Central Bedfordshire

Community enterprise development with a strong focus on the local systems and culture change needed to create real choice for people.

This project is helping local people to develop community enterprises who are able to offer care and help at home to older people. It also supports community enterprises offering other help to local people and new start ups or established enterprises interested in diversification or development of their model. As part of the project, we have developed a directory to showcase community enterprises in the local area.

In 2022 the project was extended for another 3 years, widening the reach across the North and South of the county.

Ian Hanton, Development and Commissioning Manager at Central Bedfordshire talks about working with Community Catalysts to disrupt social care conventions to bring more choice and control to residents:

I’m so grateful to be supported by [Community Catalysts] who are helping to raise my profile and get connected with others working in adult social care. The support is so beneficial, has inspired me with new ideas and made me feel more confident in my role

Laura Brown – Empress Home Care and Companionship