Decision details

COVID Community Connectors

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member - Health and Wellbeing

Decision status: Awaiting Implementation

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Sefton Council and Sefton CVS submitted a joint funding bid to central government to enhance and expand community activity in response to COVID-19. The funding bid has been successful, and £500k has been awarded.


The Contract Procedure Rules require the authorisation of a Cabinet Member to allocate £250k to Sefton CVS - £100k for community grants and £150k for the equipment and other activities.



Decisions Made:


(1)  The request to grant the release Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) funding to Sefton CVS for the delivery of the Community Connectors Programme as detailed within this report and expression of interest (appendix 1), be approved;

(2)  the Director of Public Health be authorised to waive the contract procedure rules and enter into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Sefton CVS to ensure delivery of expected outcomes against deliverable activities outlined in the expression of interest.

(3)  the Director of Public Health be requested to provide additional comments as is necessary.


Reason for Decisions:


·       The external funder has approved the bid and the breakdown of all funded activity.

·       The allocation of £250k is to support a larger project working jointly with the Council’s Locality Service.

·       Sefton CVS are a key link organisation/provider of the COVID-19 Community response activity.

·       Sefton CVS manage the Social Prescribing Link Workers in Sefton.

·       Sefton CVS also manage the Living Well Sefton

·       Living Well Sefton will allocate funds to local projects via the well-established Living Well Sefton Community Resilience Grants framework.


Alternative Options Considered and Rejected:



Publication date: 21/04/2021

Date of decision: 21/04/2021

Effective from: 30/04/2021

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