Artistic youngsters in Warwickshire could win cash for their school - The Leamington Observer

Artistic youngsters in Warwickshire could win cash for their school

Leamington Editorial 12th Feb, 2023   0

ARTISTIC youngsters across Warwickshire could win cash for their school.

Children and young people in the county are being invited to submit their ideas on what it means to be child friendly as part of the Child Friendly Warwickshire competition run by Warwickshire County Council.

In return they could win £2,500 towards a Child Friendly Warwickshire project in their school.

The competition is open to any young person aged from four through to 21 who is in full-time education and lives or goes to school in the area.

Following on from the first Warwickshire Youth Conference which took place last year, it is an opportunity for children and young people to bring the five Child Friendly Warwickshire outcomes to life – being happy, healthy, heard, safe and skilled.

One winner from each of the four age categories will be chosen after the February 27 deadline to receive the cash for their school or college to spend on projects related to these five outcomes.

The prize money could be used for something like planning a visit to a local nature reserve, improving an existing play area, hosting a wellbeing day with yoga classes, or even purchasing new equipment for clubs and activities.

The winners and runners-up in each category will also have their work showcased at the 2023 Warwickshire Youth Conference in November. Organised by young people, for young people, this event will offer a friendly and empowering environment to discuss important topics that are facing them today with organisations and individuals who are making a difference in the community.

WCC children and families spokesperson Coun Jeff Morgan said: “Anyone can be more child friendly, whether they are doing big things that impact the whole county, or smaller things that make an important difference to their local community. We know that children and young people can have fantastic imaginations, so we want to hear their ideas.

“We’re offering £2,500 to the winners’ schools because we believe that our communities have a vital role to play in making sure that all children and young people can be happy, healthy, heard, safe and skilled. We want to inspire children and young people to take action, supported by their schools, parents, carers and communities of course, and create lasting and positive change for their futures.”

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