Blackpool Council

Blackpool Council

Boingboing North, which we have set up in Blackpool, was made possible by the HeadStart funding that Blackpool Council and partners, including Boingboing and the University of Brighton, have received from the Big Lottery Fund. Blackpool were one of only six areas that were successful and they now have funding for five years to really embed and develop their plans. Boingboing volunteer Carmel McKeogh was the executive lead of Blackpool’s HeadStart bid, and although she has now moved on to pastures new, she continues to volunteer for Boingboing.

Right from the start Blackpool Council has worked co-productively with their young people:
A resilient Blackpool – where young people see the difference, feel the difference and are the difference.’

They recognise that, in comparison to many other areas, they have a significantly bigger challenge ahead of them: ‘It is undeniably true that our young people need this investment more than most. If you pick any statistic which measure a problem, the chances are that Blackpool will be at the wrong end of the league table.

Boingboing’s main role in this programme is to provide a community development approach to supporting HeadStart and to help them embed our resilience ideas across the town. All this alongside supportig the development of their own HeadStart approach. We are providing training on the Resilience Framework, Resilient Therapy and the Academic Resilience Approach, followed by supervision and the development of a Community of Practice across the workforce. Our training is delivered by a team of young people, parents and other trainers, some of whom also hold professional roles such as teachers, psychologists etc. Boingboing is training and supporting a group of resilience coaches who are doing lots of work with individual young people across the programme. Boingboing North is also offering volunteering, training and apprenticeship opportunities for local people, not just young people, but their parents/carers as well. Boingboing North is also involved in developing our training portfolio more broadly and in maintaining our online shop.

You can read more about HeadStart and Boingboing North in our blog.

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The Big Lottery Fund HeadStart Programme

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