Project supports local people to help other local people

An innovative approach to providing more flexible care for people in their homes while supporting local people who want to create or expand a business is under way in Ryedale.


The “help at home” project aims to increase the number of small care providers to create and develop a diverse range of support, particularly within rural parts of the district, to complement existing support services.

It will achieve this by encouraging people who would like to set up or diversify their own care and support business.

North Yorkshire County Council’s health and adult services are behind the scheme, which is being managed on the council’s behalf by Community Catalysts, a well-established North Yorkshire-based community enterprise.

Cllr Michael Harrison, Executive Member for Adult Services and Health Integration, said: “The project is a response to the increasing number of people needing care and support in Ryedale’s villages. We aim to increase the number of caring solutions and widen the care on offer, particularly to people who use our direct payments scheme to take more control of their personal care budget.”

Direct Payments are cash payments paid to people in lieu of commissioned services. Having a direct payment gives people the ability to self-commission and tailor their own support in way that suits them best.  They help to improve well-being and most importantly, help people to live independently.

Direct payments will help to provide the perfect platform to encourage innovative and creative solutions to flourish and, over time, help people to access the support they really want and need.

The authority is seeking people to provide practical or personal support within the home.

“This is an opportunity for people who run a small business and are looking to diversify and those who are considering a career in the caring sector to set up  their own small business,” said Cllr Harrison. “We want to appeal to people within Ryedale, so this is also about creating jobs within the area and enabling people to stay here to develop their businesses. It’s support for and by local people.”

Community Catalysts can assist people who want to be self-employed or set up and run their own small enterprise offering help at home for people in the community. The support includes a point of contact to explore ideas; practical information on regulation and training; information about opportunities in the health and social care sector and about organisations that can help.

Richard Webb, Corporate Director for Health and Adult Services, said: “We are delighted to be working with Community Catalysts to develop and deliver innovative approaches to support and care for people living in the Ryedale district. This project aims to offer additional choice by complementing existing provision for individuals looking for additional support to maintain independence and wellbeing.”

Anyone interested in learning more can contact Kathy Peacock at or phone 07503 800094.

This story was published 23 June 2020