A NUMBER of new enterprises have popped up in the Chew Valley area and beyond to offer care and support to older people in their own homes. 

Local people who are passionate about supporting their neighbours are setting up offering help with cleaning, cooking, getting washed and dressed and more.

People like Rosie Williams is now working self-employed offering local support through her own community enterprise, Rosie’s Care and Support, based in Bishop Sutton.

Rosie said: “I wanted to be able to offer a quality service and fill in some of the gaps locally to ensure older people in my neighbourhood can stay in their own homes as long as they want to.”  

Rosie and others have been supported by Community Catalysts CIC in setting up which has been funded by Bath and North East Somerset Council (B&NES) to run a development programme to support local people to set up community enterprises. 

Michael Auton, a community catalyst for BANES who is leading the project, said: “We want to hear from you if you are a caring person who would like to work locally, set your own hours and rate of pay and offer a service you can be proud of.”

Michael will be running a monthly pop up clinic at the weekly coffee morning at Chew Valley Library, Bishop Sutton on the second Thursday of the month. Meet him on April 11 between 10.30am and 12pm. 

Or to discuss setting up an enterpise, contact Michael Auton on [email protected] or call 07443 191851.