It has been over a year since Karen Arrowsmith launched Fundamentals CIC and she says it has been an eventful and life changing time.
Fundamentals is a new and emerging micro-enterprise using the principles of hairdressing to help people with disabilities to learn skills in a fun way, in the community of Kidderminster.
Fundamentals is also about having lots of fun and over the past year they have been out on field trips, visited a trade show at the NEC, as well as taking advantage of what is on offer at their location at the Simply Limitless wellbeing centre. Fitness and exercise is also incorporated into their sessions.
Despite having experienced personal loss with the death of her mom and also come through the difficulties and the vulnerability of helping her disabled daughter transition from school to adulthood Karen has continued to develop the care salon that she is passionate about.
Karen said: "Fundamentals is about developing the whole person, and being a part of their community. Using the fundamental principles of business and hairdressing to help people look after themselves and develop skills. We also do lots of hairdressing as you can see from the photos and Sophie, who has been with Fundamentals the longest, has developed new skills, found new friends and confidence over the last year."
Karen will be attending the Worcestershire Community Micro-Enterprise Project's Community Connect event.
Community Connect will be held at Worcester Cathedral Chapter House on 18 February 2-6pm. Admission is free. The project is run by Community Catalysts in partnership with Worcestershire County Council.
The event is for people who are looking for care and support to engage and learn about local community groups and organisations. Local business people, who are willing to mentor community enterprises, are also urged to attend.
The afternoon drop in session will see small community groups - who provide local options for older people, people with disabilities - showcasing their work.
Worcestershire has 76 community micro-enterprises offering support to more than 1,100 local people.
Councillor Sheila Blagg, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: "We aim to stimulate the development and growth of micro-enterprises within the health and social care sector - just like Karen's business Fundamentals and we offer support across the County. We have been able to offer Karen 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 offer support to more than 1,000 local people in Worcestershire. If you are interested to hear how you or someone you know can receive support or if you would like to help any of these groups please do also come along to the event on 18 February at Worcester Cathedral to find out more."
For a free Fundamentals taster session contact Karen by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01562 751144.
For further information about Community Connect, email email@example.com
For more information about micro-enterprises visit www.worcestershire.gov.uk/info/20148/micro-enterprise