Teachers from Adult Education Wolverhampton were presented with a prestigious mental health award recently.

Its Like Minds Team were winners of the Large Organisation Team, Service or Organisation category at this year's West Midlands Combined Authority Mental Health Star Awards, to recognise businesses, public services or voluntary organisations which have ‘gone above and beyond’ to support mental health and wellbeing in their area.

Judges noted students’ positive comments on their experience and the important role of adult education in lessening mental health difficulties.

The Like Minds Team have built up a reputation for providing creative learning programmes, focussed on arts and crafts, yoga and pottery, that make a real difference to the lives of Wolverhampton residents with mental health issues. 

The courses are designed to allow tutors to support students to move to a more positive state of mind, building friendships, gaining confidence and having a purpose. 

The team were officially presented with their award by Councillor Chris Burden, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Work, recently.

He said: "Adult Education Wolverhampton’s Like Minds Team have achieved positive results for many students. Their trick is to listen to what students want and need and to flex the learning programme to meet individual needs. Ultimately, they provide a safe and nurturing environment which enable confidences, self esteem and well being to flourish.

"The team go above and beyond and I was delighted to be able to present their WMCA Mental Health Star Award."

The Mental Health Star Awards celebrated the ground breaking work being done across the region to improve mental health and wellbeing.

This year hundreds of nominations were submitted which recognised acts of heroism and innovation that have helped people within our communities get through life during the Covid-19 pandemic.