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Free event: Starting a business for care or help at home in the community

BANES Community Catalysts and business consultancy Cool Ventures (two BANES Council-commissioned services) are joining forces to provide information and support to local residents interested in setting up their own care or help at home micro-enterprise.

They are hosting a free event called ‘Starting a business for care or help at home in the community’ which will take place at The Hollies (High Street, Midsomer Norton, BA3 2DA) on 26th June from 9:30 to 14:30.

If you want to offer your services as a self-employed carer, or help vulnerable people in the community to live an independent and fulfilling life, this event will give you the knowledge, resources, and confidence to be your own boss.

We are looking for people who want to offer creative and flexible care and support to their older and disabled neighbours. This partnership will help locals with all they need to set up as self-employed or as a small business (a ‘community micro-enterprise’) offering help at home or activities and support in the community.

Enterprising locals have already come forward with lots of creative ideas for new support options: from Nordic walking and falls prevention advice, to support with getting washed and dressed or cooking a favourite meal at home. Community micro-enterprises might offer anything from cleaning and cooking, to inclusive classes or activities, DIY, trips out, and more.

This event is being run by social enterprise Community Catalysts and business consultancy Cool Ventures, and funded by Bath & North East Somerset Council and the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

Michael Auton, who is leading the project at Community Catalysts, said:

“For over ten years Community Catalysts has supported lots of people across the UK to get set up offering creative and flexible care and support options. Now we are looking for passionate people in B&NES who want to help their community, work flexibly, choose their own hours, set a fair rate of pay and run a quality service. We are very excited to be working with Cool Ventures to provide complete wrap around support for people wanting to run their own care focused business.”

Sue Marchant, Managing Director for Cool Ventures, said:

“As the chosen provider of Business Support for Bath & North East Somerset Council, Cool Ventures is thrilled to partner with Community Catalysts for this event. This collaboration brings a unique opportunity for participants to benefit from the combined expertise, support, and advice of both organisations. We are proud to work together on this project and anticipate that it will be the first in a series of events aimed at assisting those aspiring to establish a small business in the care and help at home sector. By providing this essential help and support, we aim to make a significant positive impact on our local community.”

Register for your free place.

For more information about Community Catalysts, contact Michael Auton on or 07443 191851, or visit the BANES Community Catalysts Facebook page.

Visit the Cool Ventures website for more information about the support they can provide to new businesses, or call 08000 418293.