Grants on offer for social care start-upsBy Victoria Smith
September 22, 2011
Entrepreneurs looking to set up local firms offering social care can apply for start-up grants of up to £1,500.
Wokingham Borough Council is inviting applications from newly established social care providers or people planning to set up a social care business.
The scheme has already helped 12 new businesses providing a range of personalised care and support services.
James Burgess, community care commissioning and development manager, said: “We hope that by offering these grants there will be more options for people who have a social care need to access community services.
“This is an important part of helping people improve their quality of life. We hope that small providers will be able to offer new and more personalised services to help people do this.”
In addition to these grants, the council is also offering small providers help from local business support service The Real Business Club by organising networking and information events.
Debbie Stone, whose company Flair benefitted from a grant in 2009, said: “Flair is a traditional home help service and it’s been running for three years.
“We operate in Wokingham and surrounding area, offering help with housework, shopping, laundry and ironing, as well as companionship. I think this is a marvellous scheme and it gave Flair a real boost.”
Shelagh Robinson and Tracey Williams, also received a grant in 2009 to help their company, T&S Services, which provides home support, said: “The micro enterprise grant was so helpful. It enabled us to buy software for our invoices and paper work, and pay for the printing of leaflets.”
For details contact James Burgess, on 0118 974 6235 or Steve George, on 07786 534 922.