Shoppers are invited to call into HeadStart Wolverhampton's pop-up shop in the Mander Centre this Saturday (12 May) to enjoy free activities for all the family.

The pop-up shop, on the first floor between New Look and The Works, launches HeadStart Wolverhampton's week of activities to mark Mental Health Awareness Week 2018. The theme of this year's week is "Stress: Are we coping?", and the HeadStart team have designed a programme of events all centred around stress relief.

The pop-up shop, open from 9am to 5.30pm, will offer a range of free activities for young people aged 10 to 16 years, including Lego workshops and arts and crafts designed to relieve stress.

There's also a chance to meet the HeadStart Wolverhampton team and find out more about the support available for young people and their families, while visitors can collect free goodie bags with art activity packs and additional resources to support young people in coping with stress.

Hope, the HeadStart Wolverhampton wolf, will also be making a guest appearance. Designed by the HeadStart team, she was originally on display as part of the popular Wolves in Wolves project which took place last summer.

Councillor Val Gibson, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said "The pop-up shop is a fantastic way to start HeadStart Wolverhampton's Mental Health Awareness Week events.

"Stress is something which affects everyone, and the pop-up shop activities have been designed to support young people and encourage everyone to take care of their mental health and wellbeing."

Mental Health Awareness Week runs from 14-20 May and is organised by the Mental Health Foundation. For more information, please visit Type=links;Linkid=4556;Title=Mental Health Foundation;Target=_blank;. To find out more about what HeadStart Wolverhampton has planned during the week, please visit Type=links;Linkid=10426;Title=Mental Health Awareness Week 2018;Target=_blank;.  

HeadStart Wolverhampton, part of a £56m National Lottery funded programme set-up by Big Lottery Fund, 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 they face.

As well as running a series of specific programmes in its four key target areas, HeadStart Wolverhampton offers city wide help through a  Type=links;Linkid=9943;Title=Support and Guidance Directory;Target=_blank; which provides emotional mental health and wellbeing resources from different organisations, 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: Thursday 10 May, 2018