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 these two videos:
Dumfries and Galloway – NHS
This community enterprise development project formed one strand of a ground breaking five year change programme called Putting you First and had a focus on developing services for people over the age of 50 and also those that support carers. This was really at the cutting edge of the personalisation agenda in Scotland at the Self-directed Support (Scotland) Act was only passed in 2013, representing both challenges and opportunities for the project.
Our work had a big focus on supporting the culture change of frontline workers via interactive workshops and speed networking events, to enable them to plan creatively and support customers to get a good life through community enterprise.
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.