Visit to see Norman Lamb

Visit to see Norman Lamb

On Thursday 19th of April, I went to New County Hall in Truro to meet Mr Norman Lamb (Member of Parliament) to discuss Headstart Kernow and what it’s been doing to help young people in Cornwall.

Headstart Kernow is the Cornwall strand of Big Lottery Fund’s strategic programme for young people’s mental health and wellbeing. It is a £9 million project focusing on children aged 10 to 16. It is a five-year project to explore and test ways to improve young people’s mental health. Headstart works in 6 locations: Blackpool, Hull, Wolverhampton, Kent, Newham and Cornwall. At Headstart, we consider how school, peers, family, technology and the ability to access support can effect your mental health.

On Thursday, at 1130 Councillor Julian German – Deputy Leader of the Council – welcomed Rt Hon Norman Lamb MP to the Chairman’s Dining Room in New County Hall, along with Emma Ackerman – Head of Funding (strategic programmes) for Big Lottery -, Tarn Lamb – Big Lottery England Committee -, Kate Kennally – Cornwall Council Chief Executive -, Sally Hawken – Portfolio Holder for Children and wellbeing -, Pat Rogerson – Councillor for Bodmin St Leonard -, Tim Osborne  – Head of School Effectiveness-, Charlotte Hill – Senior Management for Partnerships and Improvement -, Richard Head – Programme lead –, Dr Harry Beeson – Parliamentary Committee Specialist -, David Barton – Executive Officer of the Cornwall Association of Secondary Heads – and Jack Cordery – the Service Director for Children and Family Services.

We got a Big Lottery Fund Overview from Emma Ackerman and then I gave an overview of Young People’s involvement in Headstart from the perspective of my role as Chair of the Headstart Kernow Young People’s board. Norman Lamb then spoke about his role as Chair of the Science and Technology Select Committee and his opinion of how Adverse Childhood Experiences have a drastic effect on later life. We had a short overview of Cornwall from Charlotte Hill and then we stopped for lunch.

We then left Truro as a group and set off for Newquay Tretherras school where we had a look at The Wave Centre they have set up. This is a Personalised Learning and wellbeing centre for the students. We were greeted by drinks and biscuits that the students had made us after we had had a presentation from Julie Harmieson, the co-director of training for Trauma Informed Schools.

We got a tour of The Wave and we got to ask the students questions about their involvement in the project and how it benefitted them. We also spoke to the parents of these children about their journey and how they were supported. I think we could all take a leaf out of Newquay Tretherras’ book.

We concluded our day with a photograph with Norman Lamb and the children, and then escorted him to the airport. It was a very successful day for Headstart and the Science and Technology Select Committee, as both parties got some useful information from the people present at the meeting. I was very privileged to be a part of it.