Public Health Project

Liverpool Community Mental Health Programme - The Life Rooms VCSE Micro-Commissioning Programme

Public Health Liverpool and The Life Rooms have developed a pilot for a community based mental health prevention offer to support individuals and communities post COVID-19 pandemic.

The pilot will offer help and support for all ages and will be family orientated and has been funded and shaped in partnership with Liverpool City Council Public Health Department using fixed term funds allocated to Liverpool to help manage the impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The programme will be evaluated and the findings will help inform future strategic and commissioning intentions.

The Life Rooms will participate in the pilot by providing:

  • A peripatetic social prescribing service delivered by Pathway Advisors through drop-in appointments, phone and virtual access from community libraries and children’s centres across the city.
  • A learning provision delivered by Learning Facilitators aimed specifically at children’s centre staff to increase their confidence to undertake supportive conversations about mental health and wellbeing.
  • An employment support provision delivered by Employment Advisors that helps to support individuals into volunteering opportunities and/or paid employment to support people to remain in their jobs.
  • Research and evaluation of the pilot undertaken by a Research Lead and three Research Assistants.
  • A £700k fund to develop a series of micro-commissioned projects with VCSE organisations that are designed to support the outcomes of the Life Rooms Public Health Programme.

Supporting information

Please read the Commission Information Guide before applying as this includes overview, who can apply, proposal criteria and priority areas. 

To apply

Please click on the link below to complete an expression of interest form if the commission would be useful to your organisation. 

The Life Rooms VCSE Micro-Commissioning Programme Survey (

Please note that the form may not open using the Internet Explorer browser and should be viewed in either Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome. We recognise as a Trust that not all the governance documents will be applicable to each organisation – in particular CQC Registration - this can be discussed jointly at the contracting stage.

Due to changes in contracts process the Monitor Licence is no longer a requirement. If this is impeding you from uploading the form then we encourage you to note on the form as being able to provide all non-applicable governance documentation. This will allow you to submit the form and we will discuss individual organisation’s governance requirements at the contracting stage. It will not be seen as an attempt to mislead the commissioning group and we apologise for the confusion. Thank you for your understanding in this matter.

Please note the deadline to submit expressions of interest is Monday 31 January.

For more information about the commission fund view our Q&A webinar held on Friday 14 January:


Thank you for your interest.

For further queries please email