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Local woman offering care and support thanks new scheme for help in setting up new business

Published: Tuesday, 19th September 2023

Hummingbird Care, founded by Wendy Edwards, has thanked a new Stoke-on-Trent City Council-funded scheme for helping her to setup her own small business offering care and support.

Wendy has now been up and running for over 12 months, after she decided to work for herself following 15 years in the nursing and social care sectors.

Wendy spoke to Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s Adult Social Care team who referred her to the new development scheme run by social enterprise Community Catalysts; they specialise in helping passionate local people to set up offering care and support on a self-employed basis or as a small enterprise. A directory of local new and established care and support options is available on their website Small Good Stuff: www.smallgoodstuff.co.uk/stoke-on-trent

Wendy Edwards, founder of Hummingbird Care said:

“I’m so pleased I decided to go self-employed, I have the most rewarding job going. Every day I have the privilege to assist and be a part of people’s lives, helping them to enjoy keeping their independence within their own homes. Also helping them to access their community – by supporting them to go out shopping, walking, socialising, or just keeping them company. Whatever they require is always a joy.

I will be forever grateful to the Community Catalysts team, for helping me to develop Hummingbird Care. Working self-employed has given me the opportunity of independence to decide how many hours I work each week”

Cllr Sarah Hill, cabinet member for Adult Services said:

“The Community Catalysts scheme gives caring local people across Stoke-on-Trent the opportunity to branch out and create their own vibrant small businesses offering support and wellbeing options to their neighbours. In doing so it also increases the number of care and support options in the city.

“We know that a number of people who have worked with Community Catalysts have benefited from the freedom it allows them around their work/life balance as well as being able to work locally.”

To find out more about Community Catalysts, please visit www.communitycatalysts.co.uk or email alice.cosgrove@communitycatalysts.co.uk.