Sefton VCFSE Community Mental Health Transformation Funding

Sefton CVS in partnership with Mersey Care NHS Trust are seeking Expressions of Interests for Community Mental Health Transformation projects 2024-2025.

£160K of Community Mental Health Transformation Funding has been allocated by Mersey Care to support VCFSE activities in Sefton that will form part of a new Mental Health Navigation Service for people with Severe Mental Illness.

We are looking for expressions of interest for projects that will address;

  • Loneliness and Isolation
  • Cost of Living Crisis Support
  • Support for Carers of people living with SMI

This funding is only open to Voluntary Community Faith and Social Enterprise organisations currently working in Sefton, although you may as part of a partnership bring in an external partner, the lead must already be delivering in Sefton.

Funding is for 12 months of service delivery, although there is an expectation that this will continue beyond that time.

Your project must be ready to mobilise into delivery within 3 months of notification of the award of the funds.

This funding is for support for people who have a diagnosis of Severe Mental Illness and are open to the Community Mental Health Team, it is not a general wellbeing fund for people with poor mental health.

Organisations can apply for between £10,000 and £40,000 of funding, to cover a 12 month period of activity.

Expression of Interest Pack

MH Navigation Expression of Interest (EOI) Form
EOI Guidance and Further Information

Expressions of Interest will be open from Friday 5 July 2024 to 5pm Monday 22 July

Please submit your EOI forms to:


The NHS Long Term Plan and more recently the Fuller Stocktake have highlighted the need for partnership working across both NHS and non-NHS organisations to delivery system change in Community Mental Health Transformation. Systems are required to build stronger relationships across primary and secondary services, and to involve VCSE organisations as strategic and delivery partners within new models of integrated care. Within the plan there is recognition of the need for this relationship to be underpinned by recurrent, sustainable investment.

In 2024/2025 Mersey Care NHS Trust identified £160,000 for Voluntary, Community, Faith and Social Enterprise (VCFSE) sector involvement in the design and delivery of services to transform community mental health support in Sefton. This funding is for one year with an expectation that it will continue in future years.

Specifically targeted at support for people who are open to Community Mental Health Teams both adults and older adult with functional mental illness, sometimes known as Severe Mental Illness (SMI), this funding DOES NOT address issues of crisis care, IAPT, Learning Disability /Autism/ ADHD services and Memory Services or other Dementia Care. Other funding targeting these priorities is identified in the NHS Long Term Plan.

For more information of guidance, please contact: