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
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
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.”