HeadStart is an award-winning programme developed in partnership with the Mayor of London and leading employers, to bridge the gap between education and employment, whilst enabling young people to get active in their local community.

Ready to get ahead?  

We challenge young people, aged 16-19, to volunteer for at least 16 hours in return for access to skills workshops and an interview for a paid role with one of our leading corporate partners, including Bloomberg, Starbucks, Nando’s and Zendesk.

HeadStart helps young people build the skills they need for work and life, and broadens their horizons by connecting them with people who they might not otherwise mix with. Our charity partners benefit from new volunteers, and our corporate partners are introduced to diverse new talent, helping them achieve their social responsibility goals.

To date, almost 10,000 young people have completed over 150,000 hours of volunteering, supporting hundreds of local charities.

Are you a company or charity interested in partnering with HeadStart?

Take a look at our latest Impact Report (2017-18), or watch this short film about our partnership with Starbucks.

Ready to give time and get ahead?   Sign up here!


HeadStart Action is a version of the programme for young people who are at risk of becoming not in education, employment or training (NEET). Find out more here.

To find out more about how we keep young people safe on HeadStart, download our safeguarding policy here.