Information about Covid19:
Please read our information on how we are supporting residents and businesses, as well as information on affected services.

Headstart Kernow to receive additional investment from the National Lottery Community Fund

The future of Cornwall Council’s Headstart Kernow project, which supports the mental health of young people across Cornwall, has been secured for another year thanks to an £8.7 million funding package from The National Lottery Community Fund.

The money, which will be shared between the 6 HeadStart projects across the UK, will help them to continue delivering their existing work but with a revised focus on supporting marginalised young people to access the help they need as they respond to the increased demand following the pandemic.

Continue reading

This will include supporting young people who normally cope well but who have developed anxiety, sleep and eating pattern disruption.  There will also be increased support for young people who are in care or have witnessed domestic violence and offering resources and signposting to support.

Cabinet Member for Children and Public Health, Sally Hawken: “I am delighted that Headstart Kernow has been awarded a further years funding to maintain our excellent partnership programme in Cornwall.  Heartfelt thanks to the National Lottery Community Fund for their continued support.  This funding is testament to our strong Children and Young Peoples Mental Health Partnership and those young people who have been instrumental in its development.”

HeadStart, a five-year (2016-2021), £58.7 million programme set up by The National Lottery Community Fund, aims to explore and test new ways to improve the mental health and wellbeing of young people aged 10 to 16 and prevent serious mental health issues from developing.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists recently warned that post-lockdown we are likely to face a ‘tsunami’ of mental health problems.  Young Minds recent survey found that 83% of young people surveyed said COVID-19 has made their mental health worse.

Sally continued: “Young people across Cornwall have all had different experiences through the pandemic and this is will enable us to support those that need it most.”

HeadStart has worked with 430 schools and engaged with 131,000 young people across the six locations based in Cornwall, Blackpool, Hull, Wolverhampton, Kent and Newham.

The partnerships work closely together across England. They each have strong relationships with schools, groups and communities in their local areas, which is key to gaining young people’s trust so they can develop and grow their confidence and resilience.

Emma Ackerman, Deputy Director at The National Lottery Community Fund, said: “We are delighted to be able to give further funding to the HeadStart and Ageing Better partnerships in England thanks to support from National Lottery players.

“This extra money comes at a critical time, as we’re aware that there will be people living with the after effects of the COVID crisis. The funding recognises and supports the long-term nature of these programmes, ensuring that National Lottery money will support both the younger generation with their mental health, and prevent loneliness amongst older people to keep them healthy and connected.”

Thanks to National Lottery players, £30 million is raised every week for the UK’s good causes, and £41 billion has been distributed to 565,000 good causes across the UK since 1994.