Young people given a HeadStart into the world of work

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Young people from several schools across the city have been recognised for their efforts in two HeadStart Wolverhampton programmes designed to help prepare them for the world of work.

Pupils from Moreton School, Colton Hills Community School, Moseley Park School, The Khalsa Academy, Heath Park School, Ormiston SWB Academy and St Matthias School attended a special celebration event hosted by the Mayor of Wolverhampton Councillor Claire Darke at the Civic Centre today (Tuesday 2 July) after completing the Jumpstart and Work Ready programmes.

Activities within Jumpstart, which is aimed at Year 7 pupils, include exploring and developing employability skills, encouraging students to explore what kinds of jobs that are available and giving them the opportunity to meet with employers to apply the skills and information they have learned.

The second programme, Work Ready, is a continuation of Jumpstart aimed at Year 8 and 9 pupils. Work Ready focuses on aspiration and motivation, skills for work and goal setting to inspire a positive future for the young people involved.

Activities across the sessions included pupils making a giraffe out of just paper and tape, utilising skills such as leadership, team work and resilience to make a seemingly difficult task work. They also had to create posters depicting a job advert from the future, as well as exploring what the world of work could be like in the future when they are old enough to begin work.

Both programmes are commissioned by HeadStart Wolverhampton and delivered by Connexions Wolverhampton and Wolverhampton Education Business Partnership.

Also in attendance at today’s event were the Cabinet Member for Education and Skills Councillor Dr Mike Hardacre, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People Councillor John Reynolds and a number of key regional figures such as Assistant Police Crime Commissioner Ashley Bertie, who delivered a keynote speech and Vital, a local rapper and radio presenter for BBC WM.

Councillor Hardacre, who presented certificates to employers, said: “It is great to see pupils from secondary schools across the city taking part in these programmes.

 “The activities that they include are vital in making sure that young people, our city’s key asset, are prepared for the world of work.”

Councillor Reynolds, who presented certificates to schools part in the programmes, added: “Programmes like Jumpstart and Work Ready not only provide young people with essential knowledge to get them ready for work, but also nurture them and help make the city a better place as a whole.”

Mr Bertie spoke about his experiences growing up, the challenging nature of his job, and why he had chosen to work for the police. He said: “The HeadStart team have delivered an excellent range of motivating and confidence building programmes and have really engaged with the students.”

HeadStart Wolverhampton, part of a £56 million National Lottery funded programme set-up by the National Lottery Community Fund, is designed to improve the emotional mental health and wellbeing of children and young people aged 10 to 16 by giving them the skills they need to cope with the challenges of modern life.

HeadStart Wolverhampton runs a series of specific programmes in its four key target areas: Low Hill, The Scotlands and Bushbury South; Heath Town, Park Village, Eastfield, Springfield and Old Heath; Bilston East; All Saints, Blakenhall, Parkfields and Ettingshall.

Citywide help is available through the HeadStart Wolverhampton Support and Guidance Directory at http://support.headstartonline.co.uk which provides emotional mental health and wellbeing resources from different organisations, including information targeted at young people, parents and carers, and professionals.

To find out more about HeadStart, please visit www.headstartonline.co.uk, follow @headstartfm on Twitter or Instagram, or find HeadStart on Facebook at www.facebook.com/headstartfm.

Connexions Wolverhampton is based at the Civic Centre and provides advice and practical support to help young people achieve their career goals, helping them understand the options open to them after they leave school and helping them make decisions about next steps.

For more information, visit www.connexionswolverhampton.co.uk, email connexions@wolverhampton.gov.uk or call 01902 554499. People can also meet Connexions advisors at the Civic Centre on Wednesdays and Fridays from 1.30pm-4.30pm. Please ask for Connexions at the main reception desk.

Be a part of Headstart this summer

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A summer of fun is promised for young people in Wolverhampton with a range of free HeadStart Wolverhampton activities on offer across the city.

HeadStart Wolverhampton is working alongside Gazebo Theatre, the WV10 Consortium and YMCA Black Country to offer a packed programme of summer activities for young people and their parents or carers.

The programme is designed to support the emotional mental health and wellbeing of young people and families through free fun activities which help boost confidence, encourage teamwork and develop new skills.

The activities are open to children and young people aged between 10 to 16 who live in the four Headstart areas – Low Hill, The Scotlands and Bushbury South; Springfield, Heath Town, Old Heath and Eastfield; All Saints, Blakenhall, Parkfields and Ettingshall, as well as Bilston East.

Councillor John Reynolds, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “It would be great to see as many young people, parents and carers as possible attend these special HeadStart events.

“The activities will not only be fun-filled but will also help support the emotional mental health and wellbeing of young people in Wolverhampton and build their resilience.”

The activities are on offer in the four Headstart areas include:
Low Hill, The Scotlands and Bushbury:

  • Low Hill Family Fun Day, Low Hill Community Centre, Saturday 27 July

  • BushburyFest Family Fun Day, Dickenson Avenue, Wednesday 21 August

Springfield, Heath Town, Old Heath and Eastfield:

  • Fun Day in the Park, Heath Town Park, Saturday 20 July

  • Family Fun Day, Park Village Education Centre, Sunday 21 July

  • Community and Family Sports Day, Guru Nanak Satsang Gurdwara, Cannock Road, Sunday 4 August

  • Community and Family Sports Day, Guru Nanak Satsang Gurdwara, Cannock Road, Sunday 4 August

  • Fun Activities – workshop, safety and wellbeing, arts and crafts and sport, Hope Centre, Heath Town, Wednesday 24 July to Wednesday 14 August

  • Fun Activities – New Park Activities Network, Holy Trinity Church Hall and Heath Town Park, Monday 5 August to Friday 16 August

  • Inter-generational coach trip to Barmouth, Holy Trinity Church Hall, Saturday 10 August

  • Summer Activities and Party in the Park, Stratton Street Community Centre, 19 July – 24 August 2019.

  • Community Fun Day for all, Stratton Street Community Centre, Friday 24 August

  • Family Sports Day, Heath Town Park, Monday 26 August

Bilston East:

  • Bilston in Bloom, Bilston Methodist Church, Thursday 11 July

  • Community Fun Day, Bilston Methodist Church, Saturday 27 July

  • Fun Activities – arts, crafts, board games, play rangers and den making, Lower Bradley Community Centre, Monday 29 July to Friday 23 August

  • Craft Sessions for Families, Bilston Methodist Church, Monday 5 August to Friday 9 August

  • Fun Resilience Sessions, Bilston Methodist Church, Monday 12 August to Friday 16 August

  • Multi Sports Activities – Wolverhampton Wanderers Foundation, WV Active Bilston Bert Williams, Monday 19 August to Friday 23 August

  • Summer Fun Day and Football, Bilston Town Football Club, Queen Street Ground, Sunday 1 September

All Saints, Blakenhall, Parkfields and Ettingshall:

  • All Saints Action Network Annual Festival, All Saints Community Campus, Saturday 20 July

  • AZAAD Arts – Indian Folk and Dance Music, Music Service, Old School Building, Dudley Road, and at the Bob Jones Community Hub, Friday 26 July to Friday 23 August

  • Multi Sports Activities, All Saints Community Campus, Monday 19 August to Friday 30 August (excluding Monday 26 August Bank Holiday)

  • Summer Community Fun Day, Bob Jones Community Hub, Wednesday 21 August.

For a full round-up of all events and further details, please visit www.headstartonline.co.uk/whatson.

HeadStart Wolverhampton, part of a £56 million National Lottery funded programme set-up by the National Lottery Community Fund, is designed to improve the emotional mental health and wellbeing of children and young people aged 10 to 16 by giving them the skills they need to cope with the challenges of modern life.

As well as running a series of specific programmes in its four key target areas, HeadStart Wolverhampton also offers city-wide help through the HeadStart Wolverhampton Support and Guidance Directory at http://support.headstartonline.co.uk which provides emotional mental health and wellbeing resources from different organisations, including information targeted at young people, parents and carers, and professionals.

To find out more about HeadStart, please visit www.headstartonline.co.uk, follow @headstartfm on Twitter or Instagram, or find HeadStart on Facebook at www.facebook.com/headstartfm.

Schools awarded anti-bullying charter status

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Nine schools in Wolverhampton have been awarded anti-bullying charter status by Headstart Wolverhampton’s B-Safe team.

The charter, which is given to schools who demonstrate their commitment to preventing and dealing with bullying among young people, was presented to schools at a prestigious event in the Mayoral Suite at the Civic Centre yesterday (Wednesday 12 June, 2019).

Schools were asked to submit evidence and policies to support an application for a charter award based on statements in the charter, which was then examined by the B-Safe team who selected the schools which deserved to be awarded charter status.

Councillor John Reynolds, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “I believe it is absolutely key that schools in the city who show their commitment towards the prevention of bullying are recognised for the hard work that they put in daily.

“Bullying affects many people, especially in schools, so it is important pupils are educated on how to prevent it and deal with it should it possibly occur.”

The schools who were awarded charter status at this ceremony were:

Moreton School, Bushbury Hill Primary School, St Martin’s Primary School, Grove Primary School, Field View Primary School, Oak Meadow Primary School, SS Peter and Paul Catholic Primary Academy and SS Mary and John’s Catholic Primary Academy.

The B-Safe Team is supported by HeadStart Wolverhampton and reports directly to Wolverhampton Safeguarding Children Board. It aims to make sure that the views and experiences of children and young people are heard, to challenge the work of the Board and its partners and influence the Board’s priorities. It also works to improve the way that the wellbeing of children and young people is promoted, and that they are protected from abuse and neglect.

Linda Sanders, Chair of Wolverhampton’s Safeguarding Board, said: “I’d like to thank the B-Safe team for developing this charter.

“Their hard work is helping to raise awareness of the terrible impact that bullying can have on children and young people, and the steps that people and schools can take to help end bullying for good.”

The schools which were awarded charter status at this ceremony were included Moreton School, Bushbury Hill Primary School, St Martin’s Primary School, Grove Primary School, Field View Primary School, Oak Meadow Primary School, SS Peter and Paul Catholic Primary Academy and SS Mary and John’s Catholic Primary Academy. Representatives from each, including teachers and pupils, were invited to yesterday’s presentation ceremony.

HeadStart Wolverhampton, part of a £56 million National Lottery funded programme set-up by the National Lottery Community Fund, is designed to improve the emotional mental health and wellbeing of children and young people aged 10 to 16 by giving them the skills they need to cope with the challenges of modern life.

HeadStart Wolverhampton runs a series of specific programmes in its four key target areas: Low Hill, The Scotlands and Bushbury South; Heath Town, Park Village, Eastfield, Springfield and Old Heath; Bilston East; All Saints, Blakenhall, Parkfields and Ettingshall.

Citywide help is available through the HeadStart Wolverhampton Support and Guidance Directory at http://support.headstartonline.co.uk which provides emotional mental health and wellbeing resources from different organisations, including information targeted at young people, parents and carers, and professionals.

To find out more about HeadStart, please visit www.headstartonline.co.uk, follow @headstartfm on Twitter or Instagram, or find HeadStart on Facebook at www.facebook.com/headstartfm.

Year 8 and 9 get ‘Work Ready’ at Moreton School with Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner Ashley Bertie

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HeadStart is encouraging local school students to get Work Ready in a new employability programme aiming to enthuse, engage and inspire young people.

The HeadStart team have delivered an excellent range of motivating and confidence building programmes and have really engaged with the students. I was also grilled by mini Jeremy Paxmans for their podcast on policing and community safety. The students really rose to the occasion!
— Ashley Bertie, Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner, West Midlands

Work Ready targets young people who may need additional support to ensure they develop self-confidence and high aspirations. The 6-part programme is delivered over two years in HeadStart secondary schools.

Sharlie Morais, HeadStart Placement Officer based in the Connexions Team, is leading the Work Ready programme. Sharlie helps young people identify the key skills and qualities required for success in any career. Sharlie delivers aspirational workshops, designed to inspire passion and support young people to visualise and plan their pathway to success.

In addition to a range of fun career-focused activities, local employers are invited to speak to students about their career journey. 

On 6th February, Moreton School students met the Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands. Ashley Bertie works alongside the Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson, to set the priorities for policing in our area, decide on the budgets for West Midlands Police and challenge the Chief Constable and police leadership to continually improve local policing.

Ashley asked the students to identify and discuss the core skills, qualities and behaviours required in his challenging role in public service. He listened carefully as they shared their experiences of police work in the city and their ideas for improving the lives and safety of young people. The students then challenged Ashley with some tough questions of their own. You can listen to Ashley’s interview in the podcast available below:

Thanks to Ashley for visiting Moreton to share both his experiences and inspirational words.

Look out for more about the Work Ready programme on the HeadStart website soon!

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Video and press release: City’s young people urge MPs to support emotional wellbeing

Video: join Keisha, Anoopjit, David and Cristina from HeadStart Wolverhampton on their House of Commons adventure.

Press release below modified from City Of Wolverhampton Council: original link here

HeadStart Ambassador Cristina discussing young people’s mental health support at the Parliamentary event.

HeadStart Ambassador Cristina discussing young people’s mental health support at the Parliamentary event.

Young people from HeadStart Wolverhampton travelled to Westminster to highlight the need for support around children and young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing.

Young people and representatives from HeadStart Wolverhampton met with MPs and government officials in a learning event, organised by The National Lottery Community Fund on Tuesday 5 February, which was designed to celebrate the ground-breaking work of the HeadStart programme across the country.

Mini Ambassadors Keisha (12), Anoopjit (13), and David (13), talked to MPs about some of the support available in Wolverhampton, and their own experiences with HeadStart.

Also in attendance was HeadStart Ambassador Cristina Wilde, who has worked with HeadStart Wolverhampton since the start of the programme and is now training to become a mental health nurse.

Cristina said: “HeadStart is a really important part of our community. It’s all about the young people, with activities designed specifically for them. I feel really privileged to be a part of the HeadStart programme and, as an Ambassador, I have been able to influence the support offered across the city.”

About the parliamentary event, Cristina added: “Mental health support for young people is so important. It was great to speak with MPs and other officials about the amazing work we do in Wolverhampton and how we can build on this in the future.

“Mental health affects everyone and it’s important that support for young people is readily available. I’m excited to see what happens next, and how we can continue to support young people and remove the stigma attached to mental health.”

HeadStart is a really important part of our community. It’s all about the young people, with activities designed specifically for them. I feel really privileged to be a part of the HeadStart programme and, as an Ambassador, I have been able to influence the support offered across the city.
— Cristina Wilde, HeadStart Ambassador
David, Anoopjit and Keisha speak to professionals at the event

David, Anoopjit and Keisha speak to professionals at the event

Councillor Paul Sweet, City of Wolverhampton Council Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, added “The HeadStart programme, working in partnership with City of Wolverhampton Council, voluntary groups and other services across the city, has made great strides in embedding emotional wellbeing support in all aspects of a young person’s life.

“The National Lottery Community Fund’s learning event was a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness of all the good work going on in Wolverhampton to a wider audience. It’s wonderful to see our young people engaging with MPs to discuss the importance of mental health support.”

The HeadStart programme, working in partnership with City of Wolverhampton Council, voluntary groups and other services across the city, has made great strides in embedding emotional wellbeing support in all aspects of a young person’s life.
— Councillor Paul Sweet
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HeadStart Wolverhampton, part of a £56m programme set-up by the National Lottery Community Fund, is designed to improve the emotional mental health and wellbeing of children and young people aged 10 to 16 by giving them the skills they need to cope with the challenges of modern life.

As well as running a series of specific programmes in its four key target areas, HeadStart Wolverhampton offers city-wide help through a Support and Guidance Directory at support.headstartonline.co.uk which provides emotional mental health and wellbeing resources from different organisations, including information targeted at young people, parents and carers, and professionals.

A screen from a digital presentation used by Mini Ambassadors to share the HeadStart Wolverhampton programme with MPs

A screen from a digital presentation used by Mini Ambassadors to share the HeadStart Wolverhampton programme with MPs


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