Great news! Low Hill Community Centre becomes Wolverhampton’s first Healthy Living Hub

  WV10’s Got Talent at Low Hill Community Centre

WV10’s Got Talent at Low Hill Community Centre

Great news from one of our HeadStart Community bases at Low Hill; the Community Centre has become Wolverhampton’s first Healthy Living Hub.

HeadStart is working closely with the team at the centre to raise awareness of good emotional health and wellbeing and to ensure that healthy living messages incorporate the importance good mental health too.

Our mini Ambassadors from nearby Moreton School have also been working closely with the centre, including on the recent talent shows - see here for more.

Congratulations to the team at Low Hill Community Centre on this great news.

Press release below taken from City Of Wolverhampton Council

Read the full press release here (released 3rd December 2018)


A community centre has celebrated its 80th anniversary by becoming Wolverhampton's first Healthy Living Hub.

Low Hill Community Centre marked its milestone with a tea party recently, during which the Mayor of Wolverhampton Councillor Phil Page unveiled a plaque officially declaring it a Healthy Living Hub.

It means visitors to the community centre can now receive a wealth of health and wellbeing advice and services, with health champions on hand to show people how to access online support, for instance to help stop smoking or reduce their alcohol consumption, and refer them to appropriate health services such as their GP for an NHS Health Check or community pharmacy for advice on medication or minor ailments.

The Healthy Living Hub also has a dedicated health promotion zone, while the community centre itself offers a wide range of services which support health and wellbeing in some way, including a gym, health and fitness sessions, martial arts and activities for families and young people such as cooking sessions, art and crafts and dance and drama.

Councillor Hazel Malcolm, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: "The Healthy Living Hub model enables communities to get involved and help bring about better health outcomes for local residents.

"The initiative at Low Hill is building on the fantastic work already undertaken by the community centre which, for the last 80 years, has provided a focal point for the people of Low Hill, The Scotlands and Bushbury."

Lina Martino, Consultant in Public Health with the City of Wolverhampton Council, said: “The volunteers at Low Hill Community Centre should be extremely proud of their achievements in becoming the city’s first Healthy Living Hub.


"They have demonstrated fantastic leadership in bringing together a range of local organisations to look at ways to support people to improve their health and wellbeing. Their health champions are able to engage with people that may not have frequent contact with health professionals and let them know about what support is available to them in the community.

"It was very fitting to be able to mark their accomplishment at their 80th anniversary celebrations and we congratulate them for their outstanding efforts.”

Tony Blakeway, manager of Low Hill Community Association, said: "It is great that the community centre has come so far over the years and that is down to the dedication of our volunteers who strive to make our community stronger and better.

"We were delighted to host this event to celebrate our history and to recognise our contribution to improving health and wellbeing of local people in line with what people want and need."

The drive to become a Healthy Living Hub came about thanks to a collaboration between a range of partners, including the community association, pharmacies, local volunteers and the Public Health Team at the City of Wolverhampton Council.

It saw members of the community association teamed up with volunteers from Low Hill Nursery to undertake accredited training through Adult Education Wolverhampton to become qualified health champions.

Community organisations interested in finding out more about becoming a Healthy Living Hub are asked to contact Riva Eardley, Pharmacy Support Officer at the City of Wolverhampton Council, by emailing or calling 01902 554208.

Read the full press release here (released 3rd December 2018)

Exploring how religious faith and communities can support mental health and wellbeing: the Interfaith Wolverhampton Conference 2018

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On Saturday, HeadStart was delighted to support the Interfaith Wolverhampton Mental Health Conference, with its theme of ‘Perceptions of Mental Health from Different Faiths’.

The conference took place at The Royal School, Wolverhampton, and featured a range of guest speakers from different faith backgrounds, speaking on their understanding of mental health and mental health issues in their faiths, and how faith communities can support local people.

Common themes from the speakers included:

  • the need for faiths to be inclusive, and to recognise and celebrate the individuality of believers

  • the importance of faith and faith communities in providing hope and belonging to people struggling with mental health challenges

The event was opened by the Mayor Of Wolverhampton, Councillor Phil Page. The keynote speaker was Lesley Writtle, Chief Executive of NHS Primary Partnership Trust.

HeadStart mini Ambassadors from All Saints, Blakenhall, Parkfields and Ettingshall tested the knowledge of delegates with their mental health quiz, and shocked them with statistics about the problems faced by young people today. Well done to them!

Other speakers included:

  • The Right Honourable Pat McFadden, MP for Wolverhampton SE

  • Hazel Malcolm from The Health and Emotional Wellbeing Service, City of Wolverhampton Council

  • Louise Franklin from Compton Care

  • Mai Gibbons from HeadStart Wolverhampton

  • Ven. Tejwant Banti (Buddhism)

  • Mr Bhajan Devsi (Sikhism)

  • Mr Toby (Islam)

  • Jayashree (Hinduism)

  • Reverend Emma Louise (Christianity)

Finally, HeadStart Ambassador Cristina shared her ‘live story’ with delegates, describing her journey from first getting involved with HeadStart to now training as a mental health nurse. Thank you Cristina!

The lead organiser of the event was Councillor Jasbinder Dehar, the Vice Chair of Interfaith Wolverhampton.

It was a fascinating and positive morning, and reinforced how religious faith can and should bring people together. Thank you to Interfaith Wolverhampton for organising the conference, and to all the speakers who made it an inspiring event.

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Mental health issues don’t choose people from particular backgrounds. Let’s not lose the moment.

Quotes from Interfaith Wolverhampton speakers:

We all have mental health, just like we all have physical health
Practise contentment and gentleness
We need to interpret our holy books carefully to make sure that we’re not doing harm to people
Being a faith community is about love and compassion and inclusiveness and honesty
The present is important. It’s today. It’s the here and now … spirituality and faith are part of what makes someone unique.
When I meet someone, it’s important not to see them as their illness. What makes them unique? What makes you, you?

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HeadStart Community Consultation Workshops, Wednesday 21st November 2018

On Wednesday 21st November, representatives from the Wolverhampton voluntary sector and other local organisations working in the community were invited to attend two workshops exploring the future sustainability of HeadStart.

The two workshops took place at The Bob Jones Community Hub in the morning, and at Aladdin’s Education Centre in the afternoon.

HeadStart is working with an experienced consultant to kick-start preparations for when HeadStart Big Lottery funding comes to an end in 2020/21. A Sustainability Strategy is being developed for April 2019, and during the sessions community stakeholders were consulted on the impact of the programme, what they have valued in terms of the activities in their area and why. This, along with other information, such as evidence from the formal evaluation, will help inform priorities and areas for potential focus in the Sustainability Strategy.

Attendees at the workshops participated in a range of discussions and collaborative exercises, supported by the HeadStart team and consultant Lisa Williams. The workshops were well attended, and Lisa was impressed with how strategic the community stakeholders were in approaching sustainability questions, as well as how passionate and committed they were to sustaining support for local young people and families.

Consultations on other elements of the HeadStart programme including work in schools and our co-production toolkits, will be taking place over the coming weeks and months.


Come and have your say, and share your thoughts on the future of HeadStart in the community

Come and have your say: HeadStart Community Consultation Workshops, Wednesday 21st November 2018

Choose from two workshops (please don’t attend both!)

Wed. Nov 21st, 9.30 am to 12pm at Bob Jones Community Hub, Bromley Street, Wolverhampton, WV2 3AS


Wed. Nov 21st, 1pm to 3.30 pm at Aladdin’s Education, Cannock Rd, Wolverhampton, WV10 0RA


HeadStart was funded by the Big Lottery to test different approaches and projects which aim to improve emotional mental health and wellbeing in young people aged 10 to16.

There have been a number of projects happening in the four HeadStart geographical areas as part of HeadStart since 2016 and the HeadStart team are now consulting with people who live and work in those areas about the impact and future of the project. The funding from Big Lottery finishes in 2020 and this consultation is the start of thinking together about what, if anything, should be kept going with help from other funders and the commitment of the community.

Please come along to the workshop. It doesn’t matter if you have had lots or very little contact with the programme, we need your help to think about the following;

  • What difference has HeadStart made in this area?

  • What are the best parts of the programme and why?

  • On what criteria should decisions about the future of HeadStart be made?

  • How can you help us to find out more about how HeadStart is helping people?

A number of workshops and focus groups are being held as part of the consultation so we will hear from a range of young people, parents, residents and service providers in the areas. This workshop will be mainly focused on the aims and impact specifically of community-based projects for young people, parents and families.

If you would like to attend and haven’t already booked your place on the workshop, please email Jayne Watters at

We look forward to seeing you on the 21st November 2018.

Find out about the new Beam Wolverhampton service for young people at the Beam launch event, Wednesday 12th December

What is Beam Wolverhampton?

Beam Wolverhampton is a brand new mental and emotional health and well-being service for the children and young people of Wolverhampton, provided by the team at The Children’s Society, and supported by City Of Wolverhampton Council, Wolverhampton CCG, and HeadStart Wolverhampton.

The Beam Wolverhampton drop-in is a friendly place for young people to spend time, play games and talk to someone about how they’re feeling. In addition to under 18s, Beam also welcomes anyone up to 25 who may be living with a disability or is a care leaver.

There are two drop-in sessions every week:

  • Mondays 11am – 3pm at The Way Youth Zone, School Street, Wolverhampton, WV3 0NR

  • Wednesdays 1pm – 5pm at Eastfield Community Centre, Colliery Road, Eastfield, Wolverhampton, WV1 2QY

It’s your time, your choice, and you don’t need to make an appointment – just drop in.

Find out more: The Beam Wolverhampton Launch Event, Wednesday 12th December

The Beam team welcome children, young people, families, carers, teachers and anyone who works with young people to learn more about Beam at The Beam Launch Event from 3:30pm until 7pm, on Wednesday 12th December, at The Molineux Stadium.

Activities and showcases will include:

  • Mini wellbeing workshops

  • 1:1 therapy role plays

  • Testimonals from young people about their experiences of Beam Wolverhampton

  • A mindfulness and relaxation corner!

  • Drop-in role play

  • Guest speakers from The Children’s Society and local supporting services working with Beam.

Plus a very special performance by local grime artist and performer Vital!

Food and refreshments will be provided all evening. There’ll also be raffle prizes to be won and goodie bags to take away.

Would you like to attend the launch event?

Get in touch to let Beam Wolverhampton know if you’d like to attend: email with your name and details.