HeadStart

What is HeadStart?

It’s a partnership programme, led by Cornwall Council and funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, which develops resilience and mental wellbeing in young people.

We deliver the community strand of the programme under Your Way, focusing on preventing the onset of mental ill health.

Our offer

We’ll directly support you whether you’re a young person aged 10-16, parent, carer, volunteer or community group through our Youth and Community Facilitators.

Our Youth Facilitators will support you with your mental health and emotional wellbeing whilst our Community Facilitators will provide you with links in your community, training and advice around mental health and emotional wellbeing.

Please note: The HeadStart Kernow facilitator service in Cornwall is due to close in August 2022 and due to the average length of support offered to young people and numbers of young people already on caseload, we won’t be able to take additional young people past 15th March 2022.

Direct support

Directly supporting you with your emotional health and wellbeing

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Community Support

Providing you links with in your community

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HeadStart Kernow

Information about the wider HeadStart Kernow project

"I’ve been more happy and I’ve got someone to talk to once a week about what’s been going on and how things are changing. I’ve got someone that listens to me and understands what’s happening and it feels nice that someone actually understands me for once. HeadStart sessions have helped me to find things that make me feel happy, to make friends and to feel less anxious around people."

Tom, 13

Referral Closure

From March 15th 2022, the HeadStart Facilitator contract will no longer be able to accept referrals into the one-to-one support service, commonly known as the Youth Facilitator support.

The HeadStart Kernow facilitator service in Cornwall is due to close in August 2022 and due to the average length of support offered to young people and numbers of young people already on caseload, we won’t be able to take additional young people past this point in time.

More information

Need help now?

We are NOT an emergency or crisis service. If you need to speak to someone urgently call your GP/family doctor!

or

NHS 24/7 helpline : 0800 038 5300
Childline up to 19yrs : 0800 1111
The Samaritans: 116 123
In an emergency go to A&E or call 999

If you are concerned about the safety of a child or young person please contact the Multi-Agency Referral Unit (MARU) on 0300 123 1116 (01208 251300 out of hours), or the Police.

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