Community Business Support

Supporting passionate people develop local community businesses with a health, care and wellbeing focus.

Initially a pilot partnership project alongside two local authorities in Telford and Wrekin and Warwickshire. The pilot ran from ran from April 2017 until March 2019 and was funded by Power to Change.

During that time, locally based Catalysts supported and nurtured 181 community businesses. The Catalysts shared their expert knowledge in health and care regulation and legislation with the community business leaders to help them negotiate barriers to offer safe and high-quality services.

Community businesses are run by, and for, their local community with any profits going straight back into the local area, strengthening local economies and creating real choice within communities.

We’d started to think about the role of community businesses in care and support; we knew that they support their communities; we know they improve wellbeing and reduce isolation; but actually, what would it take to really enable community businesses to move forward in quite a structured way. So this gave us a real opportunity to test that live in a couple of places through Community Catalysts using their model and test out what kind of support that community businesses need to move forward in their care provision journey. …….It’s really helped us to do the bit around how  do we create the conditions for community businesses.

Susie Finlayson, Power to Change

Susie Finlayson, Development Manager at Power to Change, talks about the agility of community businesses:

John Cocker, Health Improvement Practitioner at Telford and Wrekin Council, talks about the work of Community Catalysts in supporting community businesses: