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Together, helping young people bounce back

11 December 2014

Experts in young people’s mental health get together to support our HeadStart projects.

Raynal Somiah from YoungMinds tells us more about what they hope to achieve…

Group of young people looking at cards

HeadStart Blackpool residential training session

YoungMinds in partnership with boingboing / University of Brighton and Achievement for All are excited to be working with the Big Lottery Fund and local area partnerships in what could be ground breaking and revolutionary work.

Collectively we form the HeadStart Support and Development consortium. We bring a wealth of experience around children and young people’s mental health, resilience, commissioning support, systems planning and change, and in depth work with schools.

Using our expertise and experience, we will support and challenge the local partnerships to:

  • achieve positive change for young people and their families
  • strengthen their partnership working and delivery
  • develop bids for further investment in stage three of HeadStart
  • develop sustainable whole system approaches to building resilience.

Each local partnership has been appointed a HeadStart Advisor who will coach and support; offering development opportunities for individuals and partnerships.

Group of young boys working  with an adult

Getting everyone involved!

We want to make sure young people’s ideas and experiences are shaping this exciting programme. We are bringing together a network of young people with an interest in resilience and mental health to become a ‘HeadStarter’. HeadStarters will work with us, the local partnerships and their young people; making a valuable contribution our work.

Our first important task is to hold a review workshop with each local partnership. This is an opportunity to take stock of progress so far and reflect on future areas for development. We will also be exploring how the partnerships are doing against our specially developed self-assessment framework. The framework describes our expert view on ‘what good looks like’ in approaches to building resilience for vulnerable young people. It is based on the existing evidence, experience and practice we hold across our consortium. Throughout the programme we will be returning to this framework as a benchmark against which partnerships will be challenged and supported to develop through our support.

For more information please visit www.youngminds.org.uk

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