Success for HeadStart at Mayor’s Community Weekend

July 9, 2018

HeadStart Wolverhampton’s mini ambassadors welcomed over 100 people to their Community Breakfast at the Bob Jones Community Hub in Blakenhall on Saturday.

 

After going through a tough application process, the young volunteers, aged 11 to 13, secured £500 of National Lottery funding to bring their local community together as part of the West Midlands Mayor Andy Street’s Community Weekend.

 

The free breakfast event saw visitors enjoy a delicious breakfast and take part in bhangra dancing and boxercise and enjoy a display led by the Blakenhall Scouts group. The mini ambassadors also received trophies and certificates from the Mayor as a thank you for their hard work in leading such a successful event.

 

Mayor Andy Street said: "Community groups across the region have been fantastic in getting involved to make this first Mayor's Community Weekend a real success.

 

“It's been brilliant to get out and about to see such a variety of different events taking place right across the region, celebrating the great community spirit we have here in the West Midlands.”

 

Local resident Shashi Kambo said: “It was such a fantastic event organised by the HeadStart mini ambassadors

 

and it was good to see so many people from the local community. I enjoyed it!”

 

Matt Poole, Senior Head of Regional Grant Making for West Midlands at the Big Lottery Fund, said: “As one of the first events, this was a great way to kick start the Mayor’s Community Weekend.”

 

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.

 

HeadStart Wolverhampton, part of the £56 million National Lottery funded national HeadStart 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 www.headstartonline.co.uk, follow @headstartfm on Twitter or Instagram, or go to www.facebook.com/headstartfm.

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