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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...


We've had some wonderful feedback...

“The Mayor of Southend Cllr. John Lamb has asked Southend YMCA to congratulate all involved for making it a success, and to congratulate the winner of the competition.” 

—  Cllr. John Lamb, Mayor of Southend

"I enjoyed that. It was great to see the quotes next to the mask designs and hear what the designers wanted to say. And well done Lily!"

—  Graham Oatridge, YMCA England & Wales

Browse all our entries


FYV in Parliament!

FYV competition Face It was mentioned in Parliament during a Disability Inclusion Debate at Westminster Hall!

Sir David Amess addressed Parliament as the MP for Southend West during a debate about disability inclusion and the effects of Covid-19 on the hearing impaired...

"The increased wearing of face masks is causing difficulties for those with hearing loss, which has been mentioned already, who rely on communication through facial expressions and lip reading. My local YMCA launched the Find Your Voice initiative, which was a competition to design a face mask. A child called Lily was the winner. She created a mask with a clear window in it so that people who are deaf can lip-read through the mask."

Huge Congratulations to our Winner...

Lily Chapman - Aged 11

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

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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

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