HeadStart Wolverhampton's mini ambassadors have been awarded £500 to support their local communities as part of the Mayor of the West Midlands' Community Weekend.

The young volunteers, aged 11 to 13, will host a free breakfast event at the Bob Jones Community Hub in Blakenhall on Saturday (30 June, 2018) from 9.30am to 11.30am.

The drop in event is open to all young people and families in Wolverhampton. There's a chance to try a range of delicious fruit smoothies, boxercise and 'keep fit' tasters, and find out more about how to support your mental health and emotional wellbeing with from HeadStart Wolverhampton. There's also a chance to have a go at dhol drumming and see traditional Indian dance.

It is one of a number of events taking place in Wolverhampton as part of the Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street's Community Weekend, supported by the National Lottery and the West Midlands Combined Authority, which encourages communities to come together to promote health and wellbeing.

Councillor Paul Sweet, the City of Wolverhampton Council Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said "The mini ambassadors have been working hard to help other young people and families in Wolverhampton, and we are thrilled they have been awarded some well-deserved funding from the Big Lottery Fund to support their local communities.

"I'd encourage everyone to come down to Bob Jones Community Hub next weekend to support our young people and enjoy a breakfast with a difference."

HeadStart's mini ambassadors are young people aged 11 to 13 who volunteer to support their peers' mental health and emotional wellbeing.

The scheme is perfect for young people with a passion for supporting mental health, and helps young people to build their confidence, learn new skills and have a key role in making things happen for your local communities as a voice for young people in the community. To find out more about becoming a mini ambassador, please email samantha.gregory@wolverhampton.gov.uk.

Other Community Weekend events taking place in Wolverhampton include a Women's Pampering Event at the Bob Jones Community Hub, a Health and Wellbeing Awareness Day at The Way Youth Zone, an International Community Day at Lower Bradley Community Centre and Bromford's Big Block Party at Bromford Rise, Oaklands Road.

There will be a Teddy Bears' Picnic at Hope Community Project Centre, a Celebration Garden Party at Boundary Way Allotments, a Caribbean-style Afternoon Tea at St Jude's Road, and a Sanctuary Social at Church of St Chad and St Mark on Lime Street. For more information, including times of events,  please visit Type=links;Linkid=10611;Title=Mayor's Community Weekend;Target=_blank;.  

HeadStart Wolverhampton, part of the £56 million National Lottery funded programme established 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 of modern life. To find out more, please visit Type=links;Linkid=6584;Title=HeadStart;Target=_blank;, follow @headstartfm on Twitter or Instagram, or go to Type=links;Linkid=7788;Title=Facebook;Target=_blank;.

  • released: Monday 25 June, 2018