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Nottinghamshire Micro-enterprise Project

Lead service provider/commissioner


Nottinghamshire County Council

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Prevention service description

Initially supported as part of NCC’s Putting People First agenda (now part of the Think Local Act Personal initiative), from July 2010 to March 2014, the project set out to stimulate and support a range of micro-provision. The providers were supported by a Project Coordinator, employed by Community Catalysts, and hosted by NCC. The Coordinator met with approximately 190 enquirers and gave intensive and tailored guidance, advice and signposting to those with viable ideas. There are now 64 micro-providers set up who support over 900 people across the county. Funding grants from NCC, of up to £1000, were made available to new and developing micro-providers, with 29 grants, out of 33 applications awarded.

These micro-providers offer a variety of different types of services including preventative services or those that promote independence, such as personal support at home not revolving around personal care; support to keep active and access leisure services; provision of daytime opportunities; employment support and one micro-enterprise which provides dog training support for people with mental health. Their services are advertised to people in the county via NCC’s Choose My Support website, making them available to self-funders, as well as those with personal budgets and receiving direct payments.

Intervention/service type:

Support at home; Community services; Low-level support

Target client group(s):

Older people; Adults with learning disabilities; Adults with mental health problems

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