The HeadStart Autumn Conference Part 2 - Alison Cope, Claire Birkenshaw, Ken Corish

During the HeadStart Autumn Conference on October 3rd, André Tomlin (aka The Mental Elf on Twitter) interviewed some of the keynote speakers and workshop leads about the topics of their presentations, and the experiences and research that support their ideas.

You can find all of the individual podcasts in the conference pages at The HeadStart Wolverhampton Autumn Conference or on the HeadStart channel on our SoundCloud channel here.

Alison Cope

Alison Cope

Claire Birkenshaw

Claire Birkenshaw

Ken Corish

Ken Corish

You can listen to the second set of podcasts - from Alison Cope, Claire Birkenshaw, and Ken Corish, below:

Thanks to André for recording these great interviews - we hope you found them to be informative and insightful!

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'Befriending the Austrians and slugs in my bed' - in conversation with Caitlin and Holly from Central Youth Theatre

In the latest episode of the HeadStart podcast, I speak to Caitlin and Holly from Wolverhampton Central Youth Theatre (CYT). Earlier in the year, CYT took a group of young Wolverhampton actors and performers to a festival in the Czech Republic, where they performed in front of an international audience, and with other actors from around Europe.

Caitlin shares that she has had a history of mental health issues, and tells how she nearly pulled out of the trip at the last minute due to anxiety and other personal challenges. Ultimately, she went ahead with the trip, and the experience built her confidence, developed new friendships, and, now leads her to say 'yes' to more new opportunities back in the UK.

Caitlin's message is an important one; opportunities such as those provided by CYT can be life-changing for young people, and encouraging young people to 'find their passion' is incredibly supportive of their development and emotional well-being.

Holly Parry, Assistant Director of Central Youth Theatre, joins Caitlin and I in the conversation to share how CYT support young people, how they don't have 'favourites', and how they work with young people in encouraging them to step outside their comfort zone.

Engaging young people with new opportunities in their communities is a key component of the HeadStart model, as illustrated by the HeadStart-funded Summer Programme that ran through the school summer holidays this year.

We hope you enjoy listening to the conversation - please send in your comments below, or via Twitter or FaceBook.

Huge thanks to Caitlin and Holly for speaking to us.

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The HeadStart Autumn Conference Part 1 - Dr. Pooky Knightsmith, Paul McGee and Kay Price

During the HeadStart Autumn Conference on October 3rd, André Tomlin (aka The Mental Elf on Twitter) interviewed some of the keynote speakers and workshop leads about the topics of their presentations, and the experiences and research that support their ideas.

You can find all of the individual podcasts in the conference pages at The HeadStart Wolverhampton Autumn Conference or on the HeadStart channel on our SoundCloud channel here - https://soundcloud.com/user-339169437.

Dr. Pooky Knightsmith

Dr. Pooky Knightsmith

Paul McGee

Paul McGee

Kay Price

Kay Price

You can listen to the first three podcasts, from Dr. Pooky Knightsmith, Paul McGee, and Kay Price, below:

Thanks to André for recording these great interviews - we hope you found them to be informative and insightful!

Show notes

Subscribe

You can subscribe to future episodes of the HeadStart podcast in iTunes / the Apple Podcasts app, or using the RSS feed in the podcast player of your choice.

"Take a minute, change a life": a podcast for World Suicide Prevention Day 2017

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This Sunday, 10th September, is World Suicide Prevention Day. To mark HeadStart's support, we have recorded a podcast bringing together the thoughts of a panel made up of a national expert in child mental health, and a group of young people who work for HeadStart as apprentices or as with us as part of our HeadStart Ambassador programme. The members of the panel were:

  • Dr. Pooky Knightsmith. Pooky directs the children, young people and schools programme at the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, a charity that provides fully-funded mental health training to schools. She is also the vice-chair and education lead for the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition, formed of over 100 UK charities working together to set the agenda for young people’s mental health in the UK and beyond. Pooky is also a keynote speaker at our HeadStart Conference on October 3rd. (We spoke to Pooky over Skype, so apologies if the audio quality is not ideal). You can follow Pooky on Twitter at @PookyH.
  • Amelia Chalak, HeadStart Apprentice
  • Emerson Morris, HeadStart Apprentice
  • Megan, one of our HeadStart Ambassadors
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In the podcast, our panel discuss a range of issues related to how adults and organisations can support young people who are experiencing suicidal thoughts or at risk of doing so:

  • What kinds of factors do you think leads young people to the point where suicide feels like an option?
  • How should schools and other organisations talk to young people about suicide as an issue?
  • How can young people support one another? What warning signs might they see in friends?
  • What could schools or other organisations do to support young people who are depressed, or at risk of suicide?
  • What role do you think technology (including social media) can play, both positive and negative?

We hope that you find the podcast to be a valuable contribution to this critical issue. Suicide is the second most common cause of death for 15-19 year olds in the UK; we must do everything we can to support young people who are at risk.

Please share the podcast on social media, and join the conversation by submitting comments below. You can subscribe to future episodes of the HeadStart podcast on iTunes or in your favourite podcast app using this RSS link.


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'My life with Joshua, and what he can teach us all' - in conversation with Alison Cope

Alison Cope was, and always will be, the proud mum of Joshua Ribera. In 2013, Josh's musical career as grime artist Depzman had just taken off, with a number one album, and tours of the UK and Europe. In September that year he was murdered in a knife attack outside a night club in Birmingham. He was only 18 years old.

Alison now works alongside West Midlands police, and independently, to talk to young people in schools, community organisations and youth offending institutions about the dangers of carrying knives. Her strength in turning the most tragic event any parent can imagine into positive change for other young people is an inspiration to us all.

Alison was kind enough to come across to Wolverhampton yesterday for a recorded conversation about her life with Josh, her work with young people, and her thoughts about how we can support young people to rethink an attitude and culture around carrying knives that has led to a 14% increase in knife crimes between 2015 and 2016.

Please listen to the conversation using the player at the top of the page and share it with anyone you think would benefit from hearing Alison's thoughts and opinions. Comment below if you'd like to reflect or feedback with your thoughts.

Alison is a workshop lead at our HeadStart Conference on October 3rd. Find our more and register for free tickets at www.headstartonline.co.uk/conference17 - tickets are going quickly, so don't delay!

Make my mum proud and my dad too
Gotta stay on the straight and narrow
Cause one day I’m gonna be a dad too
One love to all my family
Can’t forget my grandad too
Been supporting me from the start
— 'One Love' by Depzman

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