Over the summer we carried out a review of all of the A Better Start Southend activities and looked at the way the programme is structured to make sure that parents and the community are involved at every level of what we do.

The new structure has been created in discussion with parents, community groups and partners. The programme will report into a new Partnership Board, made up of parents and our strategic partners which should be operational in March. You can find out more about this and view the new structure here. If you would like to get involved please email abetterstart@southend.gov.uk.

We have received a lot of interest from individuals and organisations about funding new projects. In the new year an application process will open to receive proposals to fund “test projects” that contribute towards our outcomes. These issues and ideas can come from parents, community groups or businesses.

If you have an idea keep an eye on your inbox for more details of how to submit it to us, and if you haven’t already, sign up to receive our e-newsletter here.

Article published November 2016