Find out how these young people weathered the storm!

During the recent HeadStart trip to towers a lot of young peoples resilience was tested. This is snow joke. These young people in the gruelling conditions that “the Beast from the East” has brought with the mountainous terrain of wales could break even the toughest of young people. It was as cold as -3℃ in some parts of the day.

 

But despite the bitter conditions these young people managed to not only prevail the freezing cold but also had a lot of exciting adventurous at the same time. These young people despite having over half a foot of snow in some parts of wales, managed to go skying, climbing, zip wiring and do many other activities. 

 

1. Wrapping up warm

 

During the whole day in the bitter cold mountains these young people managed to combat the cold. Luckily lots of them prepared before hand for horrific conditions however a few young people forgot some key clothing items that were essential to keep warm. One was thick socks, a lot of these young people only brought regular cotton socks. However many of them used their inactive to use two socks to try and keep there feet warm. Luckily nobody’s feet fell off and the young people learned to always double check and prepare for the worst.

 

2. Overcoming fears!

 

Many young people had a lot of fears when it come to certain activities. One young person in particular found it very difficult to do the zip wire activity. Fearing that the rope might snap and leave them in the freezing water as the zip wire went across a pond. However despite having a major fear for heights managed to convince themselves to jump off and put some trust in the rope. Afterwards they felt rewarded and now know that sometimes being outside their comfort zone is a good thing.

 

3. Shoulder to shoulder

 

In these conditions a lot of young people felt tired and very cold. However all of the developed very strong bonds. This is because they all had to achieve the same if not very similar goals. Sometimes these young people had to work in a team but even when working as individuals managed to respect each other more. This taught them the importance of friendship and how working together can help achieve there own goals.

 

4. NO PHONES? 

 

With a lot of young people today the idea of not having their phone is a living nightmare. However these young people managed to overcome this, socialising and communicating together in their spare time. Many of them playing pool, and drinking hot chocolate together. This goes to show how young people are willing to adapt to change when it comes to having no internet. 

 

5. One step further

 

The young people have had quiet a challenging few days whilst in towers. However through sheer determination have managed to overcome the obstacles that faced them during their time. Now moving on they should be able to use the skills they have learned during the trip in other areas of their life such as school, home and further in the future. This is the key skill they learned being able to adapt to their environment to make the best of the situation, this is what HeadStart is all about improving the resilience of young people in any situation they may face.

Meeting the standard: the B-Safe Team award anti-bullying charter status to Wolverhampton schools

Last year, as part of their work supporting safeguarding priorities around the city, the B-Safe team, Wolverhampton's Junior Safeguarding Board, were asked to work together to describe standards which they felt schools should meet in dealing with bullying. The team then carefully structured these standards to form a citywide anti-bullying charter.

Wolverhampton schools were asked to submit evidence and policies to support an application for a charter award based on the statements in the charter. Thirty eight Wolverhampton schools submitted applications, including primaries, secondaries, and special schools. The B-Safe team rigorously examined the applications, matching the submitted evidence to their standards, and requesting additional evidence from schools where necessary.

Of the 38 schools who applied, 20 were awarded the charter award, with several other schools being given 'working towards' status.

Successful schools were invited to an awards event at The Bob Jones Community Hub on Wednesday 28th March. The B-Safe team introduced the event, which was compèred by Steve Dodd from Wolverhampton Safeguarding Board. Linda Sanders, the independent chair of the Safeguarding Award, spoke glowingly of the work the B-Safe team at the event, and awarded trophies to the schools to recognise their new anti-bullying status.

The B-Safe Team will be re-opening applications for new schools soon, so more schools can demonstrate their commitment to preventing and dealing with bullying in young people.

Wolverhampton schools who have achieved anti-bullying charter status:

  • Northwood Park Primary
  • St Luke's Ce Primary
  • Trinity CE Primary
  • Wodensfield Primary
  • Eastfield Primary
  • Edward the Elder Primary
  • Bushbury Hill Primary
  • Aldersley High
  • St Michael's CE Primary
  • Colton Hills Community School
  • Penn Hall School
  • Loxdale Primary
  • Woden Primary
  • Palmer's Cross Primary
  • Holy Trinity Catholic Primary
  • Stow Heath Primary
  • Heath Park
  • Dunstall Hill Primary
  • Bilston CE Primary
  • Moseley Park School

Congratulations to all of the successful schools.

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The work of the B-Safe team in designing and evaluating their anti-bullying charter award is another fantastic example of co-production in our city

If you're not familiar with the concept of co-production, here's a quick video clip to help!

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Video: 'Mind your health' at Bob Jones Community Hub

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'Mind your Health' was a free drop-in event for young people and families at the Bob Jones Community Hub on Wednesday 21 March. It was part of 'Live, Learn, Work' – a series of events for residents in March.

The drop-in session offered the chance to participate in fun workshops including creative arts, dance, and fitness from a range of local organisations, and to find out about the facilities available at the Bob Jones Community Hub, including the gym, dance studio, martial arts, yoga and more. The HeadStart Wolverhampton team were on hand to offer support and advice on local services available for young people, parents and families. 

Our HeadStart Newshounds dropped by to capture it all, and to speak to our Ambassadors and Mini Ambassadors about their work supporting HeadStart. Here is their video!

Big news! Fun and engaging activities to develop emotional well-being and resilience begin next week

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As part of our commissioned work with selected providers around the city, we are delighted to announce that a range of activities will be available, free of charge to 10-16 year olds and families, beginning next week in the following areas of the city:

  • Heath Town, Park Village, Eastfield, Springfield and Old Heath
  • Bilston East.
  • All Saints, Blakenhall, Parkfields and Ettingshall

Activities run through the Easter holidays and continue into the school summer term. They are designed to develop and support the emotional well-being and resilience of young people, to improve family relationships, and to support parents in understanding the challenges faced by their children.

Summer term activities in the Low Hill, Scotlands and Bushbury South area will be announced later.

Find out more about these activities below and how to get involved below!

Activities for young people and families in Heath Town, Park Village, Eastfield, Springfield and Old Heath

(Please note: 'Active Bodies, Active Minds' sessions at Eastfield Community Centre on Wednesday afternoons have changed times, and will now start at 5:30pm)

Activities are run by Black Country YMCA and begin on 3rd April. (Please note that the Monday activity will not take place on 2nd April, as this is a Bank Holiday). They follow a weekly timetable, repeating until the start of June, with sessions run from Eastfield Community Centre, Park Village Education Centre, and Holy Trinity Church Hall.

Activities are:

  • Relax and Craft
  • Active Bodies, Active Minds
  • Let's Talk ... Mental Health
  • Food & Mood

For details of each of the activities, and for detailed timetables, please download the flyer below:

All children and parents/carers need to register to attend an activity. Please contact the YMCA HeadStart team to book your place and to request a consent form: call 01902 371562 or email Kathryn.Hickman@ymcabc.org.uk. All children must bring a completed consent form with them to their first activity.


Activities for young people and families in Bilston East

Activities are led by Gazebo Theatre, and begin on 3rd April, with sessions running throughout the Easter holidays from Bilston Town Hall and Lower Bradley Community Centre. Activities are:

  • Promoting self esteem and well being through drama, craft, music, dance, and poetry
  • Family learning and family play: family fun time to build relationships through shared experiences 

For detailed timetables, please download the flyer.

There is no need to book places on these sessions, please just drop-by at the right place and the right time. (Please note that parents / carers will be required to complete consent forms for young people involved in activities). For further information, please contact Gazebo Theatre on 01902 497222

Details of Summer Term activities in Bilston East are coming soon.


Activities for young people and families in All Saints, Blakenhall, Parkfields and Ettingshall

Activities are run by Black Country YMCA and begin on 3rd April. (Please note that the Monday activity will not take place on 2nd April, as this is a Bank Holiday). They follow a weekly timetable, repeating until the start of June, with sessions run from Bob Jones Community Hub and All Saints Community Centre.

Activities are:

  • Relax and Craft
  • Active Bodies, Active Minds
  • Let's Talk ... Mental Health
  • Food & Mood

For details of each of the activities, and for detailed timetables, please download the flyer below:

All children and parents/carers need to register to attend an activity. Please contact the YMCA HeadStart team to book your place and to request a consent form: call 01902 371562 or email Kathryn.Hickman@ymcabc.org.uk. All children must bring a completed consent form with them to their first activity.

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

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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.