Better Start Blackpool
Raising happy, healthy children together
We are determined to make a decisive change to transform our children’s life chances
In Blackpool, we all have a role to play in ensuring that our children have high aspirations and reach their potential. In the early years, children’s experiences have a major impact on their development and future outcomes. By ensuring they have the best possible start in life, we will enable them to maximise their achievements, which in turn builds a stronger Blackpool for us all. Our website sets out information for a varied audience including Blackpool’s families, Early Years Professionals, FrameWorks Change Agents and Researchers and Academics. The Support and Resources tab provides links to specific resources has links for each group.
Within 10 years Better Start will change outcomes for our youngest children and their families which will create a generational change for our town and our people.
What is Better Start?
A Better Start aims to improve the life chances of babies and very young children by delivering a significant increase in the use of preventative approaches in pregnancy and first three years of life. Big Lottery Fund has invested £215m over 10 years in five local area partnerships within Blackpool, Bradford, Lambeth, Nottingham and Southend on Sea. Details of the overarching organisation can be found here.The Better Start Partnership in Blackpool has been awarded £45 million, led by the NSPCC, the inclusive partnership is made up of the Local Authority, Clinical Commissioning Group, Blackpool Hospital Teaching Trust, Police and the Community. It brings together local families, communities, and agencies from across public, private and voluntary sectors.
Initially, we are focussing in the seven wards where communities face the greatest challenges: Bloomfield, Brunswick, Claremont, Clifton, Park, Talbot and Victoria. As we learn what works in these wards, the partnership will invest further local funds in replicating effective programs and services across the whole town, leaving a lasting legacy for Blackpool.