Community enterprises for care and support

Supporting local people

Lots of people need some extra help in life, perhaps because they are older, disabled, or have a long-term health condition. Their needs could include:

  • personal care
  • support with their home or garden
  • help to get out and about, or meet friends
  • help to enjoy hobbies or find work

A community enterprise is a small local service that can offer people the support they need to live the life they want. They often help with care, housing, community or health matters.

Typically a community enterprise:

  • has 8 or fewer full-time staff or volunteers
  • is independent – not part of a larger organisation
  • offers support in a way that puts people first

Community enterprises tend to be personal, flexible and responsive. Their small size means they are also known as 'community micro-enterprises' or 'micro providers'. They can be fully commercial or run by volunteers, full-time or part-time, or a mixture of these.

A community micro-enterprise could be a:

  • sole trader
  • partnership
  • social enterprise
  • not-for-profit, charity or voluntary organisation

People can pay for their services using either:

  • their own money
  • direct payments or personal budgets from us, which they can decide how to spend

Go to Community Catalysts to find out more about community enterprises, or contact us about running a community micro-enterprise.