Headstart Programme

Posted on Jan 29, 2015

We are absolutely thrilled to begin delivering our music workshops for Wolverhampton’s exciting and innovative Headstart Programme.

Yesterday’s first workshop was held at Holy Trinity Primary School and a fantastic day was had by all the pupils and staff that took part. The finished track will be made available via the Headstart website (http://www.headstart.fm/) and we cannot wait to deliver more of these workshops throughout the City.

Wolverhampton is one of 12 partnerships across the UK who were successful in securing £500,000 from Big Lottery to run a series of pilot programmes to test new new ways of supporting children and young people aged 10-14 to be more resilient.

The Big Lottery’s ultimate aims for HeadStart are to equip young people better to prevent mental health problems occurring in the first place, and to build the evidence for service redesigned investment in prevention, based on the following drivers:

- Young people are better able to cope in difficult circumstances and to do well in life
- Building resilience helps to prevent the onset of common mental health problems
- Learning from divergent approaches contributes to an evidence base for service redesign and evidence in prevention

To meet these aims there are 4 key focus areas. A young person’s:
- Experiences at school: The school environment plays an important role in supporting young people to cope with difficult circumstances and offers the opportunity to work with lots of young people in one setting.
- Ability to access community services: Connecting young people with community services will not only make it easier for them to get support, but also helps those services know what is needed and improve in the future.
- Home life and relationships with their family: The relationships that young people have at home play a key role in how they develop relationships with others.
- Use of digital technology: The increased use of digital technology can influence young people in both a positive and negative way and can help to capture evidence and learning as well as providing access to services.