4YP Radio - Colton Hills reflect on Getting Ahead Residential

Two weeks ago, Tara from the HeadStart Young Person Engagement Team (HYPE), met with a group of young people from Year 7 at Colton Hills Community School to reflect upon their experiences of their recent HeadStart Getting Ahead Residential at the Towers Outdoor Centre in Snowdonia.

Here is what they had to say about their experiences in Wales, and the effect that the residential has had upon them:

A great listen, and a good illustration of the positive effects that Getting Ahead is having on the confidence and self-esteem of the young people who are involved.

In conversation with Dr. Pooky Knightsmith and Kevin Pace

Yesterday morning, I was delighted to spend time with 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 of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition, the author of a number of highly regarded books, and a regular columnist for SecEd magazine. You can find out more about Pooky’s wonderful work, and listen to her podcast, on her website at www.inourhands.com

Pooky leading the breakfast seminar

Pooky leading the breakfast seminar

Pooky was in Wolverhampton leading a breakfast seminar for Hays Education at Our Lady and St. Chad Catholic Academy, and I took the opportunity to record a 30 minute interview / conversation with her, and with Kevin Pace, the Service Director for HeadStart Wolverhampton.

Topics included Pooky’s decision to be so open about her own mental health challenges, working with schools and colleges to create a positive ethos for mental well-being, Sumo as a toolkit for supporting resilience, increasing acceptance for mental health issues, and the problems with diagnosing mental health ‘issues’ in Donald Trump from afar! We also discussed exciting future working with Pooky for HeadStart Wolverhampton!

Huge thanks to Pooky for spending the time with us to record the show; we hope that you find it an interesting and informative listen.

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An interview with Paul McGee, The SUMO Guy

To coincide with the announcement that The Big Lottery Fund have awarded HeadStart Wolverhampton £8.8m of additional funding, I had the pleasure last week of chatting on Skype to Paul McGee, aka The SUMO Guy.

Paul's SUMO programme (Stop, Understand, Move On) has provided critical concepts for HeadStart's school programmes in the city. For more information, look at the 'School Programmes' section of our bid announcement page.

Topics in the conversation included:

  • Why SUMO works for young people
  • How catchphrases help us to communicate difficult ideas in simple ways
  • Paul's experiences of working with Wolverhampton HeadStart
  • Thoughts and ideas for the future of SUMO with young people within Wolverhampton and beyond

You can listen to the show or download it below:

Many thanks to Paul for finding the time to speak to us.