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Author: Cat Thomas

FREE drop in sessions for people who want to set up an enterprise in Oxfordshire

21st October 2021

Anita Wingad, local Catalyst, is running drop in sessions for people who are thinking about setting up a small enterprise offering care or support in and around the Banbury community. Anita can help you to be your own boss, share your skills and offer support to others, such as odd jobs, DIY, IT support, shopping, … Read more

Local Connections Fund – second round of applications now open

6th July 2021

Grassroots charities and community groups tackling loneliness can apply for a share of £2 million of National Lottery funding to support their work. The funding is made available through the second round of the Local Connections Fund, a joint £4 million funding programme from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) and The National Lottery Community Fund. The first … Read more

Meet The Buzz and Small Good Stuff Grant winners

28th June 2021

Part of Community Catalysts’ ethos and social enterprise business model is to support the sector and reinvest back into the wider community. Earlier this year, Community Catalysts ran two grant programmes for our fantastic Small Good Stuff members who run tiny community enterprises, organisations and groups that offer help and care for others. The Buzz … Read more

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) illustrated guide for community and social care settings

14th June 2021

The Government have published a resource which outlines personal protective equipment (PPE) advice for health and social care workers working in the community. Read more here Read more

How time flies…

8th June 2021

I am nine months into running Community Catalysts’ two-year project in Cherwell, Oxfordshire, working with local people who want to develop community and small enterprises offering highly personalised care and support to older and disabled people. The project is funded by Oxfordshire County Council. I am pleased to have received over 80 enquiries; I have … Read more

UPDATED: Guidance for people receiving direct payments

2nd June 2021

The Government has updated their guidance for people receiving direct payment. The updates reflect the date of the end of free PPE to all of Adult Social Care – the end of March 2022. Read the guidance here Read more

Health and wellbeing of the adult social care workforce

25th May 2021

Advice for those working in adult social care on managing your mental health and how employers can take care of the wellbeing of their staff during the coronavirus outbreak. Includes a section for the self-employed. This has now been updated to reflect the changes made as part of ‘Step 3’ of the government’s ‘COVID-19 response … Read more

How to order Covid-19 PPE – updated limits

24th May 2021

The Government have updated their guidance for health and social care providers when ordering PPE through the portal. The updated guidance includes additioanl information on small hand hygiene order limits for domiciliary care providers. Find out more here Read more

Covid-19 and providing home care – updated guidance

17th May 2021

The Government have updated the information for those providing personal care to people living in their own home during the coronavirus outbreak. The guidance has now been updated to reflect that clinically extremely vulnerable people are no longer required to shield  Read the guidance here Read more

Updated: Guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities

17th May 2021

The Government has updated their guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities. The guidance particularly refers to Social Distancing and Capacity (2a) and Support Groups (3a): https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-multi-purpose-community-facilities/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-multi-purpose-community-facilities Read more