Community Catalysts

Community Catalysts is a social enterprise which harnesses the talents of people and communities to provide imaginative solutions to complex social issues and care needs. The care and support they offer is always on a very small (micro) scale, really personal and often delivered in creative and quirky ways. The services are aimed at people who may need support or care because they are older, disabled, have ill health or are particularly vulnerable for some other reason. These services can be purchased by individuals funding their own care, or who have a Personal Budget.

15 January 2015
Local Alliances:
Southwark Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

Community Catalysts works nationally to support the development of community micro- enterprises to offer innovative, flexible and personalised services which help disabled and older people and people with dementia to remain part of their communities, retain a sense of identity, engage in meaningful and therapeutic activities as well as providing support in their caring role to family and friends.

Community Catalysts supports the development of community enterprises through its Micro- Market development programmes in partnership with local authorities and health authorities and other third sector organisations.

Community micro- enterprises are run by local people to support other people in their community who need some help to live the life they want to live; they can be designed around individuals and their needs in an enabling and supportive way


Community entrepreneurs are drawn from all walks of life and include many people who themselves need some support to live a good life enabling them to contribute and feel valued.  Some community enterprises are set up by families when they are unable to find the right support for a family member, at the right time and in the right place.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

Community Catalysts is a national organisation but is currently only able to support the development of the micro- market for people with dementia in the areas where local authorities, health authorities or third sector organisations can commit to and fund our intervention and model. We are currently reviewing our model to address this.

2. Actions

  • Support micro-enterprises who want to set up services aimed at people with dementia in Southwark.

    In Southwark we will be aiming to support people who might want to set up small dementia care or support services. We believe that small services provide unique and quirky solutions which can be tailored-made to the individual.

  • Co-ordinator to become dementia friend

    Our co-ordinator has attended training and has become a Dementia Friend. They will pass this information onto the micro support and care services.

  • Support people with dementia around the UK

    Around the UK we have already supported several micros which have had good outcomes for people with dementia. These have included Senior Moments in Stevenage which gives practical help ranging from assisting with correspondence, form filling, over-seeing deliveries and spring cleaning, to learning to use the internet, research family history and take trips out and go on holidays.