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Headstart Kernow

HeadStart Kernow is a Cornwall Council-led Big Lottery-funded partnership programme to build the resilience and mental well-being of young people aged 10 – 16 who have asked us to ensure that:

  • ‘We can understand our own thoughts and emotions and can talk openly when we need help’
  • ‘People around us know the signs and know what to do when we are struggling.’
  • ‘Help is reliable and consistent; we will know who we can trust to help us to help ourselves.’
  • ‘We are helped to cope with the pressures of life, including online.’
  • We learn and share what we have learnt.

The HeadStart Kernow vision is that ‘the emotional wellbeing and mental health of all children and young people is improved because they can easily access the right support when they need it’. We want to ‘equip young people to be able to cope better with difficult circumstances in their lives, so as to prevent them experiencing common mental health problems before they become serious issues.’ 

HeadStart Kernow is:

  • co-produced with young people who inform and influence it and are key stakeholders;
  • universal, and about prevention with targeted support;
  • a ‘Test and Learn’ programme;
  • striving to achieve system change;
  • doing things differently – we embrace new and innovative ways of thinking and working, and people are at the forefront of what we do.


Who to contact

Contact name
Richard Head
Contact position
Programme Lead
01872 326 345

Where to go

County Hall

Time / date details

Time of day

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Age ranges
From 10 years to 16 years
Referral required

Last updated: 24/10/2017

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