Our Partners

A Better Start Southend is part of a ten-year research and development programme set up by the Big Lottery Fund to transform ways of thinking about services for very young children. Southend is one of five sites (the others are Blackpool, Bradford, Nottingham and Lambeth) that share funding, expertise and practical experiences as their programmes develop.

Southend’s programme is supported by over £40m of Big Lottery funding. The programme is led by the Pre-school Learning Alliance, working with a number of strategic partners who share decision-making for the programme. We are also supported by a number of other delivery partners.

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council

Essex Police

Southend University Hospital

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT)

Southend Clinical Commissioning Group

Pre-school Learning Alliance

University of Essex

Southend Association of Voluntary Services (SAVS)