Given the challenges facing our NHS and social care services, Power to Change is exploring the ways that community business can deliver health and social care provision at a local level. This could include community businesses delivering things like nursery services, dementia support groups and mental health support.

Our research has revealed that community businesses are already making a positive impact on health and wellbeing in their local areas, but we want to see how they can fill the gaps in the health and social care market and provide alternatives to some current mainstream provision. By examining what the sustainable services and business models are and understanding how we can work with the broader market, commissioners and policymakers we aim to show how community businesses are part of a brighter future for health and social care. We believe that community businesses can help improve the current health and social care system by delivering both preventative activities and high quality formal services that are rooted within communities and creating and maintaining good jobs within the local community.  We will be gathering evidence over the coming years to support this. That’s why we are investing in developing the health and social care community business market by:

  • Developing a Community of Practice for community businesses and similar models which are delivering health and/or social care services
  • Awarding a small number of targeted grants aimed at building evidence of the viable models for community businesses in the sector
  • Working intensively in a few places to explore how community businesses and the broader health or social care system in a place can work best with each other and for the communities they serve
  • Commissioning a range of research in conjunction with our Research Institute  supporting relevant events exploring the conditions within a place that facilitate and support community businesses delivering Health and Social Care services
  • Working in partnership with other organisations and infrastructure bodies with which we have aligning priorities in both formal and informal ways

Sustainable Social Care: What role for community business?

Research Report

We commissioned New Economics Foundation to produce this research report to shed light on the role community business can play in the delivery of a sustainable social care service.

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An alternative future in Health and Social Care

Blog

We supported an event from Social Care Future to explore and discuss alternatives to the future of social care. Check out this blog on the event.

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How community-led health can go mainstream

Blog

Having sponsored Nesta’s People-Powered Health Conference, our CEO Vidhya Alakeson sums up what it would take for community-led health services to become mainstream.

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What works: Successful health and wellbeing community businesses

Research Report

This short report takes a look at the enablers to success for community businesses in the health and wellbeing sector. It was produced by SERIO, an applied research institute at the University of Plymouth.

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