'Reading Well for Mental Health': HeadStart supports launch of new mental health book collection through Wolverhampton Libraries

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Wolverhampton Libraries and Wolverhampton Healthy Minds are joining forces today to launch a new book collection.

The Reading Well for Mental Health collection provides helpful information and support for managing common mental health conditions or for dealing with difficult feelings and experiences.

Some books also include personal stories from people who are living with or caring for someone with mental health needs.

The collection will be hosted at Central Library, though sets of the recommended reads will also be available from Bilston, Warstones and Wednesfield libraries and can also be reserved free of charge at other libraries in Wolverhampton.
— Press Release, City Of Wolverhampton Council

HeadStart Community Development Coordinator Elaine Higgins is at the launch today, sharing information and advice from HeadStart to members of the public who are attending.

Thanks to Wolverhampton Libraries and Healthy Minds for launching this wonderful scheme!

 Reading Well For Mental Health.  Ann-Marie Deans making the most of Emotional Health books now available for young people and adults in Wolverhampton Libraries.

Reading Well For Mental Health.  Ann-Marie Deans making the most of Emotional Health books now available for young people and adults in Wolverhampton Libraries.

 Planning together for positive Mental Health. Elaine Higgins, HeadStart Community Development Co-ordinator, and Katherine Brown, WEA Adult Learning Within Reach, at Wolverhampton Central Library today - 'Reading Well For Mental Health'

Planning together for positive Mental Health. Elaine Higgins, HeadStart Community Development Co-ordinator, and Katherine Brown, WEA Adult Learning Within Reach, at Wolverhampton Central Library today - 'Reading Well For Mental Health'

HeadStart supports "The Art of Emotional Well-being and Resilience" anti-bullying conference for Wolverhampton young people

On the morning of Friday 6th July 2018, HeadStart supported a wonderful conference at Wolverhampton Science Park, entitled "The Art of Emotional Well-being and Resilience". Over 100 young people and teachers from around the city attended the event, organised by Aladdin's Education in collaboration with HeadStart, PlanIT Global, and School of Coding.

The person you step on, on the way up, might be the same person you need as a friend on the way down
— Donald Brown

The event was opened by The Mayor Of Wolverhampton, Councillor Phil Page, and the keynote speaker at the event was renowned sculptor, international athlete and motivational speaker Donald Brown. Donald unveiled his astonishing sculpture 'A Sporting Chance for Peace', and used the amazing, intricate details of the sculpture as the context for a dynamic, engaging, and thoroughly entertaining discussion on the importance for young people of self-respect, compassion, and pursuing their passions. The young people at the event were both inspired and challenged by Donald.

 'A Sporting Chance For Peace', Donald Brown's stunning, thought-provoking sculpture.

'A Sporting Chance For Peace', Donald Brown's stunning, thought-provoking sculpture.

Donald was joined on stage by poet Maurice Malcolm, who mixed humour with social messages in two energetic and thought-provoking performances.

The event also included short presentations from:

Many thanks to all of the schools who brought young people along to this fantastic event!


Quotes from Donald Brown's
keynote presentation

Having a lot of money doesn’t make you wealthy in life.
You can spread your wings and fly … but first you need to become like the whale, diving deep, pushing your limitations
Don’t wait for other people to acknowledge your greatness … own it
When you lose, you learn … and can turn a negative into a positive

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Celebrating co-produced digital work at The Grand Theatre: The HeadStart Category at The Digis 2018!

Every year, HeadStart partner, Wolverhampton Learning Technologies Team, organises a fantastic digital learning awards ceremony, The Digis. The Digis rewards schools across the city for their amazing digital work, including short films, music, animations, 3D designs and more, bringing young people and parents together to two classy awards ceremonies at The Grand Theatre; an afternoon ceremony for Early Years and Key Stage 1 children, and an evening ceremony for Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 5 children.

During the evening ceremony of Digis 2018, HeadStart Senior Young Person Engagement Coordinator Sunita Pallan-Jhalli, presented the awards in the special HeadStart category. From a field of five shortlisted entries, HeadStart Ambassadors selected the video blog of Aman from Khalsa Academy as the winning entry. Congratulations, Aman!

A montage of shortlisted entries for The HeadStart Category.

Digis 2018 was even bigger and better than last year, with a packed Grand Theatre of young people, parents and family members, celebrating the  amazing talent and creativity of students from across the city. For a complete list of Digis 2018 winners, visit here. For more about the Digis, visit the Learning Technologies Team website.

An introduction to HeadStart for young people and parents / families at The Digis 2018


A few photos from Digis 2018

What a way to start the weekend! The Mayor's Community Breakfast with HeadStart Mini Ambassadors

As part of celebrations for the Community Weekend organised by the Mayor of the West Midlands, our HeadStart Mini Ambassadors organised a free community breakfast morning on the morning of Saturday 30th June.

The event was fantastic, with approximately 100 people attending from the local community, both young and old!

Andy Street, the Mayor of the West Midlands presented certificates and a trophy to the Mini Ambassadors for organising the event. Meanwhile, FREE radio attended to interview both HeadStart staff and attendees.

Matt Poole, Senior Head of Regional Grant Making, West Midlands at Big Lottery also attended and thought it was a great event to kick start the Mayor’s Community Weekend.

Activities included:

  • Dhol playing by Azaad Dhol
  • Bhangra Dancing, DJ Tony Jhalli
  • Boxercise, YMCA Black Country Group
  • Blakenhall Scouts did a display about the activities they were involved in and encouraged young people to join
Community groups across the region have been fantastic in getting involved to make this first Mayor’s Community Weekend a real success.

It’s been brilliant to get out and about to see such a variety of different events taking place right across the region, celebrating the great community spirit we have here in the West Midlands. Thank you to everybody who put on events, thank you to the Big Lottery Fund and their National Lottery funding and I hope to see more events like this happening in the future.
— Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands

The mini-ambassadors hosted the event, and showed great confidence in making all the announcements, and directing activities.

Such a fantastic event organised by the HeadStart Mini-Ambassadors! It was good to see so many people from the local community. I enjoyed the bhangra and the dhol playing which created a great atmosphere
— Shashi Kambo, local resident

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Eat and Meet with our mini Ambassadors at a *Free* Community Breakfast on Saturday 30th June

As part of celebrations for the Community Weekend organised by the Mayor of the West Midlands, our HeadStart Mini Ambassadors are delighted to announce that they have organised a free community breakfast morning on Saturday 30th June.

The young people from Colton Hills School, aged 11-13 years, submitted a successful bid to The Mayor for money to organise and run this great event. Come along to The Bob Jones Community Hub on Bromley Street to:

  • Enjoy a free continental breakfast and quench your Saturday morning thirst with delicious fruit smoothies.
  • Meet the fantastic HeadStart Mini Ambassadors themselves
  • Participate in healthy living activities, including boxercise and keep fit.
  • Get creative with arts and crafts, dance, and dhol drumming.
  • Learn more about what HeadStart are doing to support young people and families across Wolverhampton

This fantastic event will run from 9:30am until 11:30am. There's no need to book places, just come on down and enjoy the food and fun, We'd love to see you there!

If you'd like any further information, please contact Manjit Singh Cheema, HeadStart Community Development Co-ordinator by email at Manjit.cheema2@wolverhampton.gov.uk or phone on 07717 733051.

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