HeadStart Wolverhampton will be offering an extensive programme of term time activities for young people and parents this autumn.

After the success of the Summer Programme, HeadStart is once again working with Gazebo Theatre, the WV10 Consortium and YMCA Black Country to offer free activities designed to encourage positive emotional wellbeing and mental health among 10 to 16 year olds in the 4 HeadStart target areas.

Young people in Low Hill, The Scotlands and Bushbury South can enjoy a range of free, fun activities including drama and dance workshops, cookery lessons and graffiti street art sessions at Big Venture Centre and Low Hill Community Centre.

There are also stress buster sessions for parents and carers every Wednesday at Big Venture Centre, offering Indian head massages and face masks. Free play sessions are available for under 5s while their parents enjoy a pampering.

YMCA are providing a range of fun and engaging activities for young people living in the Springfield, Heath Town, Old Heath and Eastfield area and in the All Saints, Blakenhall, Parkfields, and Ettingshall area. Activities include football, street dance, film making sessions and more.

In addition, there are specific sessions for parents and carers including boxercise, coffee mornings, dance fitness and DIY beauty workshops.

In Bilston East, Gazebo Theatre will be hosting Place To Be Me sessions every Monday and Wednesday at Bilston Town Hall at every Thursday at Lower Bradley Community Centre. Activities include drama and dance workshops, song writing sessions, music recording and more.

For more information about what's on during the autumn term, including full timetables and locations, please visit Type=links;Linkid=10771;Title=HeadStart - What's On;Target=_blank;.

Councillor Paul Sweet, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: "HeadStart Wolverhampton, Gazebo Theatre, the WV10 Consortium and YMCA Black Country are offering a jam packed timetable of free activities this autumn.

"The summer programme was very successful with around 1,800 young people and their families taking part in activities across the four areas, and we're hoping these sessions will prove equally popular.

"This is a fantastic opportunity to develop all important family life skills and build confidence for young people and their parents and carers."

One young person who attended the Summer Programme said: "Coming to these activities has changed me. I have been more confident and less shy, and it helps you communicate with other people. I'm excited to go to the autumn activities too!"

HeadStart Wolverhampton, part of a £56m National Lottery funded programme set up by Big Lottery Fund covering 6 areas across the country, is designed to improve the emotional mental health and wellbeing of children and young people aged 10 to 16 by giving them the skills they need to cope with the challenges of modern life.

As well as running a series of specific programmes in the four target areas, HeadStart offers city wide help through its Type=links;Linkid=9943;Title=Support and Guidance Directory;Target=_blank;, including information targeted at young people, parents and carers, and professionals.

To find out more about HeadStart, please visit Type=links;Linkid=6584;Title=HeadStart;Target=_blank;, follow @headstartfm on Twitter or Instagram, or find HeadStart on Type=links;Linkid=7788;Title=Facebook;Target=_blank;.

  • released: Wednesday 19 September, 2018