The Big Lottery Fund HeadStart Programme

The Big Lottery Fund HeadStart Programme

The Big Lottery funded HeadStart Programme gave 12 local authorities some money to pilot different approaches to supporting young people to cope with difficult circumstances and prevent common mental health problems before they become serious.

The focus of HeadStart is on ‘…locally developed, cross-disciplinary, multi-layered and integrated prevention strategy.’ They were really keen that areas thought through the sustainability of their initiatives and that they worked from, and contributed to, the development of a robust evidence base around ‘what works’ – all the kind of stuff that Boingboing gets excited about. Each area has to plan to work at different levels, including some provision for all children aged between 10 and 16 years, and some for more targetted groups of young people.

Boingboing provided lots of input during Phase 2 of the project and a lot of the areas used the Resilience Framework in their plans and activities. Now in Phase 3, Boingboing receives funding to support HeadStart Blackpool to implement their resilience programme to support the young people of Blackpool.

School of Health Sciences, University of Brighton

School of Health Sciences, University of Brighton

We are as close as a separate organisation can be to the University of Brighton, especially the School of Health Sciences. It really helps our community-university partnership working to have so many people with multiple ‘hats’ or identities, dancing cheek to cheek, so to speak.

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Blackpool Council

Blackpool Council

Boingboing Blackpool is a really exciting new development that is now well underway. Blackpool were one of only 6 areas that were successful in bidding for HeadStart funding from the Big Lottery Fund, and they now have funding for 5 years to really embed and develop their plans.

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Newport Mind

Newport Mind

We provide training to Newport Mind on resilience and provide supervision to their family workers. Newport Mind is an active partner on many of our joint research projects with the University of Brighton, including the Imagine Programme and our Q-Sort Project.

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ESRC – Economic and Social Research Council

ESRC – Economic and Social Research Council

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is the UK’s largest organisation for funding research on economic and social issues. It supports independent, high quality research which has an impact on business, the public sector and the third sector.

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YoungMinds Charity

YoungMinds Charity

YoungMinds is a charity who are committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. They have adopted our Academic Resilience Approach and provide training through their own train the trainer model.

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