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You can now view all the fantastic entries in our online gallery
Young Women with Backpacks

Southend YMCA relies heavily on grants & donations to support the vulnerable young people we work with.  

or text 'SYMCA 5' to 70085 to donate £5

(Texts cost £5 plus one standard rate message)

Just £5 will help provide a face covering or support for a young person to build a positive future following the Coronavirus


Thank you to everyone who entered our competition, we were overwhelmed by the quality of the entries. Find your entry in our online gallery!

Star Guest Judge

Amber Butchart Announces Our Winner and

Runners-up ...

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Historian &

 presenter of


A Stitch

In Time

Our Winner

Lily Chapman - Aged 11

Here is Lily talking to our judge Lydia Kovacs and the moment she found out she had won...CONGRATULATIONS LILY!

Lily's face covering was made by local textile designer Patrick Moriarty from paisleypower.com

Our 1st Runner-up

Gabriella McCanlis - Aged 15

Our 2nd Runner-up

Nizle Biju - Aged 16

Meet our Star Guest Judge

Amber Butchart is a fashion historian, author and broadcaster.


Amber recently presented A Stitch in Time, a six-part series on BBC Four that fused biography, art and the history of fashion to explore the lives of historical figures through the clothes they wore.

Find out more about Amber https://www.amberbutchart.com/


Did you know that FYV's current topic of conversation is Mental Health? 

Find out how being creative can offer help, promote well-being and create a space for much needed social connection during the pandemic https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/blog/how-arts-can-help-improve-your-mental-health

FYV is an initiative by Southend YMCA to give young people a voice.
Are you aged 10 -24 and want your voice to BE HEARD?
If you are a parent, guardian or professional who wants more information about this project please click here
driving PASSION
empowering VOICE
taking ACTION
inspiring CHANGE
 for FUTURE generations