Key partner information
‘Resilience Revolution’ is the name of the project through which the HeadStart Blackpool Lottery funds will be deployed.
Resilience has many definitions, but to ‘Resilience Revolution’ it is about supporting people to beat the odds, whilst changing the odds. It is about the cumulative effect of systems. Systems-based resilience involves internal and external factors that contribute to an individual’s or community’s capacity to positively respond to adversity. The partners found over the years that most people are interested in resilience and are doing lots of resilient building work already – they just might not have called it that before. The partners also believe that, with a little guidance and support, anybody can bounce forward through tough times.
HeadStart is a seven-year, £75 million National Lottery funded programme set-up by Big Lottery Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK. It aims to build the emotional resilience and wellbeing of young people aged 10 to 16 and prevent serious mental health issues before they develop.
Six local authority-led HeadStart partnerships in Blackpool, Cornwall, Hull, Kent, Newham and Wolverhampton are working with local schools, families, charities, community and public services to make young people’s mental wellbeing everybody’s business.
Boingboing Blackpool is an extension of Brighton’s own long-standing Boingboing social enterprise and network, and was set up with funding from the Big Lottery Fund’s HeadStart programme. Founded by University of Brighton academics from the Centre of Resilience for Social Justice, together with associate members and community partners, it provides an interface between scholarly, academic practice and community needs. The new Blackpool equivalent will be part of the ‘Resilience Revolution’ partnership. Boingboing members have developed practical ways to build resilience for schools and local communities. Their Resilient Therapy and Academic Resilience Approaches are available free to download from www.boingboing.org.uk.
The University of Brighton’s Centre of Resilience for Social Justice works directly through its related social enterprise and network, 'Boingboing', to tackle disadvantage and bring genuine change to people's lives around the world. Its member researchers cross the fields of healthcare, sociology, media studies and arts practices and include academics, social workers, teachers, experts through experience and service users.
Blackpool is a quirky town, well-known and well-visited. Yet it is impossible to live in Blackpool untouched by the problems of being a booming seaside resort for 8 months of the year, and the poverty which surfaces when the tourists leave in winter. The town, the most deprived in England (DCLG Indices of Deprivation 2015), and at the very bottom of league tables for income, employment, skills, educational attainment, mental and physical health, seems to offer few advantages and little cause for optimism to those seeking a bright future. And yet, there are rich and underused assets to build on, crucial to realising the benefits of the HeadStart investment.
The tender for evaluating Resilience Revolution was given to the Centre of Resilience for Social Justice led by Dr Josh Cameron with Dr Suna Eryigit-Madzwamuse, Prof Phil Haynes, Dr Becky Heaver and Dr Carl Walker. It will be a 4 year collaborative mixed methods project to research the effectiveness of Blackpool Council's Lottery funded Headstart programme which they are using to bring about a 'Resilience Revolution' to support the wellbeing and education of children and young people in Blackpool.