsley – Metropolitan Borough Council
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.
Kirklees – Kirklees Community Partnership & Greater Huddersfield & North Kirklees CCGs
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) finished 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.
This is the fantastic space Huddersfield restaurant Med One is sharing – could you use this space?
Posted by Comoodle on Thursday, 7 September 2017
London Borough of Barking & Dagenham (LBBD)
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:
Worcestershire – County Council
Community Catalysts recently completed an exciting project in partnership with Worcestershire County Council. The aim of the project was to help increase choice for people who need care and support by developing a wide range of community enterprises.
Over the 3 years of the project our local catalyst Chris Clarke worked with 51 existing enterprises to enable them to adapt their services for people who need support; nurtured the development of 25 new enterprises and advised a further 41. The result is a directory of over 84 services and supports that social workers can refer to or people and their families can contact directly. Between them these enterprises support 1,804 older or disabled people, provide employment for 143 and volunteering opportunities for 277 local people
For great examples of some excellent folks supported by this project watch this video:
Enterprising Minds – Hansel in Ayrshire
Community Catalysts co-designed and co-delivered a project in Ayrshire called Enterprising Minds, in partnership with the charity Hansel. This project helped people with a learning disability or autism, some of whom had complex needs, to think differently about what they do with their time. It also linked people with the business community by creating supportive ‘enterprise circles’ around each disabled entrepreneur. The project had great outcomes and in 1 year more than 26 disabled people were helped to turn their dreams into reality. An accessible and engaging report details the approach, outcomes and the stories of some of the 26 people involved and the project video brings 4 of these stories to life.
Innovation Challenge – Leicestershire County Council and Supported Housing Providers
Community Catalysts worked with supported housing providers in Leicestershire on an exciting project called Innovation Challenge. The aim of the project was to support organisations to innovate, enhance and transform the services that they offered. To kick start this innovation Leicestershire Adults and Communities Department identified £70,000 and supported housing providers with existing council contracts were able to bid for bursaries of up to £10,000 per project. To be eligible for a bursary projects were required to have a focus on community participation, coproduction and personalisation and many would be led by people using supported housing services.
8 projects were successful in gaining a bursary and these represented a wide cross section of the supported housing sector. Each of the successful projects demonstrates innovation, partnership working and co- production. Read about the project here