Information for our Communities: Children & Young People

Information for our Communities Children and Young People

KENT & Beyond

Kent County Council – Online Youth Services

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The Artswork Helen Simons Award 2020

Artswork wants applications from young people aged between 16 – 19 to develop and share their creative voice and to bid for up to £200 through Artswork’s Helen Simons Award 2020

The award will provide opportunities for young people to develop and share their creative voice.

Artswork will support up to 5 young people to develop their own creative work providing opportunities to be inspired by and ultimately create works of art across any genre,  using digital platforms.

In order to be eligible to apply you must:

  • Be between 16 – 19 years old Be passionate about arts, creativity and culture
  • Be prepared to share your experience, which may include a final piece of work. This will be shared on Artswork’s website and via social media.
  • Want to share your thoughts and ideas with others



You will need to complete a “pitch.”

This could involve a 2-3 minute film, an audio recording or piece of writing (no more than 2 sides of A4).

You need to say what you’d to use the fund for, what costs are, and what impact it will have on you as an artist.

Artswork is looking to make 5 awards of £200 each.

The deadline for submissions is 1 May. 

Successful applicants will be notified by 18 May and work will start in June 2020.

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Company Three – The Coronavirus Time Capsule

Company Three exists to provide teenagers with connection, support and a space to express themselves. All their work is developed through long-term collaboration with their 75 members aged 11-19.

The Coronavirus Time Capsule is a new project that we are sharing with groups of young people around the world. Week-by-week we are creating a cumulative video time capsule, recording teenage experience during the coronavirus pandemic.

It’s updated every Friday.

Visit The Coronavirus Time Capsule website here:



Online youth sessions

Medway Youth Service has set up a range of group activities for young people aged 11 to 18 (and up to 25 for those with additional needs).

They will be running sessions with youth workers that you can access using video chats.

Each session will last between 30 to 40 minutes and can be accessed on phones, tablets or computers.


How to join sessions using Microsoft Teams

Medway Youth Service is now using Microsoft Teams to deliver a variety of Youth Work sessions online.

To join these calls download Microsoft Teams from the App Store, Google Play or on the Microsoft website.

Once this has been downloaded, use the session link to join the session at the advertised time.

If you have any problems the email the worker in charge or email

For a full list of sessions visit

Medway Council: Children encouraged to get creative for Medway COVID Chronicles project

Medway Council is encouraging children across Medway to write poems, stories, create drawings and paintings, videos or even music sharing their experiences during this most unusual time.

The children’s creations will be used in a project which will capture life in lockdown and create COVID-19 memories for Medway and will also be stored for future generations by our Medway Archives Centre.

Medway Council will find different ways to display children’s entries for residents to view at a later time as well as sharing some of their creations on social media. Parents and carers are asked to send their children’s creations to

By sending a submission you confirm that you are happy for Medway Council to use it across any of its social media and digital channels and print media. Please let them know if you are happy to share your children’s names and ages otherwise they will be anonymised.

Parents and carers can also get involved by sharing their children’s creativity during the COVID-19 pandemic on social media with #MedwayTogether, tagging the council’s social media accounts

  • @Medway_Council on Twitter
  • Medway Council service updates on Facebook
  • Medway_Council_News on Instagram



Swale Youth

Swale Youth have collected a list of things to do at home including a Doctor Who watch along, wellbeing, and how to keep connected with friends and family.

News and Updates:

Swale Youth’s Online programme: