Big news! Fun and engaging activities to develop emotional well-being and resilience begin next week

(Revised 18th July) For all of the latest HeadStart activities, please check our new 'What's On?' guide.

(Revised on 16th April 2018 with modified timings for 'Active Bodies, Active Minds' sessions at Eastfield Community Centre)


As part of our commissioned work with selected providers around the city, we are delighted to announce that a range of activities will be available, free of charge to 10-16 year olds and families, beginning next week in the following areas of the city:

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

Activities run through the Easter holidays and continue into the school summer term. They are designed to develop and support the emotional well-being and resilience of young people, to improve family relationships, and to support parents in understanding the challenges faced by their children.

Summer term activities in the Low Hill, Scotlands and Bushbury South area will be announced later.

Find out more about these activities below and how to get involved below!

Activities for young people and families in Heath Town, Park Village, Eastfield, Springfield and Old Heath

(Please note: 'Active Bodies, Active Minds' sessions at Eastfield Community Centre on Wednesday afternoons have changed times, and will now start at 5:30pm)

Activities are run by Black Country YMCA and begin on 3rd April. (Please note that the Monday activity will not take place on 2nd April, as this is a Bank Holiday). They follow a weekly timetable, repeating until the start of June, with sessions run from Eastfield Community Centre, Park Village Education Centre, and Holy Trinity Church Hall.

Activities are:

  • 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:

All children and parents/carers need to register to attend an activity. Please contact the YMCA HeadStart team to book your place and to request a consent form: call 01902 371562 or email Kathryn.Hickman@ymcabc.org.uk. All children must bring a completed consent form with them to their first activity.


Activities for young people and families in Bilston East

Activities are led by Gazebo Theatre, and begin on 3rd April, with sessions running throughout the Easter holidays from Bilston Town Hall and Lower Bradley Community Centre. Activities are:

  • Promoting self esteem and well being through drama, craft, music, dance, and poetry
  • Family learning and family play: family fun time to build relationships through shared experiences 

For detailed timetables, please download the flyer.

There is no need to book places on these sessions, please just drop-by at the right place and the right time. (Please note that parents / carers will be required to complete consent forms for young people involved in activities). For further information, please contact Gazebo Theatre on 01902 497222

Details of Summer Term activities in Bilston East are coming soon.


Activities for young people and families in All Saints, Blakenhall, Parkfields and Ettingshall

Activities are run by Black Country YMCA and begin on 3rd April. (Please note that the Monday activity will not take place on 2nd April, as this is a Bank Holiday). They follow a weekly timetable, repeating until the start of June, with sessions run from Bob Jones Community Hub and All Saints Community Centre.

Activities are:

  • 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:

All children and parents/carers need to register to attend an activity. Please contact the YMCA HeadStart team to book your place and to request a consent form: call 01902 371562 or email Kathryn.Hickman@ymcabc.org.uk. All children must bring a completed consent form with them to their first activity.