The Community Business Bright Ideas Fund will reopen on 26th June 2018 closing 31st July

The Community Business Bright Ideas Fund will reopen on 26th June 2018 at 10am and close on 31st July at midnight.

The Community Business Bright Ideas Fund aims to give community groups in England the support to start setting up their community business. Groups accepted onto the programme will receive one to one business development support and be invited to apply for a small grant to fund development and start-up costs, such as feasibility studies, legal and other fees connected with developing governance, taking ownership of a building or other asset, community engagement, business planning and more.

The programme is run by Locality and offers:

  • Specialist support with creating a development plan for your community business
  • Mentoring and visits to inspire you and enable you to learn from peers
  • Regional networking and events to learn from experts in the field
  • The opportunity to apply for a grant of up to £15,000

Interested community groups can already read the guidance and register for the ‘Is Bright Ideas right for you?’ webinar on 18 June.

Meet your new Locality Representatives

Healthwatch Sefton can announce that its members have now decided who they want to represent the consumer champion in the borough to ensure local decision makers and health and social care services hear the views of people throughout Sefton.

Each of the new locality representatives will serve a three-year term of office and their responsibilities involve: acting as a point of contact for residents living in their local area; letting Healthwatch Sefton know of any issues local residents have when using health and social care services; and supporting Healthwatch Sefton with engagement activities.

Among other specific duties, the representatives are also expected to attend steering group and community champion network meetings, promote Healthwatch Sefton’s aims and objectives, and help build effective relationships with their CCG locality counterpart to streamline communications between the two organisations.

Voting for the role of locality representative began last November with Healthwatch Sefton’s community membership of more than 1,000 choosing their preferred candidates to uphold the aims and objectives of Healthwatch Sefton.

Healthwatch Sefton has a number of statutory functions which include: gathering the views and experiences of Sefton patients and residents, as well as promoting and supporting the involvement of people in the commissioning and provision of local health and social care services.

The four representatives in the NHS Southport and Formby CCG locality are:
North Southport – Brian Clark (OBE)
Central Southport – Anne Major
South Southport – Ken Lowe
Formby – Nigel Booth

The four representatives in the NHS South Sefton CCG locality are:
Bootle – vacant
Maghull – Maurice Byrne
Crosby (including Hightown, Waterloo and Thornton) – Diane Foulston
Seaforth, Litherland and Netherton – vacant

If you live in any of the localities mentioned above and want to contact the Healthwatch Sefton locality representative, then you contact them via 0151 920 0726 ext 240 or email:

Also, as there are two localities with a vacant role, Healthwatch Sefton would like to hear from any of their other members interested in taking on the position. Alternatively, anyone living in either the Bootle, or Seaforth,R Litherland and Netherton localities (or has a good knowledge of those areas), and would like more information on how to become a member of Healthwatch in order to be considered for a role, should email:, or call 0151 920 0726 ext 240.

How to Keep it Local: Five step guide for councillors and commissioners

Locality’s new How to Keep it Local: Five step guide for councillors and commissioners is the handbook for pioneering councillors and commissioners across the country who prioritise local commissioning and delivery, leading to improved services for local people, savings for councils and economic resilience in their communities.

Based on our five key principles of how to Keep it Local, the guide busts myths around commissioning locally and showcases the benefits of working with community anchor organisations.

More info –