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.

GET 2020

In December 2020 we asked the people of Southend to be part of making local history. All around the world people have documented last year in some way and Southend YMCA is no different!

We invited 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.

Anyone of any age was able to enter, the more experiences we could capture the better.

Here is our Project Liaison Lydia Kovacs explaining all about Get 2020 Wrapped Up...

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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!

We had a huge number of entries and were blown away by the creativity shown and the inspirational comments behind them. You can watch our gallery exhibition below.


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..."

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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