St. Luke’s Healthy Living Community Interest Company (CIC) – a brief history.
In 2004 Frank Gulley, Headteacher of Temple Sutton Primary School, conceived the
idea of a Healthy Living Centre following consultation with the residents of St. Luke’s
ward. A strong cross sector partnership was established to develop the idea further with
representatives from the community, the third sector and all the public sector agencies.
A funding bid was submitted to the Department of Health Social Enterprise Investment
Fund (SEIF) Pathfinder programme in 2007, with a very strong and clear partnership
approach. During this time St. Luke’s Healthy Living Centre Community Interest
Company (the CIC) was established – a social enterprise is a business with social aims
and any profits are reinvested into services for the local community.
The CIC was chosen as a Pathfinder (pilot) project to progress the vision of a local
Healthy Living Centre into a reality, scope services and plan the Healthy Living Centre.
Since 2008 Gareth Gault the company’s Social Enterprise Director has built strong and
fruitful links with the public, private and voluntary organisations, residents and individuals
leading to the submission of the SEIF of an additional application.
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This application for funding has been successful with £243,500
of revenue allocated to resource the CIC to develop further
The money awarded today is revenue to cover the staffing and overhead costs, for three
years, to develop the CIC business and deliver services for the community, including
St. Luke’s Community Business & Enterprise Advice service (additional staff
from Spring/Summer 2009)
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This £243,500 revenue awarded on 19/03/2009, is in addition to over £300,000 of
capital, carried forward from the SEIF pathfinder phase, which will be invested into the
funding pot to build the Healthy Living Centre.
Our partnership with NHS South East Essex has led to the establishment of a temporary
medical centre, St. Luke’s Surgery, adjacent the Temple Sutton Primary School site on
the grounds of Cumberlege Intermediate Care Centre in Pantile Avenue, which was
erected on 17th March 2009.
We are delighted that the people of this area will, from June 2009, gain the medical care
and advice which they told us they wanted in Temple Sutton’s first Extended School
Community Survey four years ago.
The project and the company have gained support and recognition at senior government
departmental and ministerial levels, and we continue to work closely with the NHS South
East Essex and Southend Borough Council, and other partners, to ensure plans for the
permanent Healthy Living Centre are progressed.
St. Luke’s Healthy Living Centre Community Interest Company (CIC) is a company limited by guarantee, registration No.
6202532 registered in England and Wales. A CIC is a legal and recognised form of Social Enterprise, for further
information on CICs please refer to the CIC Regulator http://www.cicregulator.gov.uk
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