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Supporting micro enterprises in social care adds much needed capacity and benefits local economies
Debbie John is a project manager at Community Catalysts, a social enterprise that works with local authorities across the UK to help local people who want to set up small enterprises delivering care and support services.
The sort of people they seeing come forward to start these micro-enterprises include people from health and social care backgrounds, but also people who’ve diversified from other areas. For example, they might have had a cleaning business and then decided there is much more of a need for home care, or they might have been working as an upaid carer for a family member, or been a volunteer. If you think about the response to Covid, says Debbie, there are many people now thinking about making a living from caring, working as a freelancer or micro-enterprise.
Debbie describes the support provided to people as they develop and launch services, and then as these mature, sometimes to the point of employing others. There is certainly an opportunity to earn by doing this, she says, as well as plenty of satisfaction to be derived from delivering a much needed service into the local community.