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Community Living Well Self-Care Project: Funding Programme


Community Living Well Self-Care Project: Funding Programme


Background & Context

The ‘Community Living Well’ service, commissioned by West London CCG (WLCCG), offers a radically different model of care for people with stable long- term mental health needs, aimed at improving people’s mental, physical and social wellbeing.

The model of care was co-produced with a wide range of stakeholders, including people with long-term mental health needs, their carers, voluntary sector workers and clinicians and managers from the NHS and Local Authority.  The model of care is aligned to the ‘North West London Like Minded Strategy for Mental Health and Wellbeing’.

The service brings together and integrates a range of clinical and wellbeing services into a single core offer that can be readily accessed by service users and carers and by GPs, aligned to a wider network of community-based support, opportunities and activities.

WLCCG has made available one-off one-year funding of £125,000 in total, to fund a range of Self-Care activities from a number of providers, alinged to Community Living Well.


About the Mental Health Self-Care Project

Self-Care is a key component of the Community Living Well model of care providing a way of extending the range of options available to people who present to primary care or are transitioning from secondary care with psycho-social problems and, in doing so, makes the best use of community mental health resources.

Applicants must meet one or more of the following outcomes with their Self-Care service:

  1. Improving the mental health and wellbeing of people registered with GPs in Kensington & Chelsea, Queens Park and Paddington
  2. Enabling people to take more control of their mental and physical health and wellbeing by strengthening psychosocial, life and coping skills, including people who traditionally do not, or find it difficult to, access mental health services
  3. Helping reduce social isolation by providing opportunities to build social contact and make new friendships
  4. Empowering and supporting people to lead full lives as active participants in their communities through increased uptake of community, leisure, education, arts and volunteering opportunities
  5. Raising awareness of the benefits of mental and physical wellbeing and healthy living

The Self-Care Project will operate from August 1st 2019 – 31st July 2020 and will complement Community Living Well by expanding the range of Self-Care support available and providing a preventative element.

The Self-Care Project will be managed by Kensington & Chelsea Social Council (KCSC). Access to services available through the project will be via a single point of access managed by KCSC and through self-referrals to individual services.  As funding will be non-recurrent, support will be provided to organisations by KCSC to seek options to develop sustainable services that continue beyond the lifetime of the project.

Criteria for the Self-Care services

The services will:

  • Reach people over 16
  • Provide a service for people registered with a GP in Kensington & Chelsea, Queens Park and Paddington
  • Be targeted at people accessing primary care for their mental health or in transition from secondary care to primary care for their mental health
  • Demonstrate, or show potential for, long term sustainability (beyond the life of the funding given)
  • Not duplicate or compete with an existing service


Criteria for Applicants

To apply, organisations must:

  • Be a registered charity, voluntary or community group, Social Enterprise or Community Interest Company, statutory organisation, or registered social landlord
  • Have a completed Data Security and Protection (DSP) Tool Kit or be willing to complete this prior to the commencement of the service
  • Not have received funding from Community Living Well for this service previously. (However, an organisation may apply again, for a new service, or an adapted service informed by lessons learned)
  • Have in place standard policies including Safeguarding and Working with Vulnerable Adults
  • Have audited or independently examined accounts
  • Be a current provider of services to people living in the WLCCG area, or be based in the WLCCG area.

What services do we want to include within the Self-Care Project?

We would like to fund as wide a range of services as possible, and are particularly interested in services which involve innovation. If you have an idea for a project that you think is ground-breaking, this fund could be a good place to test your idea.

Here are some examples of services that could be funded; please note that this is not an exhaustive list:

  • Developing friendships and support networks, eg day trips, theatre trips, buddying schemes around going out.
  • Holistic health eg meditation and mindfulness courses, massage, physical activities and exercise.
  • Personal development eg life coaching, reading groups, skills development courses.
  • Speaking out and taking control eg debating groups, assertiveness and confidence training, carers’ advocacy.
  • ‘Giving something back’ and helping others eg volunteering opportunities, time banking, co-counselling.
  • One-to-one support.
  • Help in accessing and using activities, eg mother tongue support.

Application process


  • Dead line for Proposals – 10am Tuesday 11th June 2019
  • Panel meeting/successful organisations informed – w/c 17th June 2019
  • Money paid out to organisations end June 2019
  • Programme start date– 1st August 2019


Returning the Application

Application form can be accessed here

For any queries regarding your application or completing the application form, please contact Sara Murphy, sara@kcsc.org.uk

Completed applications should be sent to sara@kcsc.org.uk or submitted online via the webform.


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