A Better Start Southend

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How will A Better Start Southend help local families?

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Strong communities, built by the people who live in them.

Giving the 2,000 children born in Southend each year the best possible start.

A £40m, 10-year programme to develop and test better children’s services.

Welcome to A Better Start Southend.

For happier children and stronger communities.  Now and in the future.

At A Better Start we trust in local people’s ability to make great things happen.  So we’re investing £40m to develop and test new and improved children’s services for Southend.  We want to give every child the best possible start in life. And we’re working with local people – parents, carers, volunteers and the professionals – to decide how to do it.

If you’re a parent or carer of a child under four years-old, if you’re expecting a baby, or if you work with young children in Southend, please take a look at our plans for the future. You can find out more about A Better Start Southend here.

You can sign up here to find out more and share your ideas for what you think Southend’s families need, and how we could make it happen. And between us we can make sure that our children’s start in life is shaped by the people who care about them the most.

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Local parents are invited to help develop better services for Southend’s children and families

We are working with SAVS to get local families involved in shaping children and families' services.


Funding boosts mental health services for mums in Southend

An Essex-wide bid to boost mental health support for pregnant women and new mums has successfully secured funding.


Visiting the Better Start Bradford Innovation Hub

Jane Youdale, our social and emotional lead, visits Bradford's Innovation Hub...

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