HeadStart Wolverhampton and local organisations Gazebo Theatre, WV10 Consortium and YMCA Black Country are hosting free Halloween themed half term activities next week.

The activities for young people aged 10 to 16 are taking place in the 4 HeadStart Wolverhampton target areas and are designed to build confidence and self esteem and encourage positive mental health and wellbeing through arts, music, sports and more.

In Bilston East, Gazebo Theatre is organising a ghost busting Place to Be Me Halloween themed holiday club at Bilston Town Hall on Tuesday 30 and Wednesday 31 October from 2pm to 4pm featuring monstrous music, devilish dance sessions and more. For more information, please call 01902 497222.

WV10 Consortium is offering a week of family fun at a range of venues including the Big Venture Centre, Low Hill Community Hub, Bushbury Hill Estate Management Board, Aladdin's Education Centre and Stratton Street Community Centre.

Sessions take place from Monday 29 October to Friday 2 November, with young people invited to enjoy spooky slime workshops, pumpkin painting, Halloween crafts and more. Activity times vary depending on locations. For more information, including a full timetable, please visit Type=links;Linkid=11178;Title=HeadSart - October Half Term 2018;Target=_blank;.

Meanwhile, YMCA Black Country is launching its new Engage, Grow and Achieve programme at the Bob Jones Community Hub in Blakenhall on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 29 to 31 October, 9am to 5pm.

By using team building techniques, young people will develop essential life skills including good communication, problem solving and decision making abilities, strong motivation and commitment, and good emotional resilience. For more information and to reserve your place, please email headstart@ymcabc.org.uk.

In Heath Town, Park Village, Eastfield, Springfield and Old Heath, YMCA Black Country is also hosting a half term kids brunch club, drumming workshops, crafts, yoga and boxing. For more information, please visit Type=links;Linkid=11178;Title=HeadSart - October Half Term 2018;Target=_blank;.

Councillor Paul Sweet, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said "HeadStart Wolverhampton is offering a fantastic selection of free half term activities for children, young people and their families.

"It is another wonderful example of the work HeadStart Wolverhampton is doing with local organisations, to support young people and encourage positive mental health and emotional wellbeing."

HeadStart Wolverhampton runs a number of specific programmes in its four target areas of the City where need is known to be greatest, including Low Hill, The Scotlands and Bushbury South; Springfield, Heath Town, Park Village and Eastfield; All Saints, Blakenhall, Parkfields and Ettingshall; and Bilston East.

HeadStart also offers city-wide support through a new Type=links;Linkid=9943;Title=Support and Guidance Directory;Target=_blank; which provides a range of selected wellbeing and mental health resources from different organisations, with 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: Tuesday 23 October, 2018