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Family-friendly fun heralds the season in Wolverhampton

By Liam Keen | Theatre & Comedy | Published:

A group that specialises in mental health in young people, is bringing a number of family-friendly activities to the Black Country in time for Christmas.

Cinderella. Picture from: https://www.facebook.com/pg/chaplins.pantomimes/

HeadStart Wolverhampton is joining forces with local community organisations to put on the activities for residents in the city.

Ambassadors from the group have been working with Low Hill Community Association to showcase local talent, putting on the WV10's Got Talent Grand Final on Friday November 30, at 6.30pm at the community centre on Kempthorne Avenue.

Auditions took place earlier this month, with 13 acts making the final, including a 90-year-old singer.

Other acts include dance groups, gymnastics, magicians and comedy performances.

On Saturday December 1 there will be a festive pantomime at the Bob Jones Community Hub, on Bromley Street, at 3pm.

Chaplins Pantos will be performing Cinderella, with a twist, where the lead character will promote positive mental health.

Tickets can be bought from the centre for £5.

Chaplins Pantos

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On the same night, families are invited to YMCA Black Country's free festive activities at the same centre, from 5pm to 6.30pm, or at the Harvest Temple Church Hall, on Wolverhampton Road, on Monday December 10 from 3.30pm to 6.30pm.

The activities include arts and crafts and puzzle-solving team games.

There's also a chance to win a festive hamper in a raffle, as well as gift vouchers.

Also starting on Saturday is Gazebo Theatre's Winter Wonderland at Bilston Town Hall, which is open every Thursday and Friday from noon until 3pm and Saturday's from 11am to 4pm.

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Councillor Paul Sweet, the Wolverhampton Council cabinet member for children and young people, said “We are pleased to be working with local organisations to provide a wonderful programme of Christmas events.

“There’s plenty to get you in the festive mood, as well as supporting the emotional wellbeing of our young people.”

HeadStart Wolverhampton is part of a £56 million National Lottery programme set up by the Big Lottery Fund.

It's designed to improve the emotional mental health and wellbeing of children and young people aged 10 -16 by giving them the skills they need to cope with the challenges of modern life.

More information on the programme can be found by visiting www.headstartonline.co.uk or by following them on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

Liam Keen

By Liam Keen
Reporter - @LiamKeen_Star

Trainee reporter at the Express & Star, primarily covering Wolverhampton. Got a story? Get in touch on 01902 319688.

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