Merry Christmas from HeadStart Wolverhampton

2017 has been an incredibly busy and productive year for HeadStart Wolverhampton, with our programmes and activities in full swing in schools and the community, two major HeadStart conferences, the launch of a new online support platform and much, much more!

Young people have been at the centre of everything that we do, co-producing our campaigns and supporting their peers as Ambassadors, HeadStarters, Newshounds, or members of the Wolverhampton Safeguarding B-Safe Team. 

The stories and links below will give you a taste of all that's been happening through the summer and autumn.

As always, don't forget to follow HeadStart on all of our social media to stay up to date with all things HeadStart.

Everyone at HeadStart Wolverhampton would like to wish you a very Happy Christmas and wonderful 2018.

The festive season can be a very difficult time of year for many people, with the possibility of family conflict, social anxiety, and unrealistic expectations.

We've collated some supportive resources on our new HeadStart Support and Guidance platform

Big News: Successful commissioned organisations for HeadStart Wolverhampton 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.

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.

New date announced - please book now! Free SUMO training for Wolverhampton voluntary sector staff, parents and partner agencies

(The snow postponed the first session, but we've rearranged for Thursday 18th January!)

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. Spaces are limited so please book early.

Other Recent News

Including: HeadStart bases are now open, Gazebo Theatre show us the HeadStart Summer Programme, and HeadStart run anti-bullying workshops!

The HeadStart Support and Guidance Platform

In the last few weeks, HeadStart has launched our new support and guidance site at The new site brings together curated resources from around the web, including our own HeadStart content, to provide information and guidance on a range of wellbeing and mental health issues. Resources are targeted at young people themselves, at parents and families, and at professionals who work with young people.

Please visit the site and let us know what you think! There's a 'Suggest a Resource' button in the top navigation bar on the site - please use this to submit your favourite resources and we can add them to the site.

For an introduction to the features of the platform, you can watch the video below, or read this blog post.

The HeadStart Autumn Conference


The HeadStart Autumn Conference on October 3rd was a fantastic event, with a 'stellar' cast of keynote speakers and workshop leads, including Ruby Wax MBE, Dr. Pooky Knightsmith and Paul McGee. The conference was followed by a community showcase in which young people from a wide range of activities in the HeadStart Summer Programme showcased their projects through performance, film, music and testimonials.

We've uploaded a complete review of the event onto our website, including video of keynotes and workshop sessions, galleries of images, and podcast interviews with keynote speakers and workshop leads:

HeadStart supports #HelloYellow, #iWill and #OrangeWolves Campaigns

During the autumn, HeadStart supported three important campaigns. The 'Hello Yellow' campaign, organised by Young Minds, aimed to raise awareness of mental health issues in young people. The 'I Will' campaign encouraged young people, parents and professionals to make pledges for how they could support the well-being of young people. Finally, HeadStart supported Wolverhampton Safeguarding's 'Orange Wolves' Campaign, which raised awareness of violence and abuse of women.

The HeadStart Podcast and 4YP Shows

Listen to our latest podcasts and 4YP shows, including shows from Bantock Primary and The Orchard Centre, a podcast for World Suicide Prevention Day, interviews with Time To Change Young Champions and more.

Don't forget to subscribe to our podcast on iTunes, or in your favourite podcast app using our RSS feed.

HeadStart Blogs

Blogs posts from Kevin Pace, HeadStart Head of Service, and other HeadStart team members:

HeadStart Ambassador, Newshounds and Young Person Engagement Blogs

Content from young people working with HeadStart:

Follow us on social networks

You can follow HeadStart Wolverhampton on a range of social networks and media sharing platforms: Twitter, FaceBook, YouTube and Instagram

Season's greetings from everyone at HeadStart Wolverhampton, and we'll see you in 2018!