Massive Funding Boost for Middlesbrough

MIDDLESBROUGH is celebrating after landing a major £500,000 funding boost from the Big Lottery Fund. The grant will enable the next phase of the Headstart programme to equip young people aged 10 to 14 for the journey into adult life. Middlesbrough has been selected by the Big Lottery Fund as one of 10 areas to develop proposals in the second stage of project worth a total of more than £60 million. The investment programme is aimed at testing out new ways of building resilience in young people through all-round support and activities in and out of school, working with families, community groups and the voluntary sector. Stage 3 will see Headstart Middlesbrough in the running for up to £10 million of Big Lottery Fund cash to develop the full project. Key elements of the initiative include involving young people and their families in the design and delivery of services, and helping to prevent mental health problems and promote well-being. Initially the funding will facilitate the development of an evidence base for prevention, early intervention and service redesign. The programme will unite organisations across Middlesbrough to improve access to services and the way they are delivered, with the use of digital technology at the heart of its development. Over the next 18 months work with Unity City Academy and Acklam Grange School and their feeder primary schools, families and local communities will develop new and improved ways of addressing the needs of their pupils. Middlesbrough Council’s External Funding Manager Wendy Kelly said: “This is fantastic – Headstart will make a massive difference to the lives of a great many young people and their families.” Councillor Brenda Thompson, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Supporting Communities, said: “This award from the Big Lottery Fund is yet another step forward in developing the sort of facilities and services our young people tell us they want. “The Headstart programme will build on existing provision to ensure young people have the support they need when they need it most. “I look forward to following the progress of Headstart as it helps create strong foundations and prepares our young people for life’s challenges.”  

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