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Positive endings, new beginnings
and everything in between

The Do Your Thing project comes to an end
Our project in Kirklees has been a huge success. On the surface it was about helping people with a learning disability and/or autism to set up local activity groups. In reality it has enabled people to use all their skills and talents, forged enduring community connections and made lots of people think differently along the way. Read Mark's final blog - food for thought which includes a lovely tale and links to the project report and top tips documents.

Tackling loneliness and social isolation
Loneliness and social isolation and their shocking impact on people, their health and communities feature in the news almost daily. Community Catalysts, funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, are working on a new strand of their ground breaking Enterprising Communities Programme. Working in partnership with local people and Councils in York and Herefordshire we are using our tested community enterprise model to tackle the issue of loneliness one personal connection at a time.

Positive partnerships with creative providers
Over the last few months Community Catalysts has been working in partnership with a number of forward thinking care providers. Examples include the new Great Communities project with MacIntyre in Warrington, finding ways to stop people falling through the public service ‘net’ by maximising local community assets, enlisting the help of the people supported and employed by MacIntyre along the way. Secondly our partnership with United Response, running workshops as part of their excellent Journey to Employment Programme.

So what, what next – a new Transforming Care project
Community Catalysts is really exciting to be starting a new project which is part of the national Transforming Care programme and the idea of the national empowerment steering group. The project runs from now until July 2018 and will take place in the Black Country. It will focus on people with a learning disability or autism who have recently moved out of hospital and find new ways to support them to have good lives, make connections and contribute to their community. Look here for more information.

New community enterprise project in Central Bedfordshire
The new year brings a lovely new piece of work in Central Bedfordshire, working in partnership with the council and local community organisations. The project will have a focus on stimulating and nurturing locally-based micro-enterprises Helping local people to help other local people. We will be recruiting someone to coordinate this work so do get in touch with Jill on jill.wighton@communitycatalysts.co.uk if you would like to receive more information about the project or post.

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