The Yo! programme of half term activities was a great success with children, young people and families enjoying a wide range of fun days and sporting events across the city.

Held over the February school holidays, youngsters and their families took part in activities from local providers and city partners ranging from multi sports and theatre and dance to archery, outdoor activities and arts and crafts. 

Children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) also enjoyed a variety of events from circus activities with Sassy Sensory, animal therapy sessions, cinema trips and indoor soft play with RUOE (Reach and Unite Outreach and Empowerment CIC). 

Among those organisations hosting events was Gazebo Theatre Group. Pamela Cole-Hudson, the group’s CEO and Artistic Director, said: “We have had a fantastic week of activities here at Gazebo with more than 40 children and young people participating in lots of fun, creative activities including drama, circus skills and film making. 

“On Tuesday participants created adverts to help spread messages of reducing, reusing and recycling and watched an exciting interactive Gazebo performance about climate change.” 

Creating opportunities for children and young people continues to be a major priority for the City of Wolverhampton Council and, following on from the successes of past Yo! holiday programmes, the council is working on plans for the Easter and Summer holidays. More details will be available on the Yo! website, in due course.

Councillor Beverley Momenabadi, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “February half term proved to be a fun packed week for our children with many youngsters enjoying the wide range of 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, we certainly delivered another fantastic week of activities for children of all ages and abilities.  

“We are now making plans for the Easter and Summer holidays to ensure that we can provide a wide range of exciting opportunities across the city.”

Councillor Mike Hardacre, Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Work, added: “The Yo! programme is about reaching young people and families with engaging activities, and once again, it was encouraging to see so many children and families getting involved and trying something new.” 

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

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