HeadStart Kernow is a Big Lottery funded partnership programme which aims to develop resilience and mental well-being in young people.
Evidence shows that half of diagnosed lifetime mental ill-health cases begin before the age of 14. 75% begin before the age of 18. HeadStart Kernow therefore focuses on young people aged 10 – 16 and co-produce the programme with them to embrace new ways of thinking and working to achieve system change.
Young people want HeadStart Kernow to ensure that:
- They can understand our own thoughts and emotions and can talk openly when they need help.
- People around us know the signs and know what to do when they are struggling.
- Help is reliable and consistent; they will know who they can trust to help them to help themselves.
- They are helped to cope with the pressures of life and can share what they have learnt.
Cornwall Council is leading the programme together with partner organisations from health, police, schools, voluntary sector, SW Grid for Learning and Plymouth University. The partnership works with the HeadStart Young People’s Board to ensure young people are directly involved in its delivery and that there is a good understanding of what works for them
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For more help with mental wellbeing check out the Mind Your Way website
Cornwall is one of six Big Lottery-funded Headstart areas which aim to improve the mental well-being of 10 to 16 year-olds. The partnerships aim to implement locally-developed, cross-disciplinary, multi-layered and integrated prevention strategy, centred on young people. They work to embed that strategy so it is sustainable and also gather robust evidence over what works to contribute to local and national policy debate.
Headstart Kernow fits in with Cornwall Council’s Education Strategy and One Vision. It also aligns with guidance for schools from the Department of Education to help teachers identify bad behaviour from poor mental health and the council’s school workforce training scheme is providing practitioners with the skills and tools to identify and respond to this need.
Find out more here:
- Cornwall Education Strategy
- CAMHS Transformation Plan ‘Turning the Tide’
- CAMHS Needs Assessment
- Cornwall’s Early Help Strategy
The Big Lottery ensures money raised by players of The National Lottery helps communities to achieve their ambitions and thrive. It does this by awarding grants, bringing communities together, and sharing what it learns with communities, other funders and the government.
The Big Lottery Fund funds projects and activities that make communities stronger and more vibrant, and that are led by the people who live in them.
It supports charities, community groups, and people with great ideas – local or national, large or small. Is also brings people and groups together: to share experiences, learn from each other and try new ways of working.
In 2016/17 it awarded over £700 million, including 10,000 grants under £10,000
One Vision sets the foundation for which Cornwall Council will shape the future integration of education, health and social care services for children, young people and their families in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. It’s an ambitious plan but by bringing together all of the people and services that work with and support children and young people it is hoped they can break down the barriers that distract them from achieving their principle for each and every child and young person to be safe, healthy and have equal chances in accessing all available opportunities to achieve brighter futures.
There are five priority outcomes:
- Strengthening families and communities
- Promoting and protecting children’s physical, emotional and mental health
- Helping and protecting children from the risk of harm
- Raising the aspiration and achievement of children and young people towards economic wellbeing
- Making a positive contribution to the community
Read the One Vision Partnership Plan here
Find out more about One Vision here