Learn about Emotional Wellbeing and Resilience in a Free Two Day Workshop for Parents

HeadStart partners Wider Learning, following on from their successful Adult HEROs programmes in the community earlier in the year, have organised a new two day workshops for parents or carers who are interested in developing skills in behaviour management and positive communication, and in understanding more about the wellbeing strategies being promoted by the HeadStart team in schools.

This two day workshop will take place at St. Stephen’s CE Primary School on Woden Road, WV10 0BB on the following dates:

  • Thursday 4th October, 9:30 am until 2:30pm

  • Thursday 11th October, 9:30am until 2:30pm

Places are free! To find out more, or to book places, please contact Sue Westwood or Beth Wynn-Williams on 07508 358428 or at info@widerlearning.com.

Download a poster below:

Live blog from Getting Ahead at Panteinion Hall


(27th September, 2018)

Getting Ahead is one of HeadStart’s targeted interventions to build emotional wellbeing, confidence and resilience, and today we’re joining you live from Panteinion Hall and nearby Fairbourne. Selected young people from Wolverhampton primary schools SS Mary and John, and St. Teresa’s, on the second day of their three day HeadStart residential, are working with HeadStart on a wide range of activities to build confidence, teamwork and communication skills.

Yesterday, the young people had participated in a range of digital activities, including digital orienteering with QR codes, and being introduced to their digital journals.

Today, the focus is on new experiences: pony trekking, beach play and team building, and kite building and flying at sunset! As the day goes on, I’ll be sharing photos, audio and video from the activities, via the wonder of mobile technology!

9:49am - Preparing for Pony trekking


10:45am - On the trail


11:20am - Back at the stables

11:30am - On the beach! 

Creative challenge - building stone sculptures



High tide at the moment, but the sand will be appearing soon! 


12:15 - Lunch


1pm - Beach games

We have sand! 


For a number of the young people, this is their first experience of the beach. Today is a beautiful day to experience it for the first time!


3pm - Back to Panteinion Hall for a change of clothes and some kite building

We’re heading back to the beach for some sunset kite-building later! 


6:30pm - Back to the beach to fly their kites


What a fantastic day of new experiences and new friendships! 

More media coming soon, including quotes, additional video footage and more.

Watch now! Fantastic Newshounds videos share the impact of a HeadStart Summer of wellbeing, fun and friendship

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The HeadStart Summer 2018 programme was a great success, supporting the emotional wellbeing of young people and families through free activities which boosted confidence, encouraged teamwork and developed new skills.

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Activities focussed on our four HeadStart target areas:

  • Low Hill, The Scotlands and Bushbury South, where the main programme was led by our partners WV10 Consortium

  • Springfield, Heath Town, Old Heath and Eastfield, in partnership with Black Country YMCA

  • Bilston East, in partnership with Gazebo Theatre

  • All Saints, Blakenhall, Parkfields, and Ettingshall, in partnership with Black Country YMCA

There were lots of other HeadStart-funded activities too, organised through a range of wonderful voluntary sector organisations, and all shared with young people and parents through our ‘What’s On’ guide and our FaceBook, Twitter and Instagram pages, as well as through posters, flyers and

Now, thanks to the amazing HeadStart Newshounds media team, we can share some fantastic videos from the summer programme, showcasing just a few of the activities that took place, and speaking to the young people, parents and families about the impact that participating this summer had for them!

… so sit back and enjoy the videos and don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more great content from HeadStart Wolverhampton. Want to watch the videos one after the other? Here’s a YouTube playlist that contains them all.

#HeadStartSummer with the HeadStart Newshounds

Low Hill, Scotlands and Bushbury South

Heath Town, Park Village, Eastfield, Springfield and Old Heath

Bilston East

All Saints, Blakenhall, Parkfields and Ettingshall

Colton Hills HeadStart mini Ambassadors and HeadStarters provide support and guidance to new Year 7

The transition from primary to secondary school is a big deal for any young person. Year 6 pupils are the oldest and ‘wisest’ in their primary school. They might have been together with classmates since Reception, growing up together, making friends, falling out, and making friends again. Each day, they’ve spent most of their time in a single classroom, with known and familiar routines. They know and understand how primary school works.

Then, on the flip side of a long six week holiday, all that changes ...
— from 'Smoothing the transition. 17 ideas for parents and carers supporting young people', a blog post from HeadStart Wolverhampton for #MovingOnUp

Our Year 8 HeadStart mini Ambassadors and HeadStarters at Colton Hills knew the challenges of moving up to secondary school; they had experienced the transition just a year before!

They wanted to put a programme in place to support the new Year 7 students, and worked with the HeadStart Young Person Engagement and Schools teams to co-produce and deliver a programme of support activities and discussion.


Listen to Esha, one of the HeadStart Ambassadors describing the work of mini Ambassaors and what they’re trying to achieve in the transition programme:

Following a day of workshops and training last Thursday, 6th February, the young people led a series of workshops for the new Year 7s on Friday, introducing them to key HeadStart ideas, and working with them on discussions based on ‘The Needs Mat’ and ‘The Feelings Ball’, and team-building activities like the Lilly Pads.

Chris, one of the Activity Facilitators for Black Country YMCA, introduced the new Year 7s to the HeadStart community programme for All Saints, Blakenhall, Parkfields and Ettingshall, and encouraged the students to get involved and to share ideas and feedback to drive the development of new activities in the area.

The sessions were a great success as part of Colton Hills’ wider programme to support transition, and a wonderful example of co-production in action.

Hansa, HeadStart Young Person Engagement Coordinator, introduces the programme:


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More photos and video from a fantastic #HeadStartSummer

Well, the summer holidays flew by!

There's been so much happening around the city as part of our HeadStart Summer Programme #HeadStartSummer, with our commissioned providers and HeadStart staff leading and supporting programmes and activities around all four of our target areas in the city. A huge thanks from everyone at HeadStart to the young people, families and professionals who have been working together to build resilience and wellbeing.

The HeadStart programme continues into the new term, with updated timetables coming soon, so don't forget to check the 'What's On?' guide for the latest.

Here are a few more photos and video clips from events! (Click onto image thumbnails to see full-size).

Dhol Drumming at The Old School (All Saints, Blakenhall, Parkfields and Ettingshall)

Low Hill WV10 Celebration Events (Low Hill, Scotlands and Bushbury South)

Eastfield Community Fun Day (Heath Town, Park Village, Eastfield, Springfield and Old Heath)

The HeadStart Residential at Condover Hall with the B-Safe Team, Youth Council, Children in Care Council