Low Hill Mini Ambassadors ‘Bake New Ground’ in support of Stand Up to Cancer

HeadStart Mini Ambassadors in Low Hill took on the second community challenge of their development programme when they baked delicious and attractive cakes to raise funds for Stand Up For Cancer.

The Mini Ambassadors programme supports young people in developing their understanding of issues of mental health and emotional well-being, and encourages them to support their peers in schools and the wider community. As part of the programme, they develop their organisational skills, and work together to support the development of local services.

Ten of the mini ambassadors took part in baking and carefully decorating cakes during one of their regular after-school meetings at The Big Venture Centre, with some of their older 16-25 year-old ambassador counterparts being on hand to support and encourage their younger peers and to add some creative flair!

At lunch time on Friday 16th March, ambassadors and members of the B-Safe team worked to encourage other students and teachers to make donations to Stand Up For Cancer in exchange for some of the baked delights on offer.

In total, the Mini Ambassadors raised over £70 for charity.

Mind Your Health with HeadStart Wolverhampton: Community events for 'Live, Learn, Work' in Blakenhall and Bilston

Residents can find how they can improve their emotional mental health and wellbeing at a number of free events later this month.

HeadStart Wolverhampton is holding activities to highlight the help and support from local health and wellbeing services during Live, Learn, Work – a series of events for residents taking place between 14 and 31 March, 2018.

"Mind your health' at the Bob Jones Community Hub

'Mind your Health' at the Bob Jones Community Hub, Bromley Street, is a free drop-in event for young people and families interested in improving their emotional mental health and wellbeing.

It takes place on Wednesday 21 March from 4pm-7pm and the HeadStart Wolverhampton team will be on hand to offer support and advice on local services available for young people, parents and families.  

The drop-in session also offers the chance to participate in fun workshops including creative arts, dance, and fitness, and to find out about the facilities available at the Bob Jones Community Hub, including the gym, dance studio, martial arts, yoga and more.

Download a flyer (PDF) for more information

Health Awareness in Bilston: come along to meet the HeadStart Team

The HeadStart Wolverhampton team will be in Bilston town centre on Monday 19, Thursday 22 and Friday 23 March, from 10am to noon, along with representatives from a range of health and emotional wellbeing services, including Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS).


These sessions are part of the citywide residents programme for 'Live, Learn, Work'. For information on all of the events and opportunities available to residents between now and the end of March, please visit www.livelearnworkwolves.com, and tweet your support using the hashtag #livelearnworkwolves.

 Visit the Live, Learn, Work website at  www.livelearnworkwolves.com

Visit the Live, Learn, Work website at www.livelearnworkwolves.com

These sessions are a great opportunity for people to find out more about some of the support which is available to help them maintain good emotional mental health and wellbeing, and to meet members of the HeadStart Wolverhampton team.
— Councillor Val Gibson, City of Wolverhampton Council Cabinet Member for Children and Young People

Spread the word! An emotional well-being and HeadStart awareness session for Punjabi-speaking parents and carers

Are you, or someone you know, a Punjabi-speaking parent or carer who lives in the All Saints, Blakenhall, Parkfields or Ettingshall areas of the city?

On 15th March, from 10am until 12 noon, Aspiring Futures and the HeadStart Community team are leading a Punjabi language emotional wellbeing and HeadStart awareness session at The Old School, Dudley Road, WV2 3BY.

Come along to learn about how to promote emotional well-being and resilience within your family, and what HeadStart can offer to you and to your children.

Refreshments will be provided.

For further information, contact either:

  Download a poster  (PDF file)

Montage: The Joshua Ribera Achievement Awards, February 2nd 2018

On 2nd February 2018, members of the HeadStart team attended the Joshua Ribera Achievement Awards in Birmingham. 

The Awards celebrated the achievements of young people in alternative provision, including a number of young people from Wolverhampton. This fantastic event was organised by Alison Cope (@ali_cope on Twitter), whose son, Joshua, aka Depzman, was murdered in a knife attack in 2013.

Young people in alternative provision often have great challenges to overcome, and yet can still achieve amazing things. HeadStart was delighted to be able to support the awards, and congratulates Alison on ensuring that the inspirational progress and achievements of young people who are all too frequently overlooked was celebrated in such a fitting, glamorous manner! 

For a HeadStart podcast interview with Alison, please see:

World Book Day 2018: HeadStart promotes community library and emotional resilience with Bushbury Hill Primary


To celebrate World Book Day 2018, pupils from Bushbury Hill Primary School enjoyed four separate visits to Low Hill Library on Wednesday.

The visits were supported by members of the HeadStart Schools Team, and encouraged the children to celebrate reading while reminding them what an exciting place a library can be. While at the library, the children listened to stories which encourage conversations about their resilience and emotional well-being.


The pupils walked to and from the library in mixed year groups and, once there, were treated to ‘storytime’ with Elisabeth Whitehouse from the Wolverhampton Library Service. All children were given an introduction to the library service and the many benefits it has to offer. They were given a tour of the library and then shown how to borrow books from the library using their easy-to-use self-service machine. 

Thank you so much for today for arranging the library visits. The children loved it and they are all delighted with their books!
— Kay Mason, Headteacher, Bushbury Hill Primary School
The children have had a wonderful week this week, made even better by visiting the library.
— Charlotte Underwood, Deputy Headteacher, Bushbury Hill Primary

The children were so excited and enjoyed sharing books together. The library issued approximately 210 new membership cards! Many children who couldn’t get a membership card on the day were keen to come back soon to register and get theirs.

The event was one of a range of activities happening across the libraries in the city. See the following press release for more:

What the children said about
their storytime books:

'Giraffes can't dance'

It’s about a giraffe who couldn’t dance but at the end he could. If you don’t succeed at first, try, try, try again.
— Maisie, Year 1
It’s kind of a really good story about a giraffe being positive, determined, having resilience and changing his t-shirt!
— Lilly & McKenzie, Year 5
It’s supposed to mean you have to believe what you want to and then it will come true.
— Lilly, Year 3

'A huge bag of worries'

What does the story teach you?

When you build up all your worries, it makes you worry even more and then you talk to someone to get rid of all your worries.
— Aimee, Year 6
If you ever get worried just ask someone for their help and you’ll work it out in the end.
— Jermaine, Year 6
It teaches you to try and forget all your worries.
— Josh, Year 6

Is it OK to have worries?

It doesn’t matter to be worried or anything. You can be worried and that’s OK. They eventually fly away!
— Emilis, Year 4
Yes, when you have worries, it’s OK because you can ask a grown up to help you.
— Molly, Year 6

Questions about SUMO

What does FAIL mean?

It means First Attempt In Learning and also it’s ok to feel sad, mad and bad.
— Gideon, Year 2

How does Hippo Time help you?

It helps you to take breath and relax. If anything is bad, it lets you forget it for a while so you can move on.
— Karl, Year 6

How does SUMO help you in life?

When I am in in argument or a bad situation, I look back to all the good there is.
— Mia, Year 6
It helps me. I just remember SUMO to help me not get in trouble.
— Kieron, Year 6
At home, when I argue with my brother, it makes it easier to resolve and arguments. I use fruity thinking and remember the beach ball the most. The beach ball helps me to see why my brother is mad at me and see if we can find a way to meet in the middle.
— Elizabeth, Year 6
Change your t-shirt makes people have positive thoughts. I use it when my brother is around me because sometimes he gets me mad!
— Amy, Year 6

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