The Yo! programme of half term events was a great success with hundreds of children and young people taking part in a wide range of fun days and sporting events across the city.

Held over the October school holidays, youngsters and their families took part in activities from local providers ranging from pumpkin carving, spooky scavenger hunts and arts and crafts to music workshops and free WV Active swimming sessions.

Children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) also enjoyed a variety of events organised by parent carer forum Voice4Parents, including circus fun days and movie showings.

Among those organisations hosting events was Wildside Activity Centre. Mark Hand, Business Development Manager, said: “It was great to see so many young people and their families enjoying the activities organised here at Wildside during half term week.

“Engaging with nature is so important when it comes to our mental health and wellbeing and we are pleased that Wildside was once again a focus for the communities of Wolverhampton to come and explore the nature on their doorstep."

Creating opportunities for children and young people continues to be a major priority for the council and, following on from the huge success of this year’s summer and October holiday events, the council is working on plans for the Christmas break and hopes to deliver many more exciting across the city. Full details will be available on the Yo! website, Yo! Wolverhampton, in due course.

Councillor Mike Hardacre, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “The Yo! activities that took place over October half term gave our children and young people a wide range of fun things to do. It’s encouraging to see so many children and families enjoying what’s on offer across the city and getting involved in everything from sports to dance to creative fun.”

Councillor Beverley Momenabadi, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, added: “Half term proved to be a fun packed week for our children with hundreds of youngsters enjoying the many activities that were on offer. 

“It’s so important for young people and families to have something to do during school holidays and, with the combined help of city partners and funding from the council and Department of Education, we certainly delivered a fantastic week of events. 

“We are now making plans for Christmas to ensure that we can provide a range of festive activities and opportunities across the city.”

For full details of events for Christmas holiday activities and events, keep an eye on the website, Yo! Wolverhampton or follow the council on social media at Twitter and Facebook

The Yo! Wolverhampton website also offers children, young people and families support, advice and information on everything from mental health and wellbeing to education and careers.