Helps Rotherham Council develop a range of community options for people with a learning disability and/or autism.

Started with a taster programme which enabled people who attend day centres to try different activities.  Also supports the development of community enterprises and positive work with Council managers to increase the take up and creative use of Direct Payments. As a result of the first part of the project, people now have a huge range of community options to choose from helping them to have fun, make new friends, contribute to their community and gain volunteering and work experience.

A ‘Meet Up’ event was organised at the end of the first phase of the project to bring enterprises, carers and professionals together – find out more about the outcomes of the event here.

The project is now in the second phase and is focussing on the skills and passions of people with a learning disability, helping them to to set up their own groups and ventures – we are calling this phase ‘The People Can Project’.

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What people have said about our project

Community Catalysts has helped us to think outside the box and deliver on our strategy of My Front Door to build local infrastructure and provide better, greater choices for people with a learning disability. They have worked creatively and in partnership at all levels to support the necessary system and culture change required for our transformational vision.

Garry Parvin – Joint Head of Learning Disability, Autism and Transitions Commissioning – Strategic Commissioning

The enterprise leaders in Rotherham and staff here within adult social care are very lucky to have someone like you at the helm. I have and continue to appreciate what you have achieved. I’ve seen you take newbie services and help them to develop to a point where my trust in them has grown. This was as a direct result of your intervention and guidance. Your efforts have helped to change the culture and concept of care in Rotherham and its made our role as reviewer so much easier as a result.

Phillip Layfield – Reviewing Officer

Community Catalyst have been a great support in helping us get established in Rotherham. They have supported us to network with other great organisations and involve us in a variety of projects which has helped our service grow from strength to strength.

Liz Carrington – ArtWorks

In Rotherham we have been working with Community Catalysts for a number of years, it has been a great experience and we have delivered together a number of exciting initiatives, providing exciting opportunities for people. Harry from Community Catalysts is seen as part of the wider team in our transformation agenda and we could not have got as far as we have without that challenge, innovation and support.

Anne-Marie Lubanski, Strategic Director of Adult Care, Housing and Public Health