Join the team! New HeadStart job opportunity - Assistant Young People Engagement Coordinator

Join the HeadStart Team!

Do you have a passion for young people and ensuring that the challenges they face are overcome so they can thrive, achieve and have positive and successful lives?

Are you a hardworking, committed professional, flexible in your thinking and attitude to work, highly motivated and able to inspire young people?

We are looking for an Assistant Young People Engagement Coordinators to join the HeadStart programme in Wolverhampton.

To find out more, and to apply for the position, please see the job listing on WMJobs. Please note that we cannot accept CVs and applications sent to HeadStart directly.

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HeadStart Wolverhampton supports World Mental Health Day #helloyellow campaign

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To mark World Mental Health Day today (October 10th), HeadStart Wolverhampton are supporting Young Mind's #HelloYellow campaign:

Sign up to say #HelloYellow on 10th October 2017 and help spread the message that young people aren’t alone when it comes to mental health.
— Young Minds

To show your support for breaking down the stigma around mental health issues that exists in our society, share your #HelloYellow images with us and Young Minds:

  • If you can, wear something yellow
  • Hold up a #HelloYellow card / poster (see below if you'd like to use one of hours).
  • Tweet your image with the hashtag #HelloYellow and @HeadStartFM, or email them to us at inbox@headstart.fm

We'll share your images on social media and into the blog post!

Mr. Otero, Headteacher at Colton Hills Community School, shows his support!


In the community

In schools and with the HeadStarters and B-Safe team

At The Civic Centre!

The HeadStart Wolverhampton Team


Hello Yellow Messages from HeadStart Wolverhampton


HeadStart Wolverhampton #HelloYellow Posters / Images (click thumbnails for full-size versions)

The HeadStart Wolverhampton Autumn 2017 Conference

The HeadStart Autumn Conference 2017, Tuesday October 3rd, Wolverhampton Race Course

Update: for photos, videos, slides and more, go to the conference page


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Midlands Today Interview Kevin Pace ahead of #hsconf17


Conference Agenda

  • 8:15am - Marketplace and Delegate registration open
  • 9:00am - Delegates into the auditorium
  • 9:15am - Opening address and introduction
  • 10:00am - Keynote 1 - Paul McGee, aka the SUMO Guy: "Resilience in the classroom starts with resilience in the staffroom"
  • 10:45am - Break
  • 11:00am - Keynote 2 - Dr. Pooky Knightsmith: "Four Practical Strategies to Improve the Mental Well-Being of Young People"
  • 11:45am - Transition to Workshop 1
  • 12:00pm - Workshop 1: a) Time To Change b) Alison Cope c) Kay Price
  • 12:45pm - Lunch
  • 1:45pm - Transition to Workshop 2
  • 2:00pm - Workshop 2: a) Young Minds b) Claire Birkenshaw c) Ken Corish
  • 2:45pm - Delegates into the auditorium
  • 3:00pm - Keynote 3 - Ruby Wax OBE
  • 3:30pm - Registration desk for community showcase open
  • 3:55pm - Closing address - Kevin Pace
  • 4:00pm - Main conference ends. Community Showcase begins.
  • 6:00pm - Community Showcase ends

Coming soon to this post: updates, photos and videos from The HeadStart Autumn Conference. Check back on Tuesday 3rd October for more.

Recent #hsconf17 tweets

HeadStart Community Bases in Low Hill and Blakenhall are a go!


The first two new HeadStart Wolverhampton community bases have been officially opened.

A total of four bases are being established, one in each of the key HeadStart Wolverhampton target areas. Each base will be home to a multi-agency team comprising a HeadStart Community Development Co-ordinator, a Young Persons Engagement Co-ordinator, a School Support Co-ordinator, a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) link worker and Police Community Support Officer. The team will also conduct outreach work in schools and the local community.

The first base at Low Hill Library on Showell Circus held its launch event on Friday 1st September, and will support the Low Hill, Scotlands and Bushbury South area.

The second, at the Bob Jones Community Hub on Bromley Street, held its launch event on Friday 9th September, and will support the Blakenhall, All Saints, Parkfields and Ettingshall area.

Further community bases are also being established in the other two key HeadStart Wolverhampton areas in Heath Town, Park Village, Eastfield, Springfield and Old Heath; and Bilston East.


Low Hill, Scotlands and Bushbury South Launch Event - Friday 1st September

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I want my children to have big dreams and I want them to believe they can achieve them. But I also want them to know that they might not always get it right and that’s ok. It’s ok to make mistakes as long as they keep on trying. For me, that’s what achieving means.
— Parent

During the launch event, HeadStart staff introduced the young people and members of the community who attended to the work that HeadStart will be leading over the coming months and years.

The highlight of the launch event were a set of performances developed by the young people as part of the Summer Programme in Low Hill, Scotlands and Bushbury South, where they had worked with Revolution Dance and RML Rock School.

All the young people that performed had no previous experience with performing on stage, but delivered a magnificent range of performances to the community and family members.

The performances included choreographed dance routines, and a HeadStart song, written specially by the young people.

The opening event was a great success - many thanks to all of the young people, families and members of the community who attended, and, of course, to the amazing young people who performed at the event.

 


All Saints, Blakenhall, Parkfields and Ettingshall Launch Event - Saturday 9th September

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I think the HeadStart initiative is a great way of supporting young people to cope with everyday stresses in and making them more resilient so they can be successful in life.

The Mayor of Wolverhampton, Councillor Elias Mattu officially launched the HeadStart base for Blakenhall, All Saints, Parkfields & Ettingshall at the Bob Jones Community Hub on Saturday the 9th September. Over 200 people, young and old, attended a fun packed Family Open Day organised by Positive Participation LTD and funded by HeadStart as part of the summer activities programme.
 
Also in attendance were Pat McFadden MP, the member of parliament for Wolverhampton South East and local Blakenhall Councillor Harbans Singh Bagri.
 
Certificates were awarded to 25 young people participating in a work experience programme which involved planning the Family Open Day and helping out on the launch. Everybody enjoyed the performances and workshops which took place including Break Dancing, Henna Art and Bhangra!
 
HeadStart staff were on hand to explain their roles and to answer questions about the work that will be taking place in local schools and community.
 
Manbir Singh, 16 years old and attends Colton Hills School said, ”I have really enjoyed taking part in the work experience opportunity as I have learned many skills which will help me in the future.”
 
Kamaljit Bal, a local parent said, "I think the HeadStart initiative is a great way of supporting young people to cope with everyday stresses in and making them more resilient so they can be successful in life.”

Press Release: Join HeadStart as the first two HeadStart community bases open their doors

The first of the new HeadStart Wolverhampton community bases will be officially opened shortly.

A total of four bases are being established, one in each of the key HeadStart Wolverhampton target areas, which will be used to deliver a range of support designed to help improve the emotional wellbeing of 10 to 16-year-olds.

Each base will be home to a multi-agency team comprising a HeadStart Community Development Co-ordinator, a Young Persons Engagement Co-ordinator, a School Support Co-ordinator, a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) link worker and Police Community Support Officer. The team will also conduct outreach work in schools and the local community.

The first base at Low Hill Library on Showell Circus will support HeadStart Wolverhampton’s work in Low Hill, Bushbury South and The Scotlands. The second, at the Bob Jones Community Hub on Bromley Street, will cover the Blakenhall, All Saints, Parkfields and Ettingshall areas.

Further community bases are also being established in the other two key HeadStart Wolverhampton areas, Heath Town, Park Village, Eastfield, Springfield and Old Heath; and Bilston East, and the locations of these will be announced in due course.

HeadStart Summer Showcase at Low Hill Community Centre

The community base for Low Hill, Bushbury South and The Scotlands will be officially opened at 1pm on Friday 1 September during a special HeadStart Summer Showcase taking place at Low Hill Community Centre on Kempthorne Avenue. It will feature dance and music performances from young people who took part in HeadStart summer activities in the local area.

Family Open Day at Bob Jones Community Hub

The Blakenhall, All Saints, Parkfields and Ettingshall community base will be officially opened by the Mayor of Wolverhampton Councillor Elias Mattu during a free family fun day organised by Positive Participation Ltd at the Bob Jones Community Hub on Saturday 9 September from noon until 3pm.

The family fun day is aimed at 10 to 16-year-olds and their families and carers, who will be able to take part in a range of activities and workshops, enjoy performances, access resources and meet members of the HeadStart Wolverhampton team.
 
Nicola Holmes, HeadStart Senior Community Development Co-ordinator, said: "We are very excited to be launching the first two of our four new HeadStart community bases.
 
“These will have a vital role to play in our work to improve the resilience and emotional wellbeing of children and young people aged 10 to 16, acting as a base for HeadStart staff and enabling them to get out and about in the local community to deliver help and support face to face.”
 
Councillor Val Gibson, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, added: "The events being held to mark the official openings of HeadStart community bases at Low Hill Library and the Bob Jones Community Hub are an excellent opportunity for young people and their families to meet the HeadStart team and find out about the support available to them.”
 
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 by giving them the skills they need to address the challenges of modern life. To find out more, please visit www.headstartonline.co.uk, follow @headstartfm on Twitter or log on to www.facebook.com/headstartfm.
 
For more information about the HeadStart Summer Showcase at Low Hill Community Centre, please call Kate Clarke on 07779 974848 or email kate.clarke@wolverhampton.gov.uk.
 
For more information about the family fun day at the Bob Jones Community Hub, please call either Manjit Cheema, HeadStart Community Development Co-ordinator, on 07717 733051 or email manjit.cheema@wolverhampton.gov.uk, or Gurbax Kaur at Positive Participation Ltd, on 01902 552275 or by emailing positivework1@outlook.com.