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Welcome to our  Preview & Gallery

Face It

In the summer of 2020, our project FYV launched a very special competition. Lockdown was over but face coverings were quickly becoming a symbol of the Covid-19 pandemic.


We wanted to start a conversation with young people about how they felt about face coverings, and the reality of having to wear one. We asked young people to design their own face covering which expressed their feels and personality. 

We were blown away by some of the creativity of the designs and the inspirational stories behind them.


You can view our exclusive preview below, which features our shortlisted designs and then explore all entries via our themed gallery rooms! Please don't forget to leave a comment to let us know what you think.

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Please let us know what you think ...

Huge Congratulations to our Winner...

Lily Chapman - Aged 11

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


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?
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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