Press Release: Successful commissioned organisations for new HeadStart Wolverhampton services announced

(Taken from a press release from City of Wolverhampton Council and HeadStart Wolverhampton - http://www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/article/11827/Successful-bidders-for-new-HeadStart-services-announced)

The organisations which will provide a range of new activities for young people and their families through the pioneering HeadStart Wolverhampton scheme have been announced.

After being successful in a tendering process, three locally-based groups will deliver programmes designed to help improve the mental health and wellbeing of 10 to 16-year-olds in the four key HeadStart target areas of Wolverhampton.

The activities will be based on the themes of Place to Go, Work with Parents and HeadStart Newshounds:

  • Place to Go will offer drop-in facilities at which young people can access trusted adults, including youth workers, on a voluntary basis to inspire them to learn new skills and extend their friendship networks.
  • Work with Parents will offer a range of activities for parents and carers to encourage good behaviour, support learning at home, and encourage stronger bonds with their children, their school, other parents and carers and the local community.
  • HeadStart NewsHounds will involve young people in the creation of engaging, accessible information and media content for their peers, parents and carers, and professionals, available through the HeadStart website and social media channels. Content will be designed to encourage dialogue about emotional and mental wellbeing and address the stigma around mental health issues.

Bushbury Hill Estate Management Board was selected to deliver Place to Go and Work with Parents activities in Low Hill, Scotlands and Bushbury South. YMCA Black Country Group will provide Place to Go and Work with Parents activities in Heath Town, Park Village, Eastfield, Springfield and Old Heath, as well as in All Saints, Blakenhall, Parkfields and Ettingshall. Gazebo Theatre in Education will run Place to Go and Work with Parents activities in Bilston East.

In addition, Gazebo Theatre in Education was selected to lead HeadStart Newshounds activities across all four of the target areas.

The total awarded to the three organisations is approximately £1.4 million, and is part of the Big Lottery Fund's award of £9.47m to HeadStart Wolverhampton.

The selection of the three successful organisations followed a rigorous procurement process designed to identify organisations with a proven ability to deliver creative, innovative interventions with young people and with their parents and carers ..

.. it is particularly pleasing that the successful bids came from three local organisations, demonstrating the fantastic quality of service providers we have here in the City of Wolverhampton
— Councillor Val Gibson, City Of Wolverhampton Council Cabinet Member for Children and Young People

Councillor Val Gibson, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: "The selection of the three successful organisations followed a rigorous procurement process designed to identify organisations with a proven ability to deliver creative, innovative interventions with young people and with their parents and carers.

"The HeadStart programme aims to support the emotional well-being and resilience of 10-16 year olds; these new programmes will play a critical part of realising this ambition and we are delighted to be working with Gazebo Theatre in Education, YMCA Black Country and the Bushbury Hill Estate Management Board to deliver them.

"It is particularly pleasing that the successful bids came from three local organisations, demonstrating the fantastic quality of service providers we have here in the City of Wolverhampton."

She added: "I would like to thank all the organisations, big and small, who submitted applications and took part in the tendering process, and to remind those that were unsuccessful on this occasion that there will be further opportunities to play a part in the HeadStart Wolverhampton programme in the coming months and years."

Representatives from Gazebo Theatre in Education, YMCA Black Country and the Bushbury Hill Estate Management Board will now complete an induction process before their services for young people and parents and carers go live in the four HeadStart areas in early January.

More details of the new programmes will be available on the HeadStart Wolverhampton website at www.headstartonline.co.uk in due course.

HeadStart Wolverhampton, funded through The Big Lottery Fund, is a “test and learn” programme designed to improve the resilience and emotional well-being of children and young people aged 10 to 16 by giving them the skills they need to cope with life’s challenges. To find out more about HeadStart, please visit www.headstartonline.co.uk, follow @headstartfm on Twitter or follow HeadStart on Facebook at www.facebook.com/headstartfm.

  • In the last few weeks, HeadStart has launched a new Support and Guidance site at http://support.headstartonline.co.uk to direct young people, parents and carers, and professionals, to selected resources to support mental wellbeing in young people.

HeadStart Bilston East Team launch new community base at Christmas Light Switch On

On Friday 1st December the HeadStart Bilston East team joined in the celebrations at the Christmas Light Switch On to launch the opening of their base at Bilston Town Hall.

The team had a stall outside the Town Hall with lots of Christmas craft activities including making a HeadStart pledge and an advent calendar of hints for a healthy Christmas and New Year. Staff promoted the forthcoming Mini Ambassadors and Parent Champion opportunities and recruited a number of young people to join HeadStart Bilston East’s events.

The event was an excellent festive community celebration with VIPs including Doreen Tipton and the Deputy Mayor.

HeadStart Bilston East is now operating from Bilston Town Hall. Nicola Holmes, Senior Community Development Coordinator said ‘It is so important that we have a physical presence in the heart of the community, and we look forward to launching our Mini Ambassadors and Parent Champion programme in the New Year”.

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It is so important that we have a physical presence in the heart of the community, and we look forward to launching our Mini Ambassadors and Parent Champion programme in the New Year
— Nicola Holmes, Senior Community Development Coordinator, HeadStart

A taste of the HeadStart Summer Programme from Bilston with Gazebo Theatre Newshounds

With the cold weather upon us, the summer holidays and the HeadStart Summer Programme may seem a distant memory.

This video from the Newshounds working with the Gazebo Theatre Company, however, really brings the HeadStart activities of the summer to life. Take a few minutes to watch, listen, enjoy, and feel the warmth of a great summer of activities!

Free SUMO training for Wolverhampton voluntary sector staff, parents and partner agencies

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Unfortunately, as a result of very poor weather and travel conditions in the region, the HeadStart Sumo for Communities event at the Molineux tomorrow has been postponed. We are looking to rearrange for a date early in the New Year, and will share this date as soon as we have it. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.


HeadStart is delighted to invite Wolverhampton voluntary sector staff and volunteers, parents, and partner agencies (local authority, police, fire service, social housing, employment providers, NHS / CCG) to a free SUMO training event. Please see below for weblinks to book your free place at HeadStart’s forthcoming ‘SUMO for Communities’ Training Event. Spaces are limited so please book early.

Ed Hollamby from SUMO will be delivering two 'Introduction to SUMO' sessions on Monday 11th December at 1.30pm, and 5.30pm, at the Molineux Stadium.

Two sessions are available in order to be accessible to as many people as possible working in our communities.

What is SUMO?

SUMO is a practical approach in dealing with change, developing resilience, increasing engagement, inspiring others and building better relationships.

How can SUMO help in your organisation / community?

SUMO has been used extensively around the world by equipping people with the insights, inspiration and practical tools to achieve better results in life while having fun in the process.

It’s an acronym that, depending on the context, can stand for ‘Shup Up, Move on’ or ‘Stop, Understand, Move On'. Interestingly, in Latin, SUMO can mean ‘to choose and at the heart of it is a desire to help people make wise and better choices – not only in their professional lives but personal too.

Across our HeadStart areas, teachers and children in our Headstart schools are receiving SUMO training. In order to raise more resilient young people we want to also provide this training to parents and organisations working in our four target areas. 

What to expect from the training:

  • Ed will be providing an overview of the principles of SUMO and how this can be used in a community context.
  • Following the training Headstart will be working on an ongoing basis with any organisations interested in using SUMO in their service delivery.

Target audiences:

  • Voluntary and community groups who work with children / young people (10 – 16 years) / parents from HeadStart Wolverhampton areas.
  • Partner agencies involved in HeadStart Wolverhampton areas (Local authority, Police, Fire Service, Social Housing, Employment Providers, NHS / CCG colleagues etc)
  • Parent Champions / Parent Governors / Parents from Wolverhampton

For more information on SUMO please visit www.thesumoguy.com

Book your place online

To attend the training, you must book your places online:

Afternoon Session Link 1.30pm – 4pm:

Evening Session Link 5.30pm – 8pm:

Please forward this on to anyone you think may be interested. We look forward to seeing you there!



HeadStart Wolverhampton Supports 'Orange Wolverhampton' campaign to end violence against women and girls

The United Nations’ Orange the World campaign takes place annually over 16 days from 25 November until December 10th, which is International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

HeadStart Wolverhampton is supporting Wolverhampton Safeguarding's local campaign to 'Orange Wolverhampton'. For full details of how you can help to support this incredibly important cause, visit the Wolverhampton Safeguarding website, where you will find a range of resources for visitors to read and use, including posters, images for sharing on social media, and lesson resources.

The key messages of the Orange Wolverhampton Campaign are:

  • Wolverhampton says 'No' to all Violence Against Women and Girls
  • Organisations should work very closely together to reduce the prevalence of these forms of violence and to support all those affected by them, including children
  • There is help and support available to anyone affected by these issues

Find full details herehttps://www.wolverhamptonsafeguarding.org.uk/orange-wolverhampton-resources

Orange Wolverhampton Events with HeadStart

The HeadStart Team in All Saints, Blakenhall, Parkfields and Ettingshall are working alongside Positive Participation Ltd as part of the Orange Wolverhampton campaign.

A coffee morning has been organised at the Bob Jones Community Hub, WV2 3AS, 10am to 12pm, on 4th December 2017.

As well as creating awareness of gender based violence against women & young girls, all money raised will support a monthly drop-in for women and young girls at Bob Jones Community Hub.

Orange Wolverhampton Resources on the new HeadStart Support and Guidance Platform

We've compiled together some resources to support Orange Wolverhampton onto our new Support and Guidance platform; these include videos, information on support organisations, webpages, research reports, downloads and more:

We're still hard at work adding content to the new platform on a wide range of emotional well-being and mental health issues, but we hope that the Orange Wolverhampton resources are a great starting point for exploring our new site!

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Here's a quick introduction to the new site: