Increasing real choice of highly personal local care and support options.

A partnership with Powys Council focussing on the development of small community enterprises offering homecare or help at home to older and disabled people. The project aims to increase the care options for people leaving hospital and the number of opportunities for people who might take a Direct Payment. The project also aims to support more inclusive communities and keep local money local by increasing the number of jobs, particularly in rural areas.

The project started in March 2021 just at the beginning of the first lockdown but our approach has successfully continued, offering quality virtual support. Over the first year:

  • 65 people made an enquiry to the project who were thinking about setting up their own community enterprise
  • 31 people successfully established a community enterprise offering care and support to people within their home
  • 91 older or disabled people who needed some support to live a good life benefitted from the tailored flexible local support from those enterprises. In total they received 556 hours of support from the community enterprises.

We have worked hard with colleagues in the council on system and culture change which has driven the number of Direct Payments up: of those 91 customers 48 people were using a Direct Payment to pay for their support and 43 people were self -funders.

The project successes featured on BBC Wales in February 2021 showcasing entrepreneur Emma and local Catalyst Heather. Have a read of the article focussing on Emma Lauder

Martin Heuter, Health and Social Care Change Manager at Powys Council talks about how the project is increasing choice and flexibility in social care in Powys:

Heather Maling, our local Community Catalyst, shares more about the project and how she’s adapted the way she works through the pandemic: