Our History

2015

Foundations

Bromley has a history of strong third sector and cross sector partnership working. The seed – for what became ‘Bromley Third Sector Enterprise’ – was a lottery funded information and advice partnership initiated by the local Age UK.

BTSE was formed in 2015 when 5 large local charities and 12 Associate Member charities came together under a Memorandum of Understanding to provide co-ordinated third sector support to local Integrated Care Networks (ICNs).

BTSE was soon seen as a key provider organisation within the Bromley ICNs.

Joint funding began in 2016 for

  • Care Navigation services led by Age UK Bromley & Greenwich
  • Dementia Support Hub led by Bromley, Lewisham & Greenwich Mind
  • Connect Well Bromley, a ‘social prescribing’ database led by Community Links Bromley.

2016

Joint Funding Begins

Joint funding began in 2016 for:

  • Care Navigation services led by Age UK Bromley & Greenwich
  • Dementia Support Hub led by Bromley, Lewisham & Greenwich Mind
  • Connect Well Bromley, a ‘social prescribing’ database led by Community Links Bromley.

2017

Strengthening BTSE as a “formal” provider

During 2017 we strengthened our partnership by registering as a community interest company (CIC).

August, 2017

Signing the Bromley Well contract

2017 was also the year Bromley Council and NHS South East London Clinical Commissioning Group (Bromley) selected BTSE as the preferred provider for one, large contract to deliver primary and secondary intervention services – to be known as Bromley Well.

In August 2017, this contract was formally awarded to BTSE and the new service – called Bromley Well – went live on 2 October 2017.

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Growing network, building services

Our original 5 partner charities continue to strengthen working relationships at every level and during these 3 years, we welcomed a further 44 not for profit organisations working alongside us as Associate Members.

We focussed on developing, mobilising and implementing the new Bromley Well services. This has involved immense efforts to embed the services with partner organisations as well as raise awareness across Bromley’s diverse communities.

2020 onwards

In November 2020 we became a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) following a year long development programme supported by Pilotlight.

This has enabled us to strengthen our governance as well as opening up potential for different funding and work streams.

We welcomed a new Board of Trustees to guide our future work.

And are delighted to be working with 56 Associate Members in the charity and voluntary sector as well as the original 5, founding charities.

Going forward

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on our work and meant a further strengthening of our working relationships at all levels – from frontline to strategic longer term planning – and across all sectors.

We have built a strong external reputation by being both assertive and proud of the services that we can and do offer.

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