Engage Life success with help of Worcestershire Micro-enterprise project

Published Friday, 19th June 2015

The Worcestershire Micro-enterprise Project, is celebrating the launch of a new charity called Engage Life.

Engage Life, based in Britannia Court, in Worcester aims to enhance the lives of adults with mental health issues and disabilities by building their self-worth.  Following the success of the pilot project run by Worcester Volunteer Centre it became clear that this invaluable service needed to continue.

The Worcestershire Micro-enterprise Project is an initiative delivered in partnership between Worcestershire County Council and Community Catalyst to support small local enterprises that provide a range of care and support services.

Robert Allen, aged 46 has benefited from the project and continues to receive support through Engage Life. Robert said: “I had to give up work to become a sole carer for my Mom when she was 75. When my Mom died I felt abandoned by my family and I couldn’t cope on my own. Things got bad and I felt like I was standing in the dark. Penny Tate and Gail Newns worked with me to get my life back. They offered lots of support and I even found a hidden talent with their help. I found I was quite creative with computer art, I designed this cake as a surprise for their launch and to say thank you for being there for me.”

Cllr Sheila Blagg, Worcestershire County Council's cabinet member for Adult Social Care fully supports this exciting venture, she added: "We aim to stimulate the development and growth of micro-enterprises within the health and social care sector - just like Engage Life  and we offer support across all of the County. We are able to offer support with information on policies and procedures and with marketing as well as access to a wide range of funded training through Worcestershire County Council.”

"Micro-enterprises are very small local enterprises that provide a range of care and support services. These could include activities that help people to gain a new skill or make new friends, lead a healthy life or enjoy a leisure activity. They are offered by a wide range of people and organisations in the community, including by people who themselves need some support and by family carers.

"Micro enterprises bring a choice of high quality, small scale, local services to people wherever they live.

"We wish Engage Life every success in the future."

Engage Life sessions run on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10:00 – 2:30 and cost £5.00.

For more information contact the team on 01905 745803 or email enquiries@engagelife.org.uk or

for more information about micro-enterprises visit www.worcestershire.gov.uk/info/20148/micro-enterprise