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Landscapes of helping: kindliness in neighbourhoods and communities

25th March 2015

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation have launched a new report looking at how informal helping, or the giving and receiving of acts of kindness, works in the semi-rural West Yorkshire Community of Hebden Bridge. It also explores how this can be fostered in other communities. The report, which is available here, focusses on an aspect of … Read more

Helping carers to stay healthy

25th March 2015

The Department of Health have updated their summary information on the issues facing carers, the actions they are taking, the strategy background to these actions, who they’ve consulted, and bills and legislation. Please click here for more information. Read more

Small Good Stuff now has over 200 members

24th March 2015

Small Good Stuff is an initiative developed by Community Catalysts C.I.C. which aims to help small community initiatives and enterprises to get going and keep going. It also helps people who need care or support to link with local community enterprises who can offer what they need. Community Catalysts is a Community Interest Company that works … Read more

Resources for self-directed support and personal budgets

18th March 2015

Think Local Act Personal have developed a range of resources on self-directed support and personal budgets. These resources include POET surveys and guidance on care and support planning for compliance with the Care Act and can be accessed here. Read more

How to sustainably finance personal health budgets

18th March 2015

Getting the sums right – How to sustainably finance personal health budgets is a new briefing paper published this week by the NHS Confederation in partnership with Think Local Act Personal. This paper includes case studies from organisations which have already introduced personal health budgets and sets out how organisations can address financial challenges when implementing … Read more

New Integrated Personal Commissioning sites for NHS England announced

18th March 2015

From the 1st April 2015 10,000 people with complex lives will have the opportunity to decide how their combined health and social care fund is spent on meeting their needs, thereby helping to cultivate a person-centred approach that offers choice and control. This was the announcement made last week by NHS England and the Local … Read more

Small grants awarded to some amazing community minded folks

16th March 2015

We at Community Catalysts are passionate about helping local people to help and care for other local people. As part of this passion we established Small Good Stuff which is a place where tiny community enterprises with a social care or support focus can publicise their services, link with peers and get help and information. We … Read more

Getting better outcomes for older people using personal budgets

9th March 2015

Think Local Act Personal have published a report collating the latest information about personal budgets for older people. The Getting Better Options report draws on research from across the sector and shows that while older people do experience positive benefits from having a personal budget, these are not as marked as for other groups. The report … Read more

A guide to grants for children and adults with a disability.

24th February 2015

Disability Grants is a website that has been set up by a mother of a disabled child to save people time by having information on grants that are available all in one place. This website provides information on charities and trusts to help you find a grant for yourself, your family, or anyone you are supporting … Read more

Personal budgets tool

17th February 2015

Think Local Act Personal have developed a Personal Budgets Minimum Process Framework to help councils by suggesting simpler and less bureaucratic ways to meet people’s needs. It lists what councils must do to meet their Care Act responsibilities, and addresses many of the process problems reported by people who use services, carers and families. This framework … Read more