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Cornwall awarded £8.9m from the Big Lottery

HeadStart is a Big Lottery funded project aimed at 10 to 16 year olds to bring about all of the following outcomes:

  • Young people are better able to cope in difficult circumstances and do well in school and in life
  • Building resilience helps to prevent the onset of common mental health problems
  • Learning from different approaches contributes to an evidence base for service re-design and for investment in prevention

Cornwall is one of 6 areas originally awarded £500,000,  to develop a partnership project to meet these outcomes.  Recently a further investment of £350,000 was awarded to continue to develop this work and to move the programme forward towards achieving the National HeadStart mission:

The Big Lottery Fund’s HeadStart programme aims to improve the mental well-being of at-risk* 10 to 16 year-olds by investing up to £75m in up to 12 local partnerships to facilitate and support:

  1. the implementation of a locally developed, cross-disciplinary, multi-layered and integrated prevention strategy, with the young person and their needs at its core
  2. the development of the necessary local conditions to enable that strategy to become sustainable in time
  3. the development of a more robust evidence-base around ‘what works’ in the area of mental well-being to be pro-actively shared beyond HeadStart with the aim of contributing to the national and local policy debate 

Cornwall Council is leading on the project on behalf of the HeadStart Kernow Partnership Board (HSKPB) – a multi-agency group with representation from Schools, NHS Kernow, Cornwall Partnership Foundation Trust, Public Health and the Voluntary Community Sector on behalf of the Children’s Trust Board.

The HSKPB is developing a Young People’s Board and various systems to ensure the voice of our Young People influences the shape and delivery the programme, locally and nationally. resilience and the challenge to a wider audience including senior leaders.

Watch the videos here:

Headstart Kernow video

The HSKPB is working with the Lead Young People’s Participation Group (LYPCG) to shape and deliver the project. The LYPCG have made a video to help communicate their vision and priorities for HeadStart Kernow.

Resilience video

Read the transcript for the Resilience video.

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Useful links and information

The Department for Education published some new guidance for schools  to help teachers identify bad behaviour from poor mental health. The guidance aligns closely with the outcomes of HeadStart and our proposals for the project in Cornwall to provide practitioners will the skills and tools to identify and respond to this need. You can find the guidance on the link below:

If you would like more information on HeadStart Kernow please email: headstart@cornwall.gov.uk

For further information on area assets, health and wellbeing please visit Youth Kernow and Savvy Kernow

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HeadStart Kernow

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