Breathe Easy group changes FAQ

Find out more information about changes to our Breathe Easy groups

This FAQ goes into detail about the upcoming changes to our Breathe Easy groups

What happens next?

If your group would like to be one of the first to choose one of the models, get in touch with your group support officer. If not, we’ll get in touch with you.

When will my group have to decide?

We plan to start the process in September and for all groups to follow one of the three models by September 2020. Groups will have the opportunity to meet us to discuss the options and criteria to help them decide at a pace that suits them. We’ll send you a support pack of information to help you decide.

How will the process work?

Your group support officer will arrange a meeting with you to discuss the options and answer your questions. After this, you choose, and the team will support you during the changes.

When will the support packs of information be ready?

These packs will be available by the end of August.

What support will my group get?

The Liverpool team will support each group through the transition. For integrated groups, we’ll support volunteers and arrange the transfer to a managed bank account. For affiliated groups, we’ll give you guidance on opening a bank account, setting up as a charity and grant applications.

Will groups be able to use the BLF charity number?

Only integrated groups will continue to use the charity number. If affiliated groups need a charity number, we will guide them in setting this up. You will only need a charity number if your group’s income is over £5,000 a year.

How will public liability insurance work?

The BLF will continue to provide public liability insurance for integrated groups and affiliated groups. Affiliated groups will need to complete an annual review as part of the affiliation agreement.

What about our finances?

We will explain the ins-and-outs of how your finances will work at your meeting with a member of our team.

When will the online learning and support hub be ready?

We aim to develop the hub during 2019. We’ll consult groups about its content.

How do we find out more?

Give the team a call on 0300 3030 253 or email [email protected]