#YES Newsletter October 2023

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October  2023

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Yo summer

Yo! Summer enjoyed by thousands of young people

This year’s Yo! Wolves summer programme was the biggest so far – with thousands of children and young people taking part in a wide range of fun days, sporting activities and holiday clubs across the city.

Organised by the City of Wolverhampton Council and funded by the Department for Education (DfE), over 34,000 activity sessions were delivered to young people and children, up from 32,000 from the previous year.

Our Young Inspectors have also been out and about, keeping their watchful eyes on the activities for Yo! Summer. They visited The Art Gallery, Ultimate Warriors, WV10 Consortium and In Play Gaming to ensure that young people were having a blast throughout the holidays.

Other highlights included drone workshops with School of Coding, the Stages summer school at the Grand Theatre, martial arts with Wolverhampton Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and a summer camp at The Way. One of the providers, Beatsabar Music, was recognised by Department of Education and featured in an online celebration event

Book now for October half term activities.

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Youth Voice Group Residential Condover Hall 2023

Members of our Youth Voice Groups came together over a couple of days and enjoyed fun activities at Condover Hall this summer. They had the opportunity to team build, challenge themselves but also the chance to provide feedback into the new #YES strategy to help shape the city moving forward.  Hope to see you there next year! Get involved!

East park

A celebration event to mark the opening of a brand new play area and splash pad, following more than £600,000 of investment by City of Wolverhampton Council was held recently at Eastpark. 

The play area at East Park includes a toddler zone with cradle swings and a trampoline, a junior zone with climbing walls and multi play unit and a teenage area with pendulum swing and giant slides.

Other attractions include roundabouts, seesaws, wetpour tunnels, firefighters pole, rockers, springers and bucket and rope swings. Full story.

Dragons Den

Latest from our own Dragon's Den

A handful of new passionate providers have stepped into the Dragons Den to ask for some funding to put on even more great activities for young people as part of Yo! Wolves. After pleasing the Dragons (#YES Board) we are proud to say that they all have been awarded funding! Thank you #YES Board Members!

As part of a £1.4 million available grants package, organisations in and around Wolverhampton are invited to bid for grant aid to deliver Holiday Activities and Food schemes across the City until 2025.

As part of the grant application process, new activity providers meet with the panel of young Dragons, who are then part of the final decision making process in terms of what activities and events get to be delivered for Wolverhampton's children and young people.

Interested in getting involved? Apply here.


Family Hubs network is officially launched

Wolverhampton's new network of Family Hubs is now officially launched.

Wolverhampton is one of 75 areas in England to have benefitted from a share of investment totalling £300 million from the Government’s Family Hubs and Start for Life programme to create eight new Family Hubs across the city.

​​​​​​​The hubs are  ‘one stop shops’, offering guidance and advice on a range of circumstances to support families through pregnancy and beyond, including infant feeding, mental health and wellbeing, health visiting support and parenting classes. More information.

inspiring changeSend training

HY5! Our youth Forum to represent those with any Special Educational Needs and Disabilities are proud to announce that after months of preparation have now delivered their very own training to professionals that sit on our SEND Board! 

The aim of the training is to raise awareness, remove barriers and inspire change.

 Great Work HY5!


New Director of Children’s Services appointed

Alison Hinds has been appointed as City of Wolverhampton Council’s new Director of Children’s Services.
 Alison has worked for the council for more than 35 years, having first joined as an Education Welfare Officer. Her appointment on a 12 month internal secondment follows a robust recruitment process that featured interviews with a technical panel, young people’s panel and special appointment’s panel. Congratulations Alison. 

same difference

Did you go? Complete the survey to win £25 voucher

The festival was a major event with performances by young people and activities put on by the city's arts community organisations who would now like your feedback.

Take the survey.

#Power of Youth


Young people go high tech with city investment prospectus 

Around 20 members of Wolverhampton’s Youth Council helped showcase a 360° video at the ‘Our City, Our Future’ event in the Igloo at the National Brownfield Institute (NBI) during the city’s Business Week last week.

The event followed the presentation in April of the Wolverhampton Investment Prospectus - a living document of the city’s vision and future - to the City Investment Board, on which members of the Youth Council also sit.

After seeing the promotional video that sits alongside the prospectus, Youth Council members proposed the idea of creating a new version of it – but reimagined from the perspective of young people. More


Young Citizens of the Year Awards 

Ten young Wulfrunians were recognised for their outstanding community service at The Civic Suite in front of the mayor of Wolverhampton, local dignitaries and friends and family of the inspirational young people. Full story.


Find out who has been named 'Star' of the month!

June Winner: Cain for taking part in a 54-mile bike ride to raise money for a Mental Health charity. Wow!,

 July Winner: Stacey for amazing progress both inside and outside of school! Well Done! 

 August Winner: Miran for his independence skills and has made real progress whilst living in his flat despite his personal challenges.

Looking forward
Yo half term

Events and activities for October half term, starting Monday 30 October until Friday 3 November.

Most of these events will be free and will include a meal as they are funded by the City of Wolverhampton Council. Book now

caypicstaying put

Staying close project

The Staying Close project has come to Wolverhampton!  

The project is a model which provides a support package for young people leaving care from children’s homes and is designed to be a comparable offer to the option to “Stay Put”, which supports young people in foster care to remain with their former foster carers until age 21!  

The Care Leavers Forum and our Children In Care Council have interviewed and successful appointed candidates to work in this new and exciting area for the City Council of Wolverhampton.  


House Project

The House Project is designed to help care leavers through one of the most difficult periods in their lives and to give them the skills and confidence to build a life for themselves after leaving care. Find out more.

I awards

Virtual School Band for I Awards 2024

Are you a young person aged 9 +, loves performing and lives in the Wolverhampton area? Do you play an instrument? Would you like the chance to perform at the upcoming I Awards? Then this is your moment to shine!

The Virtual School with the Wolverhampton Music School are launching “The Virtual School Band” and would love to hear from as many young people as possible. For more information as your foster parent or social worker.


Children & Young People in Care Annual Survey 2023

The 2034 survey has been coproduced by our Children in Care Council & our Children and Young Person In Care Team has now been launched and we encourage all care-experienced young people to answer it and share their thoughts and feelings on the support available to them so that we can provide the best service we can!  

 Speak to your Foster Parent or Social Worker to be in the chance to win 1 of many £20 Amazon Vouchers!  

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