Throughout August, Universal Support Practitioners from the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Children’s Services have been bringing fun to families in Wolverhampton with free events in local parks and venues.

Last week in West Park, there were art and craft activities, magic shows, balloon modelling and live animals on show for children to see and hold. And there are plenty more activities to keep children and young people entertained throughout the summer holidays, many of them free – to find out more and to book, visit Yo! Wolves.

All activities are funded through the HAF (Holiday Activities and Food) programme, thanks to funding from the council and the Department for Education.

Reeta Shemar, the council’s Parent Champion and Community Engagement Manager, said: “It’s been a joy to see families from across the city come together to enjoy a whole host of activities. We have entertained over 500 children and the feedback has been fantastic and heart warming. 

“Seeing children and their families enjoying themselves in the sun has showcased how important it is for our service to bridge the gap for those families who don’t have the same opportunities to enjoy different activities over the long summer holidays as others.” 

Councillor Beverley Momenabadi, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, added: “We’re delighted to once again be able to offer the city’s children and young people brilliant events and activities at some of the city’s most beautiful venues. 

“Our children and young people are the council’s top priority and, with the current cost of living squeeze, a comprehensive offer during the school holidays has never been so important to families.”

All events and activities taking place as part of Yo! Summer can be found at Yo! Wolves, which also enables youngsters and parents to access support, advice and information on everything from mental health and wellbeing to education and careers.