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East Kent Care

Having worked in the care industry for some time, Connie saw that a lot of older and disabled people in East Kent needed a bit of extra help, not just with things like support to get washed and dressed, but also support to live their lives in the way they want, following their own choices, hobbies and interests. With the support of Community Catalysts, Connie has set up East Kent Care with the mission of enabling people to have the care and support they need whilst staying in the comfort and familiarity of their own homes.

“I have been working in the care industry, particularly domiciliary care, for over 4 years, and noticed that there is no capacity within the current care that is offered for a bespoke care service designed around the needs of the individual. Working in care is not just a career for me or something I do for financial reasons. I feel it is what I was meant to do and I can’t think of anything I would rather be doing. I get such a lot of pleasure helping people and I could see there is a gap in the care market that desperately needs filling.”

Connie – East Kent Care

The Ashford and Canterbury Community Catalyst worked closely with Connie to get everything together to enable her to set up her enterprise in a way that is safe and legal.

“It was so lucky that I was put in touch with the Community Catalysts team at this time. I knew exactly what I wanted and what my goals were. However, it was all very daunting and I wasn’t sure which steps to take. Community Catalysts simplified the whole process and supported me every step of the way. No question was ever too silly and this really helped to bring my confidence out. They really showed me what you can achieve with the right people supporting you. From day one and up until now they are only a phone call away. I would recommend this programme to anyone who is also looking to start their very own enterprise.”

Connie – East Kent Care

People in Kent are now benefiting from a broader range of local care and support options thanks to the Community Enterprise Project offering free help and support to people like Connie. East Kent Care is just one example of the range of community enterprises being supported by Community Catalysts to get off the ground. They are safe, flexible and reliable, and help local people live their lives they want.

For Connie, setting up her own enterprise has meant she is able to create meaningful connections with the people she supports and to find employment close to home that fits around her own life.

You can find Connie’s enterprise and other community enterprises on our local Kent Small Good Stuff directory.