Community Mental Health Transformation

As part of the Community Mental Health Transformation, the VCSE team are ensuring Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise groups are part of the conversation around transforming mental health services.

Learn more about the Community Mental Health Transformation.

Why involve the VCSE sector in transforming mental health services?

Working alongside NHS services, VCSEs provide unique support for people experiencing mental health challenges. They establish a connected community of people with shared experiences, get to know the people that come along each week and develop trusting professional relationships, often over a cuppa and a biscuit! Having that trust allows for honest conversations with service users about how mental health has affected them and can often highlight areas of services which need improvement.

This unique insight, along with input from our Experts by Experience, gives us a clear and honest depiction of how mental health services are currently operating and how they can be transformed.

What are the VCSE team doing?

We are going out and meeting VCSE staff, volunteers, and service users; connecting with the VCSE is instrumental in encouraging mental health services to meet people where they are.

From the 28th of March to the 29th of April 2022, we held a series of workshops for VCSE organisations to attend. We connected with 26 professionals from 24 VCSE organisations and groups to find out how we could improve community mental health to meet the needs of service users. You can read our findings from the workshops by clicking the attachment at the bottom of the page.

Innovation Fund Applications are now open!

What is the VCSE Innovation Fund?

As part of the CMHT, an Innovation Fund of a minimum of £300,000 in 2022/23, followed by another £300,000 in 2023/24, will be distributed to VCSE partners to fund targeted and specific projects addressing local health and life inequalities for people with severe mental health problems.

Organisations can apply for up to £25,000. We want to fund projects that demonstrate they can have a positive impact on the mental health or wellbeing for residents of Coventry and Warwickshire.

What are we looking for?

  • Bids for funding must be Trauma Informed and/or Address Health Inequalities
  • Applications will be marked via a point system and applications with 4+ points will be considered for progression
  • Only bids based in Coventry and/or Warwickshire, with a focus of improving mental health or wellbeing of over 18s, will be considered

Please see criteria for a successful bid below…

When is the deadline for applications?

Pot 1: Bids <= £3k

Unfortunately we are unable to accept applications for this pot at present.

Pot 2: Bids over £3k up to 25k

Applications should be received 7 working days before the panel is to be held so our VCSE fund administrator can prepare the paperwork and send to the panel members at least one week before the meeting.

Deadline for Pot 2 applications: 12 noon, Thursday 30th June 2022

We aim to inform applicants of a decision within 7 working days of the panel meeting but this depends on staff availability.

How to apply

You can apply via our Online Application Form. If you would like an offline copy of the application form, please email

For more information, please check out our FAQs at the bottom of the page. For all other enquiries, please contact

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Meet the team


Contact Us:

Eleanor Nunn

VCSE Programme Lead


Phone: 07706 221868

Mandy Groves

VCSE Warwickshire Liaison Officer


Phone: 07703 715146

Khadija Bakali 

VCSE Coventry Liaison Officer