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Kirklees Community Micro-Enterprise Project

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  1. Delivered by social enterprise Community Catalysts, in partnership with Kirklees Council and other local partners, the Kirklees Community Micro-Enterprise Project will run for two years, commencing in October 2019.

    Taking learning from Community Catalysts’ highly successful project in Somerset, and with a focus on helping local people to help other local people, the project will offer support to both new and existing small enterprises that provide a wide range of help and support to people living in their own homes, including those with dementia wanting to remain living independently. Community Catalysts will also advise existing small groups and organisations looking to diversify or extend what they offer.

    The work will start in the south of the borough, where we have particular difficulty providing homecare through current provider arrangements. Community micro-enterprises elsewhere in Kirklees can also be supported if they fit with local priorities.

    We will work hard to build on what already works locally and to value and nurture people, groups, and organisations with strong local knowledge and expertise. The project will help partners learn from local people, and we will use this knowledge to affect local systems and culture change, working in partnership to improve the way that health and care works for people in Kirklees.


Mark Finch
Project Coordinator

Organisation last updated

  1. 11 February 2020

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  1. Community Micro-Enterprise Project in Kirklees

    Community Catalysts

    Community Catalysts is a social enterprise working across the UK to try to make sure that people who need care and support to live their lives can get help in ways, times and places that suit them, with real choice of attractive local options. We help local people use their energies and talents to deliver sustainable community micro-enterprises that can support other local people, creating jobs and volunteering opportunities.

    Community Micro-Enterprise Project in Kirklees

    This is a new and exciting project delivered in partnership with Kirklees Council. The 2-year programme aims to stimulate the development and growth of community micro-enterprises that provide a wide range of care or help at home for older people or others that need some support.

    The initial focus is on South Kirklees, including (but not exclusive to) Holmfirth, Honley, Meltham, Kirkheaton and Skelmanthorpe, where there are particular difficulties with being able to provide homecare through the current provider arrangements.

    Community Micro-Enterprise

    People with talents, passion and local knowledge run community micro-enterprises. They all aim to make a difference to the lives of local people. Our project has a focus on enterprises that support older people or others who need some care or help to live a good life, and:

    • have 8 or fewer full-time staff or volunteers;
    • are independent of any larger organisation;
    • are set up in many different and creative ways, such as sole trader, partnership, small business, social enterprise, charity, or voluntary organisation.

    Support from the Community Micro-Enterprise Project

    Community Catalysts has a huge amount of experience helping local people establish community micro-enterprises. We can:

    • offer a friendly and supportive point of contact to explore ideas;
    • provide practical information on regulation, training, and opportunities in the health and social care sector;
    • signpost to other organisations who can help.

    Community Catalysts can support people who are currently running a community micro-enterprise - one that helps older or disabled people who may want to extend what they do.

    We can also help people who are interested in starting a new community micro-enterprise.

    We would also like to connect with people, organisations, businesses or groups across Kirklees who have an interest in building stronger communities.

    Get in touch

    For more information about the project contact Mark Finch on 07741 260676 and

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