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Author: Lisa Kirkley

Bev leaves the corporate world behind to launch her own community enterprise!

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1st April 2022

This piece was originally published on 28th March 2022 by Oxfordshire County Council. You can read it on the Oxfordshire County Council website here. Tired and lacking fulfilment from her corporate career, Bev Martin knew she needed a shift in 2021 after years of high pressure had caught up with her. Now with a newly launched … Read more

Free consultation for Cooperatives

13th January 2022

The Cooperatives UK Advice Team is offering a free 30 minute consultation for cooperatives to help review governance. Support includes: Governance reviews and audits Review of governing documents and policies HR help and support Financial, legal and membership advice Email to book your free session. Read more

‘Transforming Social Care’ – new website from DoH&SC

10th January 2022

Following the publication of the social care reform White Paper at the end of last year, the Dept of Health and Social Care has launched a new website to show what’s changing, when. Take a look at the website here. Read more

Spotlight on: Abingdon Homecare

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23rd December 2021

“I have some lovely memories. I remember taking one gentleman to a Christmas fair towards the end of his life – he was so excited to see the light-up reindeer, he absolutely loved it. I am really glad I was able to take him.”  Charmin, Abingdon Homecare Charmin runs Abingdon Homecare, offering care and support … Read more

Grants available for local groups or projects in Central Bedfordshire

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19th October 2021

Central Bedfordshire Council are offering grant to support local groups or projects that need help or to support ideas about doing something for the community. Whether it’s cultural, environmental, sporting or social projects, and you have match funding you can apply or find out more here. Read more

Autism training in Central Bedfordshire

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1st October 2021

Autism Bedfordshire offers training packages suitable for anyone wanting to increase their understanding of autism and knowledge of strategies to support individuals. Where possible, training is delivered in partnership with autistic guest speakers who offer their unique personal perspective of life on the spectrum. Find out more and book a place Read more

Meeting potential community enterprises in Oxfordshire

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10th September 2021

Over the last month Catalyst, Anita Wingad has been out and about getting to know her local community and talking about the community enterprise project – supporting local people to set up community enterprises offering care and support to other local people. Anita attended the Summer Festival at Princess Diana’s park and met some wonderful … Read more

Seeking opportunities to work with the armed forces, families and veterans in Oxfordshire

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10th September 2021

Local Catalyst, Anita Wingad is seeking opportunities to connect more with the local Armed Forces, families and Veterans to support them to set up their own small enterprises offering care and support to other local people. If you do have any contacts who may be interested in finding out more or connecting up please do … Read more

Spotlight on: House Angels

19th August 2021

Supporting a community enterprise Kim and Caroline recently set up House Angels – a community enterprise specialising in decluttering – but were finding it difficult get known across their local area in Norfolk.     “Setting up a small enterprise is a very daunting thing to do, especially if like us you are new to … Read more

Free promotion for your community enterprise or group

28th July 2021

Free promotion available for your community enterprise and group via community hour on Greater Manchester Rock Radio. Each session is pre-recorded and goes out at 3pm on Sundays – email for more details and to set up your session. Greater Manchester Rock Radio is based on the internet and reaches a national audience, so … Read more

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