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Catalyst Choices

Organisation Summary

Business Sector:Services for adults with learning disabilities and older people

Business Activities:Community and living support, day care and facilities management

Business Location:Warrington

Chief Executive:David Osborne

Turnover:£8m

Employees:350

Legal structure:Community Interest Company

Website:www.catalystchoices.co.uk

Catalyst Choices

Catalyst Choices provides social care services for adults.

On 1 February 2015 it came out of Warrington Borough Council as a staff-owned ‘spin-out’; Catalyst Choices needed to secure a sustainable future for its services and the customers it supported.

Established as an independent Community Interest Company (CIC), Catalyst Choices is large enough to provide a wide range of varied and quality services, but not too big or remote to care, ensuring that the interests of the communities it serves, its customers and staff are at the heart of everything it does.

Catalyst has four distinct strands of activity:

  • Catalyst Home offers community based support services for adults with learning disabilities and older people.
  • Catalyst Active aims to challenge common misconceptions about people with learning and physical disabilities, enabling participation and access to the same opportunities available to everyone else.
  • Catalyst Lives provides living support in three areas: residential and short break support, specialist supported tenancies and shared lives. Skilled teams develop key relationships of understanding and trust with individuals and their family carers.
  • Catalyst Solutions ensure that buildings remain safe and fit for purpose, supporting the company’s core aims of delivering high quality care, as well as managing a wide range of external contracts to ensure the best value across the whole company.

E3M Member

Catalyst Choices

Name:David Osborne

Title :Managing Director

David has worked in social care for 30 years and really ended up in the sector by accident! He went straight from school into an engineering career, but became interested in learning disabilities as his then girlfriend (now wife) worked in day services in Warrington.

David soon left engineering, retrained and, after having held a number of roles in a variety of adult social care services - from care assistant to Head of Service - in 2015 he successfully led the spin out of the whole adult social care provider services into Catalyst Choices CIC, a staff-owned social enterprise.

The journey took almost three years from conception, through the council decision-making processes to completion, and David considers this his toughest, but greatest, career achievement to date. He wouldn’t change the decision to ‘go for it’. During the last year David has been working to get the new company fully established and identified as an independent organisation, with its own culture and values as a staff-owned entity, living up to its core mission to provide ‘personalised support and care that we would be proud to offer our own families’.