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A new and emerging micro-enterprise called Fundamentals uses the principles of hairdressing, to help people with disabilities to learn skills in a fun way, in the community of Kidderminster.

Karen Arrowsmith, business founder of Fundamentals, explains her personal journey to this new venture:

“Transitioning from childhood to adulthood can be a difficult time, especially if disability is thrown into the mix.  As a mom of a profoundly disabled daughter I can vouch for this.

With the love and support from Simply Limitless Wellbeing Centre, a grant of £4000 from the West Midlands School for Social Entrepreneurs in association with Lloyds Bank, and generous donations of equipment, I have been able to establish an enterprise that will hopefully benefit my daughter and other members of our community with additional needs.

My business is called Fundamentals, I am using the Fundamental principles of hairdressing and business skills to offer day opportunities to people with disabilities for Fun – Care – Learning.

It’s not about teaching someone to be a hairdresser, it’s a “Care Salon” I just use the salon environment for meaningful day opportunities where the emphasis is on fun and being part of the community. I am very excited and know there is a real need for more projects like mine as disabled people are being given their own budgets and the ability to choose where to buy their care.

I am nervously excited about the future for my daughter and look forward to developing this project for our community.

Chris Clarke from the Worcestershire Micro-enterprise Project fully supports this exciting venture.

“We aim to stimulate the development and growth of micro-enterprises within the health and social care sector – just like Karen’s business Fundamentals and we offer support across all of the County. We have been able to offer Karen support with information on policies and procedures and with marketing as well as access to a wide range of funded training through Worcestershire County Council. We wish Karen and her daughter Megan every success in the future.”