FRANK COTTRELL-BOYCE AND POET TONY WALSH JOIN JUDGING PANEL FOR NEW WRITING COMPETITION THAT ENCOURAGES FOSTERED CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS TO TELL THEIR STORY

An inspirational new creative writing competition – developed by the award-winning You Can Foster campaign – will encourage children and young people in foster care and fostering families from all over the North of England to tell their stories and so encourage a new generation of adults to sign up as foster carers.

And the entries, across five age categories, will be judged by an auspicious panel of children’s authors and poets including children’s author and screenwriter Frank Cottrell-Boyce, poet Tony Walsh, children’s authors Cathy Cassidy, Livi Michael and Dan Worsley.

The Inspiring Stories competition, aims to explore the ambitions of the thousands of children and young people who are in foster care across Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Cumbria, Lancashire and Merseyside.

It is hoped that the stories will reveal the real sense of value and motivation that foster carers can instill in the young and the profound way in which they can help shape young lives for the better.

Children’s author Frank Cottrell-Boyce says,
“Stories are how we make sense of our lives.  The only way we can hope to understand another person is by listening to their story.  The only way we can hope to understand ourselves is by finding someone who will listen to our story.  When we hear other people’s stories we discover we are not alone in our troubles.  And we learn that there are solutions to our problems.

“As G K Chesterton said – we don’t read fairy stories to learn that dragons are real.  We read them to learn that dragons can be defeated.”

Head over to www.youcanfoster.org/competition to find out more and submit stories which should be no longer than 800 words. The deadline for entries is 5.00pm, Friday November 17th 2017.

Across Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside there are around 11,525 children living in foster care. We particularly need to recruit foster carers for certain groups of children including:

  • Brothers and sisters
  • Older children and young people
  • Children from black and ethnic minority backgrounds
  • Children that will be in foster care long term
  • Children who need more specialist care

For more information call 0800 195 3175 or complete our online enquiry form