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HeadStart - Newham

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HeadStart is a free emotional wellbeing service for children and young people aged 10 - 16 in Newham.

We provide exciting, evidence-based opportunities to support young people with emerging mental health difficulties to be more emotionally resilient and through doing so to overcome barriers to learning, achieve more, be mentally healthy and less likely to need the input of more specialist services (eg CAMHS). This is a sustainable long-term programme designed to promote the emotional resilience of 10 - 16 year olds who are interested in creative writing and music production.

How to contact us

Young people can access the service by contacting us directly, via a parent or via professional referral.

For more information, please call 0800 652 3879 or email

We provide:

  • Courses in music production
  • Creative lyric writing group
  • One-to-one key working with a trained youth professional

Can’t make your appointment?

It’s really important that you let us know. Ideally please call us on 0800 652 3879. You can also email to let us know on

What do our service users say about us?

“I really enjoyed making music, and writing my own songs.”

HeadStart service user

What's on?

We deliver a creative, diverse and high-quality programme of creative song-writing and music production courses for young Newham residents. Our music course is provided by Ape Media.

The course is run at different times each term. For further information call Nichole Raif (0208 522 6560).