As part of a week-long set of activities to mark HeadStart's support for Mental Health Awareness Week, The Mayor and Mayoress of Wolverhampton, Councillor Barry Findlay and Margaret Findlay, visited the HeadStart offices this afternoon.
During their visit, the Mayor and Mayoress met a group of our HeadStart Ambassadors, 16 to 25 year olds who are working alongside the HYPE team (@HeadStartYPE), and discussed with them their role in HeadStart. The HeadStart Ambassadors each shared their thoughts on how they can support the emotional well-being and resilience of young people, and delivered short presentations, films and poetry to illustrate their ideas to our eminent guests.
The Head of Service for HeadStart, Kevin Pace, delivered a short overview and update on the HeadStart programme, looked ahead to the HeadStart Summer Programme (look out for more soon on this!) and showed the wonderful 'Jake's Story', a short film created by Central Youth Theatre to illustrate the aspirations of the HeadStart programme:
Amelia Chalak, our HeadStart Apprentice for Young Person Engagement shared her personal journey with HeadStart and outlined the range of HeadStart activities for Mental Health Awareness Week.
The Mayor and Mayoress met with the HeadStart team to discuss the work going on in schools, the community and young person engagement teams. They even had the chance to write some words for Mental Health Awareness Week onto the HeadStart digital graffiti board!
Many thanks to the Mayor and Mayoress for visiting HeadStart today, for their thoughtful interest in the programme, and for their obvious excitement at the benefits that HeadStart is bringing to young people in our city.