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HeadStart Kent

The Big Lottery Fund has awarded Kent County Council £9.98 million to support young people's emotional wellbeing and resilience over the next 5 years, following a successful pilot trial in Kent for the last 2 years. HeadStart Kent is part of Early Help and Preventative Services which aims to help young people cope better when faced with difficult circumstances in their lives, preventing them from experiencing common mental health problems.

KCC is one of only six authorities to receive this additional funding, which recognises the success of HeadStart Kent so far. The new funding will enable us to provide an approach that supports young people to develop their own resilience to cope with the everyday pressures they may face throughout their lives, as well as how to help each other. HeadStart Kent aims to make changes through schools, families and within communities and has been designed with young people at its heart. HeadStart Kent directly delivers towards KCC’s strategic outcome ‘Children and young people in Kent get the best start in life’ , in particular by:

  • creating resilient and strong communities to raise young people
  • children and young people have better physical and mental health.

The new phase will start in Swale and Gravesham and, over the next five years, HeadStart Kent will deliver within groupings across nine districts. Find out more about HeadStart Kent in this short video:

For more detail of HeadStart Kent's ambitions for the next 5 years, please see this summary document (PDF, 1.3 MB).

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For up to date documents, links and videos please see our HeadStart Documents page.

For more information about HeadStart Coproduction and young people's opportunities, see the HeadStart Coproduction page.

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Email or follow @HeadStartKent on Twitter.