Newham shortlisted for prestigious Children and Young People award

31 August 2018 in Education
Newham has been recognised in Britain’s leading and most prestigious children and young people awards. Children and Young People Now have announced work in the borough to transform the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people has been shortlisted for an award.​​
​The annual CYP Now Awards are the gold standard for everyone working with children, young people and families. Now in their thirteenth year, these awards recognise those who strive day in, day out, to improve people’s lives. The HeadStart Newham Programme has been shortlisted in the Mental Health and Wellbeing Award category.

HeadStart Newham is delivered in partnership with the London Borough of Newham and funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund, working with 10-16 year olds with emerging mental health difficulties and their families.

The programme takes a holistic approach to supporting children and young people’s mental health needs by working in schools, online, in the local community and with parents.

So far it has already supported more than 1,900 young people in 14 secondary and 38 primary schools in the borough. 

Councillor Julianne Marriott, Cabinet member for education said: “We’re really excited that Headstart has been recognised for its brilliant work in Newham’s schools to support the mental health of our young people. I hope the excellent work of everyone involved will be rewarded by the judges in November.”

Sarah Benioff, Deputy Director at the Big Lottery Fund, said: “It’s brilliant to see Children and Young People Now recognising the difference HeadStart Newham is making. As part of our national HeadStart programme, the team are helping to build a picture of how to design effective support with young people at the centre. Thanks to National Lottery funding, we hope it will have a lasting impact in the local area and help to inform future approaches to early intervention and prevention.”

HeadStart Newham is up against six other finalists. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on 21 November at The Hurlingham Club in London.​