Young People's Zone

More about Voices 2017

Every day, Coram Voice works with children in care and care leavers. They inspire and motivate us with their resilience, their maturity but most of all with their extraordinary voices. These children and young people have exceptional creative talent not despite of, but because of, their experiences.

All too often, the stories that make the news about children in care are negative. Being in care is a label that carries a heavy stigma that we want to change.

 

Creating positive images of children from care

 

Voices 2017 is a platform for the voices of children in and around the care system. It will promote a positive image by showcasing young people’s creativity and improving understanding of their experiences, in particular ‘new beginnings’ - what and who have given them opportunities for a fresh start.

The national writing competition was launched in 2016 to mark Coram Voice’s 40th anniversary and in honour of our founder, Gwen James, who died in 2015. This year, we have a special prize for the best entry from a migrant young person.

 

Understanding care experienced children and young people

 

By hearing, and more importantly listening, to the voices of young, care-experienced, people, we hope to better understand them and help make their lives better. 

Our competition is now closed to new entries. Shortlisted entrants will be notified by 10 March. 

 

Useful links

 

Discover the rules for Voices 2017