Parents and families 'Head in the Right Direction' at the new Moreton Community Hub

As we shared last week, HeadStart partner Moreton School has established a new Community Hub on their site which will act as a community base to support the needs of parents and families in the Bushbury, Low Hill and Scotlands area of the city.

On Saturday, Moreton hosted an event to launch the new hub, and HeadStart staff were there to meet the parents and families who came along, to share information about HeadStart, and to speak to them about mental health and well-being awareness. Visitors were asked to write or record a pledge for Mental Health Awareness Week 2017. Here are some of their pledges:

... and here are some of the messages and experience that visitors shared with us:

A range of other community groups were on hand too, sharing information and guidance from outstanding local services, and directing parents to the local support they need.

It was like looking at my own life in a mirror
— A parent speaking about 'Head in the Right Direction'

The event also included a performance of 'Head in the Right Direction', a thought-provoking, challenging play, commissioned by HeadStart, which explores the challenges of parenthood, and the support that HeadStart will be providing. The play was scripted, staged and performed by the fantastic teams at Central Youth Theatre and Gazebo. Here is a taster of the amazing performance:

If you'd like to see 'Head in the Right Direction', the final performance of the play will take place on Monday 22nd May at 11am, at the Bob Jones Centre, in Blakenhall. If you can, please come along and see it for yourself.

The event at Moreton was a great way to round off Mental Health Awareness Week for HeadStart; thank you to everyone who came along, and to Miss. Deacy, the Inclusion Manager at Moreton School, who organised the event.