Topic:  HeadStart Newham resilience building programme – Holly Jones

Resources: You can download Holly’s slides.

Session Summary: HeadStart Newham is a resilience building programme funded by the BIG Lottery. Over the past year we have been testing and evaluating an evidence informed system wide approach to promoting the resilience of vulnerable young people in the borough in order to improve mental health and broader outcomes. The HeadStart programme is made up of a number of activities which we will describe to forum attendees as well as set out some of the early outcomes and key points of learning.

One of our activities within the programme is ‘Bounce Back Newham’, a resilience behaviour change workbook and online resource based on the principles of the resilience framework developed by Angie Hart and colleagues. Working with the Young Foundation and young people across the borough we have developed ‘Bounce Back Newham’ as a resource which can be delivered in schools or accessed independently by young people. We have piloted the resources in five Newham schools and have received positive feedback but are looking to further develop and improve the materials with support from young people and consultation with this resilience forum.

We are interested to hear feedback from Resilience Forum members about the resource and how it could be improved. You can access the online Bounce Back Newham Resource on the website ahead of the session.

Biography: Holly Jones is the HeadStart Newham Programme Manager who has been managing the development and implementation of the Programme since September 2015. Holly has joined the London Borough of Newham Council on Secondment from the Department for Education where her most recent post was Private Secretary to Edward Timpson, the Minister for Children and Families. Prior to working at the DfE Holly worked at the British Red Cross and a number of smaller charities.

Who might be most interested: Practitioners, researchers, students, parents, carers, community workers, volunteers, public sector workers, young people.

This session took place on Tuesday 17 May 2016.

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