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Newham HeadStart Partnership wins Big Lottery funding

Newham HeadStart Partnership wins Big Lottery funding
03 October 2014

A new mental health project in Newham will help school pupils in London to deal with their problems and worries after receiving a £500,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund’s £75m HeadStart programme.

The development funding means that young people in Newham will take part in a pilot project over the next year, one of 12 projects across England. The local partnership will use this pilot to work up long term plans that could benefit from a multi-million pound share of HeadStart funding. (Read the full Big Lottery press release)

The project in Newham will develop, pilot and evaluate a three pronged system approach to promoting emotional resilience in 19,500 10-14 year olds. This is:

  • Development of a multi-disciplinary school based team which will build the capacity of school staff, parents and young people themselves to promote positive mental health.
  • An anti-stigma campaign which will raise awareness and provide advice and support to young people and their parents
  • Development of  increased opportunities to become involved in volunteering

There is a great need for preventative interventions to reduce mental illness and its wider effects in Newham which, has the second highest estimated prevalence of adolescent mental disorder in London.

Marcia Samuels, Chief Executive of New Choice for Youth and the Chair of the HeadStart Partnership Board in Newham, said:

"Many young people in Newham face challenges in their day to day life, in their relationships with friends, parents, siblings, at school or in the community, challenges which can have a negative impact on their development and progress through life. 

"Newham HeadStart's dream is that all 10-14 year olds are surrounded by people, support and activities which strengthen them and empower them to deal with whatever life throws at them.  We can only achieve this if all of us including young people, parents, teachers, youth and mental health workers work together. 

"Thank you Big Lottery for giving Newham a chance to make this dream a reality!”

UCLPartners has actively supported partners in Newham including (London Borough of Newham, Newham CCG, Newham Educational psychology service, Newham CAMHS, Newham schools, Newham Asian Women’s Project, NCY, Community Links) to develop the bid for the HeadStart Big Lottery funding.

Following the pilot, the partnership will apply for up to £10 million to allow the pilot to be rolled out across Newham in Years 2-5.

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