County council chairman, Councillor Arwel Roberts, has announced he is launching a new Denbighshire Schools Art Competition, entitled WELLNESS - ‘What Makes You Happy?’.
This aims to raise awareness
of the NSPCC’s vital Childline service, which is a free, confidential service
available online or on the phone, anytime for children and young people up to
19 years old to seek support and advice, including about their mental health.
The creative challenge invites Denbighshire’s
under 12-year-olds to send in their artwork of things that make them happy. For
example, a trip to the park or the beach, visiting family, spending time with
friends, playing sport.
The participants will be in with a chance for
their art to go on display in libraries across the county during Children’s
Mental Health Week, from the 6th to the 12th of February, with the overall
winner being awarded a free workshop in school with a leading Welsh artist. The
closing date for the competition will be the 27th of January.
Cllr Roberts said: “We are proud to support and be working with NSPCC North Wales Hub in Prestatyn on this competition. Their outstanding and vital work to protect children deserves the awareness this new competition will bring. The NSPCC are there when both children and adults need a helping hand and offer life changing services 24 hours of the day.
This competition is a chance for children and
young people to be creative and truly express how they’re feeling through the
medium of art. I am really looking forward to seeing all of the amazing
Jessica Finnegan, Community Fundraising and
Partnerships Manager at NSPCC Wales/Cymru, said: “We are delighted this new art
competition has been opened to raise awareness of our Childline service.
“Childline provides vital support for children
and young people to be able to talk about their mental health, and in fact we
know this was among the top three concerns counselled at our Childline base in
Prestatyn last year.
“We can’t wait to see all of the fantastic
entries which are submitted.”
* Children and young people can contact Childline about any worries by calling 0800 1111 or visiting the site.