A huge challenge from the start was the funding of our activities. We were launched with £1,000 from the Practice. In subsequent years we obtained grants from the Primary Care Group and its successor the Primary Care Trust, and the Community Empowerment Network. This required considerable effort on our part and we held a workshop in 2006 to share our experience with other recently established patient groups. This led to our successfully fronting an application on the part of four groups to the PCT Charitable Trust Fund.
There is now uncertainty for further funding and this may prove to be our next major challenge.