Poetry Competition Supports Young Persons Charity

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5 Aspects of ME are a charitable organisation, based in Lancashire, that supports children and young people aged 7 to 16 years. The 'M' stands for Mentoring and the 'E' stands for Education - the two key areas of their work with young people.  They have worked for more than 20 years with children in some of the toughest wards in the UK. Every child, indeed every person, wants to be happy and thrive, but, sadly, many lack the tools to do so. 'The Five Aspects Framework' is a quick and simple way of  giving children, self-knowledge, self-confidence and an understanding of how to form positive, nurturing relationships and make constructive decisions about their lives.

Formed in 2004, the work of Five Aspects of ME focuses on helping children to understand themselves and understand their emotions, including many children with behaviour disorders and children struggling with their social interactions with others.  They deliver programmes in schools and for local authority targeted support services, and also run their own grant-funded courses, drop in sessions and give individual support. 

And now they are excited to announce their 2018 fundraising poetry competition. It's open to anyone 17 years and over, so whether you've never penned a verse in your life or you're a Poet Laureate in waiting, do give it a go - there's cash prizes to be won and it's all in a good cause.

The theme of this year’s competition is The Spirit of Childhood.  Childhood is a time of magic and mystery, powerful emotions and experiences that remain in our hearts a lifetime.  Some of these experiences are wonderful and nourish us into old age, other experiences are more painful and cast long shadows that we struggle to shake.

Christine Allen, the charity’s founder says “We believe that the power to express thoughts and feelings is central to well-being and emotional stability, so we use the arts as a vehicle for helping children find their voice ...and find themselves.”

Entry rules and submission guidelines can be found on their website, deadline for entry is December 31st 2018.

◄ Matt Abbott: Two Little Ducks

Laura Taylor calling - you'd better be listening ►

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