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Big Lottery Bid Success: HeadStart Wolverhampton awarded £8.8 million over five years to develop services and programmes for young people

(published: Wednesday 20th July, 2016)

In February of this year, HeadStart Wolverhampton submitted a bid to The Big Lottery Fund for additional funding to support expanded HeadStart programmes working across the city.

We are absolutely delighted to be able to announce today that The Big Lottery have chosen to fund our proposals in full and that £8.8 million will be coming into Wolverhampton over the next 5 years to support work with young people, and with the professionals who impact upon their lives. Six areas around the UK have been funded by The Big Lottery Fund to provide HeadStart programmes, and we are so, so, pleased that Wolverhampton is one of those areas.

Councillor Val Gibson with a group of Wolverhampton HeadStarters

Councillor Val Gibson with a group of Wolverhampton HeadStarters

This news is a key milestone for the HeadStart programme in Wolverhampton. It marks both the end of the pilot phase of HeadStart, and the beginning of a new, expanded HeadStart programme that will reach out to young people across the city. The HeadStart team, school leaders and professionals, and a wide range of wonderful community organisations, have worked incredibly hard over the last two years to pilot and evaluate new programmes and projects in the community and schools. Now, however, the hard work really begins.

Before we look ahead to our plans and proposals for the next five years let's rewind the clock, and look back upon the journey of HeadStart from 2014 to 2016.

Viv Griffin and Kevin Pace react to news of Wolverhampton's HeadStart bid success

I’m thrilled that HeadStart Wolverhampton has been awarded additional funding ... thrilled, but not surprised. I saw the phenomenal amount of work that went into the bid.
— Paul McGee, www.thesumoguy.com
Getting Ahead students in their self-designed positive message T-shirts

Getting Ahead students in their self-designed positive message T-shirts