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Headstart Kernow Youth
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Headstart Kernow is a partnership programme to develop resilience and mental well-being in young people aged 10-16. It is Cornwall Council-led and Big Lottery-funded.

The Headstart Kernow Youth  Board has been central to the development and decision making of Headstart Kernow. The Board is drawn from young people from all over Cornwall.  Some of them are proud to identify themselves as having been beneficiaries of Headstart Kernow support.

Any young person aged 10-16 is welcome to join the board and take part in our activities. We combine getting your voice heard about issues that matter to young people with fun activities and social events. By coming along we hope you will make new friends and have a real impact upon your own emotional wellbeing (and that of other young people throughout Cornwall).

We have some terrific projects that 10 - 16-year-olds can get involved in including:

#YOUthInMind - our film project with Pirate FM - where you get to call the shots!

Call to action!

We want to hear from and work closely with young people aged 10 - 16 so if you are a young person who would like to be involved, do get in touch.

You can get involved as little or as much as you like. If you don't feel comfortable coming to meetings, but still want to contribute, that is also possible. We have our own secure, private social network that you can join and take part in, or you can just contribute via our social media. Get in touch and tell us how we can best support you to have your say.

Who to contact

Contact name
Kate Pordage
Contact position
Headstart Kernow Working Together Team
01872 326322

Other details


Age ranges
From 10 years to 16 years
Referral required

Inclusion details

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How we make our service inclusive

Many of our events and activities can be adapted to meet the needs of young people with physical disabilities.. Our approach is flexible to meet the needs of the individual. We can meet with young people before beforehand to help with reducing any anxiety young people may have.

Staff SEND experience

Our team have experience and training in working with young people with additional needs. Staff are able to adapt their approach to meet individual needs.

How our service supports providers / schools / colleges

Where relevant we work closely with schools and other settings to meet the needs of the young people.

Support at key transition points

We work with young people aged 10-16. Transition is a key part of our wider Headstart Kernow work. When young people finish their time with us we hold celebration events to share and celebrate their progress and achievements.

Other local or national support

We signpost young people and families to other support within the Headstart Kernow programme (including 1:1 support) and other services as appropriate.

Resolving disagreements, mediation and making complaints

We will always work to resolve difficulties in a timely, positive and constructive way.

Last updated: 01/04/2019

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