Community micro-enterprise

Community enterprise for older people and adults with disabilities

What is a community micro-enterprise (small business)?

A community micro-enterprise is a small enterprise or venture offering flexible and person-centred services or support. Local people helping other local people and anybody can start one.

Community micro-enterprises are set up in many different and creative ways such as sole trader, partnership, small business, social enterprise, charity or voluntary organisation. Community micro-enterprise also provides local employment and volunteering opportunities.

Community micro-enterprises can offer a range of different services and supports to people in their area. This can include:

  • help at home and homecare
  • day and evening activities
  • help to stay connected
  • leisure activities
  • training and employment

We have commissioned Community Catalysts (link opens in new window) to work with us and other local partners to develop Community Micro-Enterprise across Central Bedfordshire. The project runs from January 2018 for two years and will be co-ordinated by local catalyst Alistair Bucknall, supported and advised by Helen Allen from the Community Catalysts senior team.

The project will begin work with local people who want to develop small enterprises and ventures offering highly personalised homecare to older people and people with disabilities in their local area.

Work will start in the Ivel Valley where increasing the number and range of homecare options available to local people is a real priority. As well as helping people to set up new enterprises, Community Catalysts will also advise small groups and organisations already established in Central Bedfordshire and looking to diversify or extend what they offer.

Download Community Micro-enterprise Project in Central Bedfordshire (PDF 388.5KB)

How Community Catalysts operate

Community Catalysts works hard to recognise local strengths and actively build on things that work well. Alistair would really like to connect with community, third and public-sector organisations, key stakeholders and supporting professionals who have an interest in the project.

Do you have an idea that could help older people and people with disabilities at home?
Do you need help to turn your idea into an enterprise or small community venture?
Are you already helping people and would like to do more?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, running a community micro-enterprise might be for you. Community Catalysts can:

  • offer you a friendly and supportive point of contact to explore ideas
  • support you to develop your community enterprise
  • give you practical information on regulation, training and opportunities in the health and social care sector
  • direct you to other organisations who can help

Download Community Catalysts' flyer for new micro providers (PDF 177.6KB)

View Community Catalysts' Year One Report of Activity.

Get in touch

Contact Alistair Bucknall, the local Community Catalyst, for more information about the project:

Telephone: 07741 260675