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We want young people to be able to freely express themselves about what they are passionate about and to give them a creative outlet in order to promote their sense of self in a way they are comfortable.


Would you like to be part of making local history? All around the world people are documenting this year in some way and Southend YMCA is no different!

We are inviting you, the people of Southend and local boroughs to participate in the creation of a community patchwork quilt, which tells the story of Southend in the year 2020.

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CUT a 8 x 8 inch fabric square.


DRAW a 2-inch border & leave blank around your design.


DRAW | WRITE | SEW your story/representation of 2020.

Anyone can enter a square, whether you’re 10 years old or 60 years old - we want to see your creations!


Simply create your design on a square of material, take a snap and share on social media tagging @fyv_findyourvoice and using #fyvinstaquilt and drop off at a local drop off point.


Drop off points to be confirmed; follow us on social for the latest news! Enter by Friday 18th December!

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Lockdown was a very stressful time for all of us. Face coverings were quickly becoming an everyday reality and a symbol of the pandemic.


Here at FYV, we wanted to give young people a chance to express themselves by designing a unique face covering. This could have been expressing their feelings towards the pandemic, a subject they are passionate about or simply something that reflected their personalities.

We were lucky enough to have Fashion Historian and BBC presenter Amber Butchart on the judging panel!

Our Winner

Lily Champan, Aged 11

"This is a design for people with hearing difficulties. There is a gap so people can see the mouth moving to enable them to understand..."


We had a huge number of entries and were blown away by the creativity shown and the inspirational comments behind them. Click below to view the full gallery.