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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HeadStart co-production leaders from national partnerships share their good news, learning and challenges with Big Lottery

The HeadStart programme nationally has always believed strongly in co-production, the idea that in developing any service that works with young people their voices needs to be heard, and that their thoughts, experiences and ideas need to drive decision-making.

The HeadStart base at The Bob Jones Community Hub played host yesterday to a great sharing and learning event for representatives from five of the six national HeadStart partnerships and from the leadership team for HeadStart at The Big Lottery Fund.

Co-production and young person engagement leads and staff from Blackpool, Cornwall, Hull, Kent and Wolverhampton met to share their experiences of working with young people in their areas, putting young people in the driving seat of HeadStart to:

  • design activities and interventions that meet their needs
  • hold professionals and organisations working for or with HeadStart to account, evaluating the impact of HeadStart within their communities and schools
  • make decisions on the allocation of funding to community and school-based projects
  • create and share media exploring their lives and challenges, and to raise awareness of emotional wellbeing, mental health and resilience

Fantastic stories of the impact of HeadStart on the lives of young people were shared by everyone attending, and attendees explored the highlights and challenges of working with young people in their communities as HeadStart programmes around the country work to make a real difference to the current and future lives of 10-16 year olds.

As part of the event, Sunita Pallan-Jhalli, Senior Young Person Engagement Coordinator for HeadStart Wolverhampton shared stories, information and feedback from key programmes with young people, including HEROs, the Ambassadors and Mini Ambassadors programmes, and work in community settings via HeadStart-commissioned providers. Sunita also shared a draft of our co-production toolkit, a guide being prepared to support professionals and voluntary sector organisations in understanding and implementing the key principles of co-production into their work locally and nationally.

The event was a great opportunity for leaders from the HeadStart partnerships to share best practice, and to pick up new ideas.

    HeadStart is not about telling young people what to do, how to live, or what should be important to them ... it's about living up to the motto that young people shared at the January HeadStart Conference in London:

    "Nothing about me, without me"

    Take a look and get involved! Updated HeadStart programme from Black Country YMCA is up and running now

    The HeadStart programme for young people aged 10-16 and parents in the following areas of the city:

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

    has been updated for the summer by our partners at Black Country YMCA. Please take a look, and print, share, and get involved!


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

    For more information and to register, please contact the Black Country YMCA HeadStart Team:


    All Saints, Blakenhall, Parkfields and Ettingshall

    For more information and to register, please contact the Black Country YMCA HeadStart Team:

    Don't miss out! HeadStart programmes for the Summer Half-Term holidays and beyond

    A reminder to young people, parents and carers around the city that the programmes commissioned by HeadStart in our four target areas will continue to be in full flow for the school half-term week next week!

    If you're a young person aged 10-16 years or a parent or carer living in one of the following areas of Wolverhampton:

    • Low Hill, Scotlands and Bushbury South
    • Heath Town, Park Village, Eastfield, Springfield and Old Heath
    • Bilston East
    • All Saints, Blakenhall, Parkfields and Ettingshall

    ... then please check the programmes below! We'd love to see you at the sessions, building better relationships, learning new skills, and improving your own emotional wellbeing and that of the people you care for.


    Low Hill, Scotlands and Bushbury South

    The programme from the consortium of local organisations operating from Big Venture, Low Hill, and Park Village, is as follows, with a wonderful range of activities for young people and families, including arts and crafts, cooking, gaming, dance, martial arts, mentoring and language learning. This programme continues after half-term too, so get involved!

    Please note that there will be no activities
    on Monday 28th May, as it is a Bank Holiday.

    Please note that there will be no activities
    on Monday 28th May as it is a Bank Holiday.


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

    The programme of activities lead by Black Country YMCA, and running from Eastfield Community Centre, Park Village Education Centre, and Holy Trinity Church Hall continues!

    • 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.

    Please call 01902 371562 for further information.

    Please note that there will be no activities on Monday 28th May, as it is a Bank Holiday.

    The programme from Black Country YMCA ends on Friday 1st June. Lookout for details of new activities coming soon!

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    Please note that there will be no activities
    on Monday 28th May, as it is a Bank Holiday.


    Bilston East

    'The Superpower within' is a fantastic play created by Gazebo Theatre to promote resilience and well-being in young people.

    Watch it, free of charge at Lower Bradley Community Centre on Tuesday 29th May at 12pm:

    ... and at Bilston Town Hall on Wednesday 30th May at 12pm:

    Listen to the team at Gazebo talk about the play:

    Here's an overview of the Gazebo programme through the week for young people:

    ... and for parents:
     

    For further details of the Summer Programme, please call Gazebo on 01902 497222


    All Saints, Blakenhall, Parkfields and Ettingshall

    The programme of activities lead by Black Country YMCA, and running from Bob Jones Community Hub and All Saints Community Centre continues!

    • 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:

    Please call 01902 371562 for further information.

    Please note that there will be no activities on Monday 28th May, as it is a Bank Holiday.

    The programme from Black Country YMCA ends on Friday 1st June. Lookout for details of new activities coming soon!

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    Please note that there will be no activities
    on Monday 28th May, as it is a Bank Holiday.