Community Connect Event Hailed a Success

Published Tuesday, 1st March 2016

The first Worcestershire Community Connect event, for people looking for care and support, was hailed a success as tributes poured in.

Worcestershire community micro-enterprise project recently hosted its inaugural Community Connect event at Worcester Cathedral Chapter House.

The afternoon drop-in session saw small community groups - who provide local options for older people and people with disabilities - showcasing their work. 

The micro-enterprise project is run by Community Catalysts in partnership with Worcestershire County Council.

The architectural gem of the country's only circular Chapter House was the venue offered by the Dean of Worcester, the Very Reverend Peter Atkinson.

The Dean said: "Community Catalysts do important work in helping people help themselves. It was an excellent well attended event and I am delighted that the Cathedral played its part in helping to bring local people together."

Councillor Ian Hopwood, Chairman of Worcestershire County Council said: "We aim to stimulate the development and growth of micro-enterprises within the health and social care sector.

"There are 76 community micro-enterprises in Worcestershire offering support to more than 1,100 local people. They are very small local enterprises that provide a range of care and support services.

“I was very interested to talk to the many small community groups - who provide local options for older people, people with disabilities - showcasing their work. These included activities that help people to gain a new skill or make new friends, lead a healthy life or enjoy a leisure activity."

Sian Lockwood, Chief Executive of Community Catalysts said: “The event had two key themes, firstly helping providers of small care services to showcase what they do and secondly getting them help from mentors and volunteers. It was a great success and we will be building on this as a follow-up we are running a session at Worcester University in March to get people together who are looking for or offering mentoring.  We hope to attract even more mentors as a result so do get in touch if you might be willing and need more information.” 

The event is also supported by the University of Worcester, who have provided joint networking opportunities through Worcester Enterprise, where local enterprises get the opportunity to speak with other local entrepreneurs as well as students.

Chris Clarke, Community Catalyst and organiser of the event summed the event up: “What really made the whole event work was the power it generated simply by bringing people together. For me this goes to show the amount of support that is available locally – if we just find ways to ask for it.”