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Minds Matter: Newham children now benefiting from £10 million mental health grant

PUBLISHED: 07:00 30 November 2016

Cllr Quintin Peppiatt, cabinet member for children and young people, announced the new funding in July

Cllr Quintin Peppiatt, cabinet member for children and young people, announced the new funding in July

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A £10million initiative to support young people’s mental wellbeing is being rolled out in schools across the borough.

The HeadStart initiative, led by Newham Council, will enable children aged between 10 and 16 to receive “effective support from their school, teachers, parents and peers”.

Since starting in September, the five-year project has helped 250 pupils at eight secondary schools and 20 primary schools.

Specialist teachers have begun providing training and support to schools on how to identify and help students in building their emotional resilience.

Youth practitioners are also supporting pupils in secondary schools to develop social action projects and be trained up as “peer mentors”.

Meanwhile, primary pupils are being helped with the transition to secondary schools.

Headstart is one of six projects backed by the Big Lottery Fund, which is investing £54 million in aiding mental wellbeing.

Funding was announced back in July by Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, Cllr Rev Quintin Peppiatt.


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