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Delivering Transformation: Improving The Resilience & Mental Wellbeing Of Young People. A conference for the children and young people workforce.

The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, HeadStart Wolverhampton, the University of Wolverhampton, Young Minds and Time To Change present:

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Delivering Transformation: Improving The Resilience & Mental Wellbeing Of Young People. A conference for the children and young people workforce


Tuesday 3rd October, 2017.

Day conference from 9am until 4pm.
Showcase event 4pm to 6pm.


Wolverhampton Race Course
Dunstall Park


Keynote speakers

Ruby Wax OBE, mental health campaigner, author, and TV personality

Paul McGee aka The Sumo Guy, international speaker and author.

Dr. Pooky Knighsmith, Director of the Young People and Schools Programme at the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust.


Workshops from:

  • Ken Corish, Online Safety Director, South West Grid For Learning
  • Claire Birkenshaw, Equality & Diversity Advocate & the first transsexual Headteacher in the UK
  • Kay Price, House Mistress and History Teacher, Lord Wandsworth College
  • Alison Cope, knife crime campaigner and community relations educator, and mother of grime artist and knife crime victim Joshua Ribera aka DepzMan
  • Young Minds UK - the UK’s leading charity championing the wellbeing and mental health of young people
  • Time To Change - the campaign to change how we all think and act about mental health problems. 

The event is a golden opportunity to contribute to a national debate on supporting young people, and to find out how the HeadStart programme is making a difference.

Ticket prices as follows:

  • Early Bird Delegate - £125
  • Delegate - £150
  • Exhibition Pass (Marketplace) - Free
  • Exhibitor Stand - £250
  • Evening pass (Showcase event) - Free

Please note: all prices are ex. VAT and booking fees.

Limited discounted places (at a 50% discount) are available for Wolverhampton school staff and the Wolverhampton voluntary sector workforce. Please use the contact forms below to request discount codes. Please note that discounted tickets are limited. Completing the contact form does not guarantee a discount or book your place for the event.

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About Ruby Wax

Following her hugely successful career with BBC television as an interviewer and comedian, Ruby Wax turned her attention to the study of psychotherapy and neuroscience, graduating from Oxford University in 2013 with a Master’s degree in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy. She is also an Alumna and Honorary Senior Fellow of Regent’s University London with an MA in Psychotherapy and Counselling, and is a Visiting Professor in the School of Mental Health Nursing at the University of Surrey as well as holding an Honorary Doctorate from the School of Psychology from The University of East London.

She is the author of 2 best-selling books, 'Sane New World’ and 'A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled’ which combine neuroscience, mindfulness and comedy.  Her one-woman shows “Sane New World” and “Frazzled” have toured both internationally and in London’s West End.  She also founded Black Dog Tribe, a social networking site providing information and social support for people suffering with mental health issues.  She presented her TedTalk at TedGlobal 2012  “What’s So Funny about Mental Illness”?. She speaks at Parliament and Downing Street to raise money for neuroscience research and works tirelessly to break the stigma. She is an ambassador for MIND and SANE charities and is on the board of the Anna Freud Centre for Children and Families.

Ruby is currently launching her Frazzled Cafes in partnership with Marks and Spencer’s throughout the UK. Each Marks and Spencer location will close their cafés for two hours for groups to meet regularly.  These are not necessarily for people with Mental Health problems but for everyone who is frazzled! Based on the format of AA, each group is run by a facilitator with a mental health background. 

In 2015 Ruby Wax awarded an OBE for Services to Mental Health.

A welcome from Paul McGee

About HeadStart

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

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

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