An amazing tendering opportunity: can your organisation support young people and families in one of a new wave of HeadStart community programmes?

Do you want to work with us to help us achieve our outcomes?

HeadStart Wolverhampton is seeking the services of organisations with the ambition, track record, skills and experience to work in Partnership with us to deliver our Phase 3 programme.

Tendering is an open process, and HeadStart welcomes bids from any organisation, big or small, who have a focus on delivering outcomes.

Contracts will be operational for up to 37 months from 1 December 2017 and reviewed on an annual basis. HeadStart is a ‘test and learn’ programme that needs to flex and adapt.

The services will be delivered through three lots:

  • Place to Go
  • Work with Parents
  • HeadStart News Hounds (note: this will be a 13 months contract initially)    

The activities and interventions will be concentrated in the four HeadStart geographical areas which are:

  • Area A: Low Hill, The Scotlands & Bushbury.
  • Area B: Springfield, Heath Town, Park Village, Old   Heath/Eastfield.
  • Area C: Bilston East.
  • Area D: All Saints, Blakenhall, Parkfields & Ettingshall.

Interested providers should have experience of leading or contributing to a similar service transformation programme and should have an excellent understanding of the mental wellbeing needs of young people aged 10 to 16 in the HeadStart Wolverhampton geographical areas.

Successful organisations will also be able to demonstrate:

  • Realistic, robust organisational self-assessment and learning
  • Some track record of delivering sustainable transformation with young people through community based programmes
  • An ambitious but achievable programme of activities and interventions to support HeadStart in meeting its desired outcomes
  • A clear understanding of the change management process needed to achieve transformation.
  • An ability to anticipate and negotiate potential barriers
  • A realistic approach to future sustainability for their programme

Bidders can be either private, third sector, and/or partnerships and consortia, and can bid for multiple lots and locations.

Training and support sessions: 17th August 2017

HeadStart are supporting potential bidders through two training / Q&A sessions on 17th August at Wolverhampton Science Park:

  • Session 1: 12pm till 3pm
  • Session 2: 4pm until 7pm

Sessions will have the following agenda:

  • Introduction to the service specification
  • The procurement process
  • Good bid writing
  • What a good collaboration/consortia looks like

If you would like to attend one of these sessions, please email Mai Gibbons, HeadStart Contracts Manager at to tell her which session you'll be attending.

We want to equip young people to cope better with difficult circumstances, preventing them from experiencing common mental health problems before they become serious issues
— The Big Lottery Fund

About HeadStart

Wolverhampton is one of 6 HeadStart partnerships in the country to have been successfully awarded funding from the Big Lottery to work with young people aged 10 – 16 and their parent/carers to improve emotional and mental health, mental well-being and resilience.

The HeadStart programme aims to realise the following outcomes:

  1. Socially significant improvement in the mental wellbeing of at risk young people
  2. Reduction in the onset of diagnosable mental health disorders
  3. Improved engagement in school and improved academic attainment
  4. Reduced engagement in ‘risky’ behaviour
  5. Improved employability

Find Out More

To submit bids, you will first need to register your organisation on the Wolverhampton tendering portal:

Closing date for submissions: 12 noon, 25th Sept. 2017

Any queries regarding this process must be submitted through the Wolverhampton tendering portal at