what we are doing
Knowsley – Metropolitan Borough Council
Community Catalysts are pleased to be working in partnership with Knowsley Council on a 12 month pilot project, in 3 neighbourhoods of Knowsley, initially for 12 months. We recently appointed Mike Hanrahan to coordinate the delivery of this Community Micro-enterprise Project which aims to broaden community based options for people who have health or care needs.
Kirklees – Kirklees Community Partnership & Greater Huddersfield & North Kirklees CCGs
Community Catalysts is supporting the “Do Your Thing” project, an exciting new venture in the West Yorkshire borough of Kirklees. The project runs for 20 months and is funded by Kirklees Community Partnerships and Greater Huddersfield and North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).
The project is engaging with people with a learning disability and/or autism to help them to think about what they do with their time. The main aim is to support people to take a lead in starting their own activity, support or interest groups. A key aspect of the project is to identify and inspire people who do not use care services.
Our co-ordinator Mark Finch is based at Volunteering Kirklees in the centre of Huddersfield, who is creating great links to embed this work locally.
Rotherham – Metropolitan Borough Council
Community Catalysts have started a new piece of work in Rotherham with the aim of providing new opportunities and increased choice for people with a learning disability. We are currently recruiting a locally based Catalyst who will work within the local community to forge connections, build capacity and seed and nurture start up community groups and enterprises. We will be working closely with council staff to support people using council day services to understand and access these opportunities.
Integrated Personal Commissioning (IPC) – NHS England
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Following an announcement by Simon Stevens in 2014, the Integrated Personal Commissioning (IPC) programme was formally launched in April 2015 as a partnership between NHS England and the Local Government Association. IPC is a new approach to joining up health, social care and other services at the level of the individual. It enables people, carers and families to blend and control the resources available to them across the system in order to ‘commission’ their own care through personalised care planning and personal budgets’ NHS England
Community Catalysts is an IPC partner – one of the voluntary and community sector organisations contributing their expertise to the programme. We are a member of the Commissioning and Market Development Collaborative Development Group and are actively working with 2 IPC Demonstrator Sites, helping them to assess the blocks and enablers to truly personalised approaches and to develop more and different community healthcare options.
Quality Checking Enterprises – NHS England
Community Catalysts are working in partnership with Inclusion North on this project which has been commissioned by NHS England. NHS England wants to give people with a learning disability the skills and resources to check how the quality of NHS services across England Community Catalysts and Inclusion North have been commissioned to help people with a learning disability to think through all the challenges and opportunities of running their own enterprise, build their skills and confidence, get their enterprise off the ground and link with other people doing the same thing.
Triborough – Councils
The Triborough councils are keen to develop alternatives which improve outcomes for people with a learning disability by providing more personalised, community-based alternatives and opportunities for people to have new experiences. Community Catalysts are supporting Triborough with a targeted piece of work in Westminster to review the current position with regard to community-based day opportunities, volunteering and work opportunities for people with learning disabilities , together with the operational blocks and challenges which may prevent people taking up these opportunities.
Camphill Village Trust
Community Catalysts has worked with CVT to develop the business case for investment in the development of a Shared Lives service across eight of the nine communities. The Board of Trustees agreed the necessary investment at their meeting in April. Community Catalysts is now beginning work with CVT on the first phase of the establishment of their Shared Lives service.
Thurrock – Council
Community Catalysts are supporting local co-ordinator Sue Wellard, who is employed by Thurrock Council, with an initial one year community enterprise development programme. This is a really exciting opportunity as the council are committed to Local Area Coordination (LAC) which helps people who need some support to build their vision for a good life, stay strong and control services and resources. The community enterprise programme will complement this work as the development of community ventures will support people to get a good life. Close working partnerships with the LAC team will be formed to gain great outcomes for all in the community.
Camphill Village Trust
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Camphill Village Trust (CVT) is a progressive UK charity supporting adults with learning disabilities, mental health problems and other support needs through 9 urban and rural communities in England http://www.cvt.org.uk/.
Community Catalysts is working on a exciting partnership project with CVT with the two organisations pooling their considerable knowledge and expertise. We will help to shine a spotlight on the organisation’s core CVT values of contribution and enterprise and explore development opportunities for individuals, communities and the wider organisation. We have discovered much about existing enterprising activity (and there is a lot), explored people’s ideas and aspirations and helped people think about new ways to bring new people who need support to live their lives into CVT communities.
Somerset – County Council
This 2 year programme covers the full geographical area of the county, but we are working particularly in South and West Somerset within some of the most rural communities to help develop enterprises that provide the support that older people are looking for to stay at home.
Traditional large domiciliary care providers are unable to provide the flexible and consistent help that people want and cannot reach those rural communities. Our local co-ordinator Rhys Davies is working within local villages alongside Parish Councils, Village Agents and other local organisations and structures, developing new models of care that support the six principles for good person-centred, community-focused health and care, as developed by NHS England’s People and Communities Board.Read examples of people doing great work in Somerset
Community Catalysts are currently working alongside Social Finance to support PSS to develop and grow their new Shared Lives service in Manchester. Manchester Council are ambitious for the development of this new Shared Lives service, which runs alongside the service provided by an established in-house scheme.
London Borough of Barking & Dagenham (LBBD)
After a three year programme, LBBD council have shown a commitment to continue support to community entrepreneurs locally by identifying a “community enterprise champion” in the borough who remains connected to our community of practice.
For great examples of some excellent folks supported by this project watch these two videos:
Grace Eyre in Lambeth
Grace Eyre were successful in their bid to run the Shared Lives service in Lambeth. They have taken over support for Shared Lives carers in Lambeth previously supported by Lambeth Mencap and are building on this base to develop and grow the service. Social investment money is allowing them to resource this growth and they are using the expert support provided by Community Catalysts to unblock barriers.
London Borough of Newham
After a four year programme Newham council are continuing support to community entrepreneurs locally by identifying a local “community enterprise champion” who remains connected to our community of practice. Attendance at our national co-ordinator meeting will continue to connect and inspire the local worker.