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Care Champion Sharon Making Massive Difference to Stoke-on-Trent Residents

Published: Wednesday, 10th January 2024

A community micro-enterprise is making a huge difference to residents across Stoke-on-Trent.

Sharon Champ founded Sharon’s Care & Home Help in August 2023, after hearing about community enterprises via the Community Catalysts Facebook page.

Community Catalysts is funded by Stoke-on-Trent City Council, and helps people interested in setting up their own business offering care and support on a self-employed basis or as a small enterprise.

Nearly six months later, Sharon is receiving amazing feedback from the people she supports and is thriving with the independence that running her own business has given her.

Sharon Champ, founder of Sharon’s Care & Home Help said:

“I love working for myself because I'm in control from start to finish; from the care planning stage to delivering a good quality of care for our community.

“My local community Catalyst Alice came into my life at exactly the right time and we worked through exactly what we needed to get done step by step. 

“I found Alice's way of working very supportive and helpful at a very difficult time in my career. I love working for myself and wouldn't change it now for all the tea in China.”

Cllr Duncan Walker, cabinet member for adult services said:

“Community enterprises like Sharon’s Care are a prime example of why the Community Catalysts scheme has proved so successful.”

"On one hand the person setting up their own business gets to pick their clients and working hours, allowing for their chosen work/life balance and on the flipside, people who need care in Stoke-on-Trent can get in touch with Sharon or one of other community enterprises and receive the support they need.

“Anyone who is considering setting up their own care enterprise, is encouraged to contact Community Catalysts today.”

A directory of local new and established care and support options is available on the Small Good Stuff website: www.smallgoodstuff.co.uk/stoke-on-trent.

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