Listening to, learning from and supporting local people

A Better Start Southend is about using new ways of thinking to solve some of the problems that have affected local children and families for years.

We are a partnership of local organisations who have years of experience working with families and young children.  Most importantly, we’re working with local parents and carers to find out what needs to change if we are going to give Southend’s children the best start they can have.

This year we are focusing on how to give children a healthy start in life so that they get ill less often and there’s less risk of them having weight problems when they’re older. We want to help mums stay healthy while they’re pregnant, and find ways for young children to enjoy a balanced diet; because the benefits of a getting good start stay with a child for a lifetime.

How will we work?

Parents and carers are involved every step of the way: raising the problems that need solving, coming up with some answers, and helping us test good ideas. You can find out more about how we want to work here.

If we’re going to create a change that lasts long after A Better Start is over, we need to learn from everything we do. That’s why every project we support starts out small and is tested, improved and tested again until we’re sure it works for our local community. We are working with families in six local wards – Westborough, Victoria, Milton, Kursaal, West Shoebury and Shoeburyness. Eventually, the things we learn here will be shared across the whole of Southend.

Southend learning event

 

Get involved

We need everyone in Southend to get involved if we are going to succeed. We want as many people as possible to share ideas to improve services for Southend’s young children and families. Sign up to find out more and give us your thoughts on what local families need, and how we can help make sure they get it