Passionate People : Making a Positive Difference

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Passionate People : Making a Positive Difference

Passionate People : Making a Positive Difference
29/09/2020
Registration
Welcome
Community Catalysts are pleased to welcome you to our 'Passionate People: Making a Positive Difference' events, sponsored by Esmée Fairbairn and Power to Change and in partnership with the University of Birmingham. 
The events see the launch of the findings from the latest report by the University of Birmingham on the case for investment in support of passionate people running community enterprises and community businesses. There will be opportunities to:
Learn about the positive effect community enterprises have on local economies
Hear from leading councils and commissioners about the systems and cultures that strengthen community resilience and help community enterprises flourish
See how community enterprises can fill in the gaps between services and how they have been vital through the recent crisis
Feel the passion from the people in our communities through their amazing stories and experiences
This registration form is for the 29th of September 2020 if you are looking to register on the 24th of September 2020 please click here.
More about us
Community Catalysts are a small collective of highly skilled professionals with unrivalled experience in people-led social care and health. We see the world differently, celebrating the strength of people and community. We know how to help local people help other local people. We bring our values, creativity and passion to everything we do.  We know that one size never fits all so everything we do is bespoke. All our work has local impact and national influence.
Communities Care
We help people across the country to use their talents to start and run small enterprises that support and care for people in their community. They create good local jobs and keep local money local. They help people live a good life, connected with and contributing to their community.
Find out more about Communities Care here
People Can
People sometimes need support to live their lives. The help they need can overshadow their skills. This waste of talent hurts the person, their community and society. We help people dream and make things happen. We help local organisations to create the conditions in which people can follow their dreams.
We are working in partnership with Kingston Council on a 2 year project which is supporting people with a disability to use their assets and strengths and aims to:
inspire people to become leaders
offer people a friendly and supportive point of contact to explore ideas
support people to develop a local group, enterprise or small business
Community Catalysts are currently working with a talented triathlete, Sam Holness who is on the autistic spectrum to set up his own community enterprise (alongside support from his dad Tony) with the aim of encouraging people with a disability to get active and eat healthily. Take a look at Sam in action – he really will be an amazing inspiration to others and setting up a community enterprise is a great way to bring his talent to life...
Find out more about People Can here
Innovators Learn
We help people find ways to approach health and care that put people before systems. We offer accessible, engaging learning opportunities for health and care practitioners and people who use health or care services. All our personal development programmes have a strong focus on people’s strengths, building on what works well.
Find out more about Innovators Learn here
Local Area Coordination Network
The Local Area Coordination Network supports the ongoing learning and development of the Local Area Coordination model in England and Wales. Local Area Coordination is a practical, assets-based approach that is being adopted by a growing number of local authorities and health partners across England and Wales.
Find out more about Local Area Coordination and the Local Area Coordination Network here
Small Good Stuff
Small Good Stuff is our directory website which does two things: Firstly, it links people who need care or support with local people who might help. Secondly it helps small organisations that offer care or support, providing them with information, publicity and access to a friendly network.
Find out more about Small Good Stuff here
The Buzz
The Buzz was created in response to Covid-19 restrictions to allow community enterprises working in Birmingham and Rotherham (two of our contract areas) to take their activities online. We knew that as community centres, colleges and day opportunities closed, people were seeking accessible ways to keep busy and to connect with others safely. The Buzz enables people who have lost their traditional day supports to access and enjoy online activities delivered by community enterprises. We soon extended The Buzz to community enterprises from all areas where we have worked previously  and made it available to anyone who thought they would benefit. 
From March-August we have shared over 70 videos on the Buzz covering dance, fitness, baking, art, yoga and writing, as well as fun games and challenges. We’ve learnt how to juggle, to dance disco style, to paint like Picasso and to bake biscuits! The videos are hosted as a Facebook group with a community of 380 people and for people not on Facebook the videos are added to our dedicated webpage on Small Good Stuff . Around 200 people from across the UK and even Europe have been accessing the videos here!
One member said the Buzz is ‘bringing colour to otherwise dull days’. 
A Senior Community Nurse told us "I have recommended the page to some of the individuals I work with as a Community Nurse and this has been a great source of support for one person in particular.  They have done some of the activities and watched some of the videos that are posted on the page.  This has been a very encouraging source of support. I would definitely recommend joining the Buzz!"
Many councils are rethinking the way in which they support people to enjoy purposeful day opportunities and as part of this rethink some are talking to us about creating local versions of The Buzz. 
Sponsors
Community Enterprise Catalyst for Central Bedfordshire @ Community Catalysts
Alistair Bucknall
Community Enterprise Catalyst for Central Bedfordshire @ Community Catalysts
Alistair works as the local Catalyst across Central Bedfordshire , supporting local people to set up and run their own community micro-enterprise to provide care and support to people in their community.
On a day-to-day basis Alistair spends his time connecting with local people in the community who are looking to set up their own enterprise or are already running one and wanting to diversify/overcome barriers. He also works closely with local stakeholders and the adult social care teams to raise the profile of new, developing and established community enterprises.
Andy Taylor
Business Development Manager @ Abram Ward Community Charity (Made in Wigan)
Andy Taylor
Business Development Manager @ Abram Ward Community Charity (Made in Wigan)
Andy is the Business and Development Manager, working primarily on the Lottery funded “Made in Wigan “project.  He works with new and existing community businesses and social enterprises, helping them to develop and grow their offer and better understand their financing and funding options and how to be more business minded, helping them to become more sustainable.  He also works closely with the secondary schools and colleges in the borough, attending careers fairs and industry days to help young people better understand enterprise and what makes an enterprise social, providing them with ideas for alternative career opportunities.
Members of Abram Ward Community Cooperative’s staff team, first started working with Community Catalysts as part of the Wigan community micro-enterprise project in 2012.  It was via this project that the initial seed idea for developing Abram Ward Community Cooperative was established, to support local people to address local needs via the growth of community enterprises.  Our hub, Platt Bridge Community Zone, was at that time a Council owned building and we connected to the Community Catalysts project, where we linked up to enterprises who could rent space within our hub.
Angela Catley
Director of Development @ Community Catalysts
Angela Catley
Director of Development @ Community Catalysts
After qualifying as a nurse for people with a learning disability over 30 years ago Angela has had a long career in the field of health and social care – supporting people in many different settings. Angela has also worked in roles with a learning focus, helping people to develop their knowledge and skills. More recently, Angela has designed and delivered a number of important projects which resulted in publications of national significance .
Angela is the Director of Development at Community Catalysts. She works on creative projects with individuals, community groups, local councils, statutory bodies and providers across the UK and is an advocate of local, community driven solutions to health and care challenges.
Ann Johnson
Managing Director @ Wave-length Social Marketing CIC ; Trading name Forge Urban Revival
Ann Johnson
Managing Director @ Wave-length Social Marketing CIC ; Trading name Forge Urban Revival
Our work at Forge Urban Revival is essentially enabling people within the community to deliver culturally based activities.  At the Wakes we achieved this via our café, community space and series of social, art and culturally events.  We were also successful in providing space to an existing community craft group moving from traditional day care services to using direct funding to continue meeting; allowing the group opportunity to engage in wider social activity within the venue and surrounding areas. Our work was recognized with the Queens Award siting our work in tackling social isolation and our uniqueness of enabling volunteers.
I would best describe our work with Community Catalysts as being an extension of us, supporting us internally in meeting our key social objectives; being a valued sounding board and providing a presence at meetings that moved our social aims forward; for example direct involvement in providing a smooth transition for the community group mentioned above.  Supporting us externally by bringing back third-party discussions, identified social provision gaps and links to key people, this provided an insight into relevant social value opportunities, understanding of funding streams and essentially improved ways of working alongside other community activities for mutual benefit.
Chris Clarke
Community Enterprise Catalyst for Shropshire (previously Telford & Wrekin) @ Community Catalyst
Chris Clarke
Community Enterprise Catalyst for Shropshire (previously Telford & Wrekin) @ Community Catalyst
As the Catalyst for Telford & Wrekin Chris’ role was to explore with community businesses how they might work towards becoming more sustainable and offer a range of support including care for local communities as part of the ‘Enterprising Communities’ project. Chris found it a real privilege to work with people who wanted to develop good support both with and for other local people. Making connections, providing networking and signposting for upskilling staff and volunteers all contributed towards developing new visions for both formal and informal supports to be developed.
Chris now leads the community enterprise project in Shropshire for Community Catalysts, partnering with Shropshire Council and Bronze Labs.
Donna Harrison
Donna Harrison
Dance Artist
DanceSyndrome believe that there is no right or wrong way to move and there is beauty and significance in everyone’s movement. We seek to highlight that people with disabilities are individuals and have a right to lead a life of their choosing. DanceSyndrome deliver inclusive community workshops, leadership training and performances all over the UK. We are a disability led organisation and our workshops are co-delivered by a Dance Leader with a disability and a professional Dance Artist and are a great way to keep active, boost your mental health and get creative!
DanceSyndrome are proud to be supported by Community Catalysts, who helped founder Director Jen Blackwell realise her ambition to start an inclusive dance charity in 2009.  Since then DanceSyndrom has gone from strength to strength, providing opportunities for adults with learning disabilities to train as Dance Leaders, co-deliver inclusive community dance sessions and co-choreograph and perform inspirational dance pieces all across the UK.  Community Catalysts have invited Jen and her team of Dance Leaders to perform at many of their events during the past 10 years and to take the podium to talk about their own unique journeys and inspirational lives.
Dr Simon Lennane
GP and PCN Clinical Director in Ross-on-Wye
Dr Simon Lennane
GP and PCN Clinical Director in Ross-on-Wye
Dr Simon Lennane is a GP and PCN Clinical Director in Ross-on-Wye, with a particular interest in community health and the impact of loneliness and inequalities. Simon is a trustee of Ross Community Development Trust, and volunteers with Ross parkrun.
Ross Community Development Trust was set up to provide an infrastructure to support the local voluntary sector. We recognised that while we had a strong local VCS, there was a lack of coordination & communication. We felt there was much more we could do to support groups and our local community. All the progress we had made setting up our Good Neighbour Scheme became invaluable when Covid-19 struck.
 
Community Catalysts were incredibly helpful, giving advice on structures that would give us most flexibility to meet our objectives, and bringing in experience from other organisations which saved us a lot of time. Having that level of expertise while we were setting up was crucial keeping us on track and giving us confidence in the direction we were taking.
Heather Maling
Community Enterprise Catalyst for Powys @ Community Catalysts
Heather Maling
Community Enterprise Catalyst for Powys @ Community Catalysts
Since December 2019 Heather has co-ordinated the Powys community enterprise project. Working alongside Powys County Council, she is enabling people to diversify or establish small enterprises offering a range of support at home for older people.
From March 2020 Heather has discovered the importance of working virtually to support the entrepreneurs and has attended virtual networking events to link with people who are interested in establishing a community enterprise. The enterprise leaders have played an important role in rural areas during the Covid 19 epidemic, filling gaps between voluntary initiatives and traditional homecare provision. 
Helen Allen
Helen Allen
Operations Manager @ Community Catalysts
As Operations Manager, Helen supports a team of Catalysts working in a variety of council and health authorities to stimulate and sustain community enterprises for people in those areas. Part of the role involves creating and delivering interactive workshops for frontline workers/commissioners to affect the culture and system change needed to make use of the new types of support on offer.
Helen has a particular passion for People Can programmes that support people with a disability to use their gifts and talents to develop their own activity or enterprise - the outcomes are amazing for the person, families, workers and communities!
Ian Hanton
Development & Commissioning Manager @ Central Bedfordshire Council
Ian Hanton
Development & Commissioning Manager @ Central Bedfordshire Council
Mainly, Ian is developing accommodation options for older people spanning the continuum from mainstream housing though to care homes, the latter focusing on replacing our own homes, built 50 years ago, to provide modern environments more conducive to personalising care and support. More broadly, he is an advocate for community led activity, commissioning activity that nurtures development of the core economy in improving our collective ability to live happier, healthier lives.
In 2018 Central Bedfordshire Council commissioned Community Catalysts for a two-year project to develop local enterprises to support older people at home and adults with a learning disability who want to live life their way. The Council has supported the project at all levels and extended the contract by a further 12 months due to the positive impact which is growing a deep reservoir of local people motivated to help other local people enjoy a better life. Community Catalysts brought enterprise leaders and social workers together which helped workers to re-connect with the values that brought them into the sector in the first place.
Jen Blackwell
Jen Blackwell
Founder/Director @ Dance Syndrome
DanceSyndrome believe that there is no right or wrong way to move and there is beauty and significance in everyone’s movement. We seek to highlight that people with disabilities are individuals and have a right to lead a life of their choosing. DanceSyndrome deliver inclusive community workshops, leadership training and performances all over the UK. We are a disability led organisation and our workshops are co-delivered by a Dance Leader with a disability and a professional Dance Artist and are a great way to keep active, boost your mental health and get creative!
DanceSyndrome are proud to be supported by Community Catalysts, who helped founder Director Jen Blackwell realise her ambition to start an inclusive dance charity in 2009.  Since then DanceSyndrome has gone from strength to strength, providing opportunities for adults with learning disabilities to train as Dance Leaders, co-deliver inclusive community dance sessions and co-choreograph and perform inspirational dance pieces all across the UK.  Community Catalysts have invited Jen and her team of Dance Leaders to perform at many of their events during the past 10 years and to take the podium to talk about their own unique journeys and inspirational lives.
Jill Wighton
Director of Business Operations @ Community Catalysts
Jill Wighton
Director of Business Operations @ Community Catalysts
Jill is Director of Business Operations for Community Catalysts and has a background in Business Management.
Jill lead on the Enterprising Communities project which has been funded by Esmee Fairbairn, Power to Change and the four project sites City of York Council, Telford & Wrekin Council, Warwickshire County Council & Herefordshire Council to look at how community enterprise and community business can help address loneliness and isolation in local areas. Jill found it a real privilege to see and meet amazing people with a real passion doing wonderful things.
Joe Micheli
Head of Commissioning @ City of York Council
Joe Micheli
Head of Commissioning @ City of York Council
With a 30 year career in community development and citizen engagement spanning both voluntary and public sectors Joe is currently Head of Commissioning at the City of York Council where he leads the authority’s early intervention and prevention programmes and work on ABCD.  A key member of the international Cities of Service coalition Joe has led the development of social action strategies in York and Barnsley. Previously, he was Head of Stronger Communities at Barnsley Council with co-responsibility for the development of the Council’s area arrangements, social inclusion and award winning community engagement and neighbourhood renewal programmes. An excellent networker and collaborative leader.
Lisa Gillette
Lisa Gillette
Project Manager @ Community Catalysts
Lisa is a Project Manager for Community Catalysts with a background in social care and the voluntary sector where she has shared her passion for developing projects that enable people to have choice in the way they live their lives. 
Managing projects in Central Bedfordshire , Herefordshire , Oxfordshire, Suffolk and Norfolk Lisa works in partnership with her team and local authorities to enable local entrepreneurial people and community organisations to offer new, creative care and support options for people who need help at home and in the community.
Martin Heuter
Change Manager - Health & Social Care (Ageing Well) @ Powys County Council
Martin Heuter
Change Manager - Health & Social Care (Ageing Well) @ Powys County Council
Martin’s role as Change Manager (Lead Commissioner) includes all residential and non-residential services for older people as well as Technology Enabled Care. He manages a team of commissioners and support staff in the Council and links in strongly with colleagues in the local NHS. As part of the Social Services Senior Management team Martin develops new models of service delivery between commissioning and care management and also works closely with key managers in the local NHS to ensure that flows of patients into either residential or community based care and support are achieved.
Martin had contact with Community Catalysts in previous roles. As part of Powys Council’s intention to add capacity to their domiciliary care market and introduce a different, localized model for design and delivery they asked Community Catalysts to develop and deliver a localized model in a discreet part of Powys initially. In Martin’s role as Lead Commissioner, he liaised with both the project worker and the Operations Manager to develop this project, to facilitate communication with key stakeholders in both the Council and partner organization and to ensure that the project fulfills the Council’s expectations for mainstreaming post-project period (2021).
Sian Lockwood
Sian Lockwood
Chief Executive @ Community Catalysts
Sian is a graduate of Oxford University with a Masters in Social Work Studies. She has worked in a wide range of statutory and voluntary sector organisations in the UK and Africa before becoming the Chief Executive of a charity delivering family-based services to people with learning disabilities across Yorkshire and Teesside. Her experiences with that charity led her to become a passionate advocate for small-scale community-led solutions that helped other local people, and as CEO of the representative body for family-based support Shared Lives Plus lobbied successfully for a regulatory approach which placed the burden of regulation on an agency rather than the families.
In her current role as CEO of Community Catalysts she continues the fight for a legal, regulatory and bureaucratic environment within which local people can use their gifts, talents and imagination to create enterprising services and ventures that help other local people . 
 Sian was awarded an OBE for services to social care in the 2010 Queen’s Birthday Honours List. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts and of the Salzburg Global Forum.
Susie Finlayson
Development Manager @ Power to Change
Susie Finlayson
Development Manager @ Power to Change
Susie leads on Power to Change’s health and social care work, supporting community businesses delivering health or social care services and working with local and national partners to understand and develop the role of communities and community businesses in health and care and explore how this links to good lives and inclusive local economies. 
Alongside Esmée Fairbain, Power to Change supported Community Catalysts to explore the potential and role of community business in health and social care in Telford & Wrekin and Warwickshire. We are excited for the launch of the University of Birmingham report exploring the impact of this work and the case for investment into community-led approaches. Power to Change continues to work closely with Community Catalysts to learn about and promote the role of community business and enterprises in enabling people to live the lives they want, in the places they choose, and how these approaches contribute to inclusive local economies. 
Terry Yarnell
Chief Executive Officer @ Sutton Hill Community Trust
Terry Yarnell
Chief Executive Officer @ Sutton Hill Community Trust
In 2017 a group of local residents took over the running of the Sutton Hill Community Centre to prevent it from closure. Terry's role means that he is responsible for the strategic direction of the charity and overseeing all the new developments that they are working on to improve the lives of the community. This includes the development of a care service where they employ local people to care for local people. They are also looking to develop a housing service and open a community shop which will provide people with access to affordable food. 
Community Catalysts have supported the Hub on the Hill to look at social care in a different way. They were pivotal in helping the Hub on the Hill to set up the Cottage Crew project. This project came about due to the closure of a traditional older persons day care facility. It provides support in the community to a wide range of people with multiple needs via an art group. It shows that social care can be delivered in a number of different ways and in a way that meets a person’s needs better.
Tess Brooks
Tess Brooks
Knowledge Manager @ Community Catalysts
Tess Brooks has a background in health and social care, the voluntary sector, and is a qualified mental health professional. In 2018, Tess joined Community Catalysts co-ordinating the Enterprising Communities Project in Herefordshire . In her role as Catalyst, Tess worked alongside Herefordshire Council, to facilitate the development of a wide range of micro-enterprises, which were focused on reducing social isolation and loneliness within the county.
Tess enjoyed working with individuals and groups who felt passionately about making a difference to people in their communities. Offering information, networking, signposting and connecting, Tess was able to support enterprises to transform their ideas, dedication and hard work, into services and activities. Enabling a wider range of formal and informal ways to support health and well-being within Herefordshire.
Tess is now a Knowledge Manager for Community Catalysts, working to share learning and good practice.
Tom Lloyd-Goodwin


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