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2 Feb 2023 / 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm

What’s your problem 2023: Problem Pick-up

The Bluecoat,
8 School Lane, Liverpool
L1 3BX (see map)


‘What’s your problem?’ is a three-part programme offering an opportunity to access seed funding for ideas that can make real change.

Here in the Liverpool City Region, we’re no strangers to challenging the status quo. Throughout history, our region’s motivation to change things for the better has made us stand out from the crowd; we see a problem and we pull together to solve it, especially when it comes to improving the quality of people’s lives.

At present our region has a few big problems at hand – challenges that cannot be solved by one sector alone. At the Civic Data Cooperative, we want to work with a range of people and organisations to lift the lid on these challenges, hear different perspectives and find new ways to address them.

Back for its second year, for 2023 What’s Your Problem will be focusing on the region’s growing mental health crisis, taking a closer look at men and students. There is so much going on in our region to support people, however, insight shows the gaps, the disconnects and the scale of the issues impacting local people every day.

‘What’s your problem?’ is a three-part programme offering an opportunity to access up to £60k seed funding for ideas that can make real change. Those who participate will be invited to a series of events which create space to pick apart the problems, gather people around them and light the spark for ideas that create new possibilities for people in mental health crisis.

We want to use the collaborative energy of the LCR for the greater good. This isn’t just about new introductions, or networking but transforming how we approach the region’s biggest problems – we don’t want to just open doors between sectors; we want to take them off the hinges.

This first event isn’t your traditional launch or problem hack session. Sure, it comes from a place of challenging thinking and inspiring creativity, but its main purpose is to start with the problem, getting under the skin and into the detail. It’s about listening to what people with lived experience, front-line public sector workers and innovators (businesses and the voluntary sector) know, feel and understand about the lives of men and students on the edge of mental health crisis.

​We want to take time to ask the big questions of those in the know, to help us better understand the opportunities that come from these problems and how these fit with the barriers innovators are facing (whether that’s adoption, integration, or growth).

Register here