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 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.
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:
- local Police Constable Rani Gundhu from West Midlands Police
- Mai Gibbons of HeadStart - who shared information about our mission and programmes, including the HeadStart Summer Programme
- Dr Yusuf Shafi of Aladdin's Education
- Councillor Jas Dehar
- representatives from event sponsors School of Coding and PlanIt Global.
Many thanks to all of the schools who brought young people along to this fantastic event!