Information about HeadStart Blackpool

In 2016 HeadStart was awarded £10 million to support the building of resilience in young people aged 10-16 across Blackpool. 

The new funding will enable us to develop a whole town approach to build resilience in our young people and families across Blackpool.

Building resilience will help people deal with the everyday pressures they may face throughout their lives, as well as how to help each other.

HeadStart Blackpool aims to make changes through schools, families and within communities and has been designed with young people from the start. 

We have 4 key strands of action in HeadStart:

  1. Developing a whole systems change across Blackpool
  2. Developing youth voice and activism 
  3. Providing direct support for those who need it most
  4. Embedding a resilience approach across the whole workforce

What is resilience 

Resilience has many definitions, but to us it is about supporting people to beat the odds, whilst changing the odds. Beating the odds means we believe, with a little guidance, anybody can bounce forward through tough times. Changing the odds is about making Blackpool a more resilient town to live in. 

If you want to find out more about resilience please refer to the BoingBoing website.


One of the fundamentals of HeadStart is the collaboration between staff, young people, parents and organisations. This is called co-production.

This offers people of all ages the chance to have their say on important issues in a number of different ways. This gets young people involved and gives them the chance to speak out whilst also giving them the opportunity to go out and make a difference. We believe co-production will lead to empowerment in schools and across communities.

Co-production is about making a difference, exciting opportunities, learning new skills and increasing confidence. Here at HeadStart Blackpool we are working extremely closely with schools to give pupils a voice and help to develop resilience in their school.

If you’re working with a young person who you believe will benefit from getting involved, then we would love to hear from you.

Some of our young people have been on interview panels, travelled around the world and have spread the resilience approach across schools and communities.

If you want to volunteer, find out more information or get involved with HeadStart Blackpool please contact Jess.