Mindfully Caring

Anita Wingad, Community Catalyst in Oxfordshire, supported local resident Alicia Wallace to set up her own community enterprise – Mindfully Caring – which offers emotional and mental health support to people in their own homes and focusses on individuals’ circumstances, needs and wants. Anita shares more about Alicia’s story and how she helped her get set up…

I’ve been working with Alicia for several months now. She initially contacted me after hearing about the specialist support we offer through our Community Enterprise Development programme from a friend who had already been a participant on the project. During our first chat, Alicia shared her experiences, motivation and her idea about setting up Mindfully Caring. Through this discussion I could clearly see her ethos and values all fitted in with our approach.

Before being pointed into the direction of Community Catalysts I was quite stuck on my next step into setting myself up within the chosen field of emotional support and wellbeing for older Adults. There is really not much else out there in terms of help. I have been down a few rabbit holes in search but just kept coming back to where I started and even more confused. I have searched many times but nothing has been as helpful as community catalyst.

Alicia Wallace, Mindfully Caring

Together, we worked through our ‘Doing It Right Standards’ to make sure Mindfully Caring would be sustainable and have the relevant policies and processes in place to keep both her and the people she supports safe.

The next step is to market Mindfully Caring in the local area. This will be a joint action, connecting with people who might need support, as well as professionals who may wish to refer people in. Marketing in this way means even more people in Alicia’s local community will be able to benefit from this valuable support.

I think it’s amazing to be able to actually speak with such incredibly knowledgeable professionals. Anita has been so much help and I’m honestly very thankful to have found Community Catalysts. I will be sure to spread the word as this is such a valuable stepping stone to others seeking this type of help and support. I’m very excited to learn more as I progress forward.

Alicia Wallace, Mindfully Caring