HeadStart History

Where are we going and how will we get there? HeadStart Newham in on the road to improving the mental health of our young people.

HeadStart Newham is on a journey to improve the mental health of our young people. And we’re just getting started.

Recognising a growing need to prioritise young people’s mental health, The Big Lottery set out a plan to invest in areas with socio-economic deprivation. In 2015, Newham was selected as one of the local authorities to receive funding to pilot projects aimed at improving resilience and wellbeing in 10-16 year olds living in the borough.

The HeadStart Newham programme began to take shape as a result of testing and learning gathered during the pilot and co-production work done with our HeadStart Youth Panel. In 2016 the programme secured £10 million to fully implement the HeadStart programme in Newham.

Over the next 5 years the HeadStart team has the ambitious goal to reach every young person in Newham who could benefit from additional support to improve their mental health, resilience and wellbeing.

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