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past work

past work

Examples of Past Work

Power to Change

Community Business

Power to Change grows and supports community businesses in England using funding from the Big Lottery. They have funded Community Catalysts to design and manage an exciting project called “Enterprising Communities” using an adaptation of our tried and tested approach with community enterprise for community business. We are testing our approach in two project sites – Telford and Wrekin and Warwickshire.

In Telford and Wrekin and Warwickshire we are working with a dynamic range of community businesses, to help them grow and become more sustainable, from arts and crafts initiatives, libraries, churches and community centres.

Read about one of the wonderful community businesses we are working with.

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

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.

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.


Community Enterprise

Westview Community Association supported by Housing Association Regenda recognised that many of their tenants were not fulfilling their potential to live active lives as participating, economically active citizens in their community. Community Catalysts were asked to use asset based approaches to build the self-esteem and confidence of residents who live in Fleetwood, supporting them to recognise and use their skills, interests and talents through community enterprises and ventures that benefit other local people.

Community Catalysts ran 4 sessions with residents supporting them to think differently, look at what they are good at, start to bring all that together and enable them to make a local contribution.

• 17 residents were involved in the workshops
• 1 resident/ volunteer found the confidence to apply for a full-time job out of the area and was successful
• 2 residents have set up a Limited Liability Partnership as a social prescribing pathway for the arts in Fleetwood and have attracted start -up funding as a result of the project
• 3 volunteers now have paid sessions as a result of funding ,which was sourced as part of the project
• Funding has been sourced to support residents to set up a gardening social enterprise scheme; this will also link in to reducing the number of residents who get enforcement notices on their properties for untidy gardens
• Some people have gained confidence and will be supported to link with  local business organisations to look further into self-employment and/or to develop a social enterprise

Community Catalysts have developed comprehensive workbooks for Westview Community Association to run similar workshops in the future, engaging new groups of residents to start their enterprising  journey.

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


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.


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.


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.

Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire

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.

Working with you has been very informative and  challenging (in a positive way). But always fun! I really hope we are able to benefit from more @commcats expertise in the future to support delivery of #personalisecare across the ICS to acheive meaningful choice and control.

South West Integrated Personal Commissioning Team

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.

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.

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.

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) 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.

Read the final project report here

Med One – Sharing Space in Huddersfield

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)

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 this video:

Worcestershire – County Council

Community Enterprise

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

Enterprising Minds – Hansel in Ayrshire

Enterprising People

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.