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.

Press release: National praise for mental health support in Black Country

(Press release prepared by City of Wolverhampton Council / HeadStart Wolverhampton)

The national mental health director for NHS England visited Wolverhampton to focus on mental health issues in the Black Country – and was "uplifted and excited" by the work of the City of Wolverhampton Council and its partners.

Claire Murdoch met representatives from the council and a wide range of other organisations at the event at the Civic Centre earlier this month.
Hosted by the council, it reflected on the good work taking place in the region to support people with mental health needs, and looked at areas for further development. 

Claire Murdoch, national mental health director for NHS England, and Linda Sanders, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Strategic Director People, with members of the HeadStart Wolverhampton team including Amelia Chalack, Sunita Pallan Jhalli, Tara Bourne, Megan Williams, Nicola Holmes, Jessica Sharp and Emma Sayles.

Claire Murdoch, national mental health director for NHS England, and Linda Sanders, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Strategic Director People, with members of the HeadStart Wolverhampton team including Amelia Chalack, Sunita Pallan Jhalli, Tara Bourne, Megan Williams, Nicola Holmes, Jessica Sharp and Emma Sayles.

Claire, who has been a registered mental health nurse for more than three decades, also met young members of the pioneering HeadStart Wolverhampton programme, which is helping 10 to 16-year-olds cope with life’s challenges.

She said: "I was stimulated, humbled, uplifted and excited by all I heard about the work of the council and its partners. The passion, values and creativity shone through and I really had insight into the ideas and plans. I was blown away by Wolverhampton's youth – the future is bright."

Linda Sanders, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Strategic Director People, said: "Everyone made a strong impact on Claire and I am sure she will utilise some of her findings in her national role and bear Wolverhampton in mind when opportunities arise to contribute further to the implementation of the national programme in the future.

"The day underlined the importance of strong national policy direction with passionate leadership, and the impact of this on local implementation. It was great to hear how pleased Claire is with the way we have embraced the national programme here in the Black Country.

"A key challenge highlighted by Claire was to change the somewhat negative narrative around mental health support and services, and that is something we are determined to do here in Wolverhampton. Our HeadStart programme in particular is a very positive scheme which is an inspiration to us all and which is set to have a huge impact on the lives of so many children and young people."

Positive Participation and HeadStart Free 2-day Work Experience Programme

As part of the HeadStart Summer Programme for 10-16 year olds in HeadStart target areas, HeadStart have teamed up with Positive Participation to offer a 2-day work experience programme, running from the Bob Jones Community Hub in Bromley St.

This is a unique opportunity for young people and their parents/carers to get a work experience certificate to present at high school, to employers, colleges or universities, to improve future employment prospects and career progression. Young people will work together, with professional support, to plan and lead an Open Day Event to launch the new HeadStart Base for the All Saints, Blakenhall, Parkfields and Ettingshall area. They will use their creative and organisational skills to showcase facilities and programmes in their local community!

The planning session will take place on Wednesday 16th August, with the Open Day itself on Saturday 9th September.

For full details and a consent form, please download a flyer now. Alternatively, contact Positive Participation on 01902552275 or at positivework1@outlook.com  


Day One - Planning an open day event

Wednesday 16th August 2017
10am - 4pm
 (free lunch and refreshments)

Responsibilities and conduct at work, Goal Setting, Problem Solving, Group Discussions & Team Working, Team Building, Effective Communication Methods, Planning and marketing, Research, Resilience, Managing money 

Day Two - Work With Wolverhampton City Council & Positive Participation To Deliver An Open Day Event & Headstart Launch

Saturday 9th September 2017
10am - 4pm
 (free lunch and refreshments)

Free food and refreshments, Face Painting, Sports, Street Dancers, Mehndi, Yoga, Dhol Players, Cake Decorating,BhangraDancing, Arts&Craft 

Alice and Emma talk about Hope, our HeadStart wolf for 'Wolves in Wolves'

Visitors to Wolverhampton city centre can now walk the trail of the 30 sculptures. See www.wolvesinwolves.co.uk for more details!

Visitors to Wolverhampton city centre can now walk the trail of the 30 sculptures. See www.wolvesinwolves.co.uk for more details!

Wolves in Wolves (wolvesinwolves.co.uk) is the largest public art event ever to take place in the city. Thirty wolf sculptures, each designed individually by local organisations, have been placed on display around the city centre and in West Park. HeadStart were delighted to be asked to design a HeadStart wolf; you can read all about the process of designing and creating 'Hope' in our previous news post:

During the creation process for Hope, Alice and Emma, our highly talented HeadStart team members and artists, spoke to the team at Wolves in Wolves about the thinking behind the design.

We hope you enjoy hearing what they had to say, and that it gives you some insight into why Hope looks the way she does.