Namaste York!

The Enterprising Communities Project in York aims to reduce loneliness and isolation through the support and promotion of community enterprises.

I have been hearing the dreams and aspirations of those looking at establishing new ventures. People like Rimpa, a classically trained Indian musician who plans to start a brand-new venture called Namaste York.

My aim is to help people to be happy, and to make them smile; to bring people together via art, dance, and music. I would like to share the rich heritage of Indian culture and its remarkable ability to rejuvenate the mind and soul. – Rimpa, new enterprise leader

I introduced Rimpa to Julie Graham, The City of York Council’s Active Communities Officer, who saw enormous potential in Rimpa’s idea. With Julie’s help, we have arranged for Rimpa to pilot her activity at the community room used by the tenants of Glen Lodge Independent Living Community (ILC), with a view to introducing this (and other activities) to the other ILCs throughout York.

Working with Mark has allowed me to take a more holistic approach to addressing the isolation that can affect our older tenants, strengthening our ability to deliver a range of different events and experiences that encourage people to step outside of their front doors and meet their neighbours. – Julie, Active Communities Officer

We are also working together to plan a small event in the near future. The event will highlight the work of local community enterprises and help to inspire more people and organisations to collaborate in the quest to alleviate loneliness and isolation in York.

Community Catalysts, the City of York Council, and all partners, are committed to this work and will continue to co-create opportunities for people like Rimpa to develop their ideas, connect with others locally, inspire genuinely beneficial change and increase the general well-being of the people of York.

The Enterprising Communities Project is funded by Power to Change and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

by Mark Finch
York Community Catalyst