GWR grant to support mental health and wellbeing of young people in Cornwall

The Headstart Kernow Young People’s Mental Wellbeing Legacy Fund that we run in partnership with Headstart Kernow and Cornwall Council is to receive a slice of a £20,000 grant from Great Western Railway.

As part of GWR’s franchise agreement with the Department for Transport, the train operator is committed to supporting community and not-for-profit organisations.

We will use this funding to support its partnership with Headstart Kernow on a new programme enabling young people to access grants to support mental wellbeing.

CCF chief executive Tamas Haydu said: “The Headstart Kernow grant programme is open to local community groups, projects and individuals via referral agencies, to promote resilience and the emotional health and mental wellbeing of children and young people aged 10-16.

He continues, “What makes this programme unique is that it is led and shaped by young people with the necessary support, training and guidance. Young people have the opportunity to be involved from start to finish and we are thrilled there will be a young people’s panel making decisions on applications.”

Examples of projects the fund will support include taking on a new hobby or sport, learning something new, accessing green spaces and meeting people through group activity.

GWR Community Manager Emma Morris said, “We have a specific pot of money designed to support community and not-for-profit organisations. Previous beneficiaries of the Headstart Kernow programme have reported improved mental health and wellbeing and improved skills and opportunities, so we’re delighted to provide this funding.”

To find out more about Headstart Kernow, click here.

Apply for Headstart funding, here.