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Category: Community Micro-enterprise

The Buzz – 6 months on and over 100 activities!

3rd November 2020

Back in May, at the start of the Covid lockdown, we launched The Buzz as a way to help support people to stay active and inspired through what we thought would be a short, temporary disruption to the ‘normal’. However, as things evolved it became clear that the temporary stand-in we’d created had become a … Read more

The Buzz

30th April 2020

Catalysts Harry Clarkson in Rotherham and Zoe Miller in Birmingham, work in partnership with their local authorities. They explain what they have been busy doing during lockdown and why! We support the development of community enterprises in Birmingham and Rotherham and have seen first-hand the challenges that lockdown has brought for the people running them. … Read more

Building an inclusive economy through community business: the role of social capital and agency in community business formation in deprived communities

18th December 2019

The Centre for Local Economic Strategies’ latest report ‘Building an inclusive economy through community business: the role of social capital and agency in community business formation in deprived communities’ , funded by Power to Change, takes a comparative look at the social capital and agency needed to make community business flourish. The report surveys key stakeholders … Read more

Structures for social enterprises by DLA Piper and UnLtd

16th April 2019

If you’re thinking of setting up a social enterprise there are quite a few different legal structures to consider: Company Limited by Shares Company Limited by Guarantee Community Interest Company (CIC) Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) ‘Co-operative’ Industrial and Provident Society ‘Community Benefit’ Industrial and Provident Society Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) Partnership Sole Trader/Unincorporated Association It’s … Read more

Charity code of digital practice

19th November 2018

The first code of digital practice for charities has been published this month. The code of practice aims to help charities increase their impact, develop their skills and improve sustainability through the use of core principles and best practice. The code of practice is free to access and voluntary to sign up to and though it … Read more

Small-scale community projects delivering major health benefits and savings

28th January 2016

Inclusive Change have recently launched a report called Collaborative Healthcare which shows shows how small-scale community projects are already delivering major health benefits and savings in communities across the UK. Inclusive Change was set up to help people “live good lives in good places” and is a national partnership between Community Catalysts (the folks behind Small Good Stuff), In … Read more

Get involved with an important review of health and care sector investment in the Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Sectors

21st October 2015

The VCSE organisations that can get involved in this review are organisations who provide services and support that help to improve people’s health and well-being.  These organisations can take lots of shapes – they can have a structure that is well-recognised such as a charity or a community interest company but they can also be … Read more

What does real change involve?

15th September 2015

In the last of a series of blogs on how to avoid real change, Alex Fox, CEO of Shared Lives Plus shares his thoughts on the common arguments for business as usual, and how in public services, we are still wedded to thinking on a large and industrial, rather than small, scale, despite years of personalisation. … Read more

Micro-provision of Social Care Support for Marginalised Communities

3rd August 2015

An article by Dr. Catherine Needham and Dr. Sarah Carr of the University of Birmingham has been published which considers how very small community based organisations can work directly with individuals from ‘seldom heard’ groups. This article looks at the marginalising dynamics in mainstream, statutory social care provision, and how far local community, specialist or … Read more

The value of community enterprises

22nd July 2015

In an article written for Care Management Matters, Helen Allen explores the valuable contribution that community enterprises make to personalisation and delivering bespoke services to meet individual needs. Helen is the Manager of Enterprise and Community Innovation at Community Catalysts, the folks behind Small Good Stuff, and who have supported the development of approximately 1,000 … Read more