Creating a choice of at home options
Supporting the development of community enterprises offering highly personalised care and help at home to older and disabled people.
People tell us that homecare doesn’t always work – for the people who provide it or the people who need it. Some people can’t get the care they need at all. Others feel like they are just a series of tasks rather than a person with a lot to offer. The care that they want isn’t possible and there seems to be no real choice of alternative providers or ways of doing things. It needs a creative approach.
At a time when the health and social care sector is under so much pressure, we’re very happy to have Community Catalysts’ support to encourage the development of community micro-enterprises. Our hope is that more people have access to care and support locally so that they can live their lives as they wish to live them, and in doing so we help our foundational economy to flourish
Meilys Heulfryn Smith – Transformation Programme Leader, Gwynedd Council
Community Catalysts has an established approach which releases local people’s capacity and creates real choice in a more diverse ‘marketplace’. A local coordinator or Catalyst identifies people who are interested in doing care differently. The Catalyst runs a development programme underpinned by coaching, mentoring and an emphasis on local networks. Alongside our work with local people, we help public sector organisations understand and make the systems and culture changes necessary to sustain this more creative approach.
The result is care that cares – flexible help for people who need it and satisfying employment for local people. A real choice and peace of mind for families, commissioners and supporting professionals like GPs, social workers and hospital discharge teams. Money is saved and stays local.
We are commissioned, contracted or funded by public, third or private sector organisations to design and deliver this approach. We co-design and co-produce whenever possible.
Examples of this work in practice:
- Central Bedfordshire
- Bath and North East Somerset
- North Allerdale and Copeland
- South Lakes and Eden
- Stoke on Trent
- Rhondda Cynon Taf
- Cheshire West and Chester