The Voices writing competition gives looked after children and care leavers a platform to express themselves in their own words.
Against a backdrop where the stories about care-experienced children are often negative, the competition promotes a positive image by showcasing young people’s creativity and improving understanding of their experiences.
It was launched in 2016 by the Coram group charity, Coram Voice, in honour of its founder Gwen James who died in 2015.
Coram Voice believes that by hearing, and more importantly listening, to the voices of young, care-experienced people, we can better understand them and make their lives better.
Voices is fortunate to have a wide range of supporters, some of whom have experience of care themselves.
The Doctor Who actor Peter Capaldi hosted our two most recent Voices awards events.
“The judges and I were immensely impressed by the quality of writing, and the ability to convey emotions and experiences through the power of the written word. While they vary in their formats, from letters and poems to short stories and raps, they all keep the reader engaged from start to finish.”