Back in November 2013, The Big Lottery Fund contacted Cornwall Council with an invitation to be part of the HeadStart programme. The funding is intended to help equip young people (aged 10 to 14) to deal better with difficult circumstances in their lives, so as to prevent them experiencing common mental health problems.
- Cornwall is 1 of 12 geographical areas selected to deliver an initial project up to £500k (delivery between August 2014 to August 2015) with an additional £10k available to support the development of the project proposal.
- Up to £10m will be available to develop the initial project into a full project, 5 to 6 areas from the initial 12 (competitive bidding process) will be selected to deliver their projects from August 2015 to August 2020.
The timescales for submitting the stage one bid submission is tight (17th January 2014) and so Cornwall Children’s Trust Board agreed to Cornwall Council leading / coordinating the stage one partnership submission. The stage one submission has now been submitted.
Stage one sets out the partnership vision for HeadStart Kernow with the detail to be established as part of the next stage of the programme. We have drawn on the depth of experience across the partnership & the range of evidence available to us to develop the vision for the project. At the heart of the partnership & project is our commitment to placing young people at the centre & a determination to improving ways of working now & in the future.
It is the intention that the project will:
- Consolidate, evaluate and improve the spectrum of existing provision. To ensure there are accessible, consistent & high quality interventions across Cornwall, that make the most effective use of intelligent targeting of resources and what already works.
- Provide opportunities through the delivery of a range of interventions, addressing a spectrum of needs using evidenced based approaches that build resilience & prevent issues escalating. Listening & learning as we go, to what works, and what else is needed.
- Prepare for the future, making sure we have the infrastructure, the skills and the learning in place to continue to design and deliver high quality proven interventions that will make the most impact.
Through the project we want to see the following outcomes & benefits:
- Prevent young people aged 10 – 14 developing diagnosable conditions by intervening early with evidenced based approaches, improving support & intervention in school, in the community & at home
- Build the resilience of young people aged 10-14 by reducing risk factors, providing interventions at key turning points & targeting intelligently those most vulnerable
- Improve & develop new pathways to preventative services by using tailored approaches, taking into account new technologies and making better connections
- Ensuring the voices of young people are heard in service design & delivery, and that approaches are evaluated, shared and learning shared to maximise impact.
This is a really exciting programme which will help address the many imbalances in children’s mental health services. The website: www.cornwall.gov.uk/headstart