#TimeToTalk Competition


#TimeToTalk Poem To A Parent/Carer Film Competition

Spoken word poetry has been used for centuries to convey meaning and messages that are important to us.

Film is unrivalled when it comes to sharing ideas and information.

Put them together and what have you got? A short film based on spoken word poetry!

We want to encourage you to express your feelings through poetry so we’re running a ‘Poem to a Parent/Carer’ competition and inviting young people to send in poems.

Parents/carers play an important role in children & young people’s mental health, and we hope that your poem can inspire children, young people and their parents/carers to speak more openly about their mental health and to ask for help when they need it.

We will be running multiple online creative workshops to help give you some ideas on what to write and the dates for them are:

  • 21st January 2021
  • 28th January 2021
  • 04th February 2021
  • 11th February 2021

All workshops will take place via zoom and will run from 7pm to 8pm.

Using the form link below we are looking for young people to submit pieces of poetry – one winner’s piece will be made into a short film.

Time to Talk Competition entry form

Sign up to Poetry Workshops

Get creative, have your say and help us to raise mental health awareness by submitting your poem. The winning poem will be turned into a film and you will get a £50 Nando’s voucher!

The closing date for entries is Sunday 14th February 2021.

After the competition closing date, a judging panel including young people will select the poem that they feel is most engaging. We will work with the winner and professional filmmakers to turn this poem into a film which will then become part of a campaign aimed at parent/carers in East Berkshire. The film will be released online on 21/03/2021 ‘World Poetry Day’ and may feature on our website, NHS websites, be used in schools and other settings, or even feature on the radio or social media.

Ts and Cs

You must be aged 11 to 25 and live, work or go to school/college in East Berkshire*.

Poems must not take longer than 3 minutes to read out loud.

You must include one or all the following messages:

  • Young people should be able to talk to their parents/carers about how they feel, their emotions and mental health.
  • Parents/carers should talk to their children about mental health, openly and honestly, and support them to seek help when they need it.
  • Everyone has mental health and it is just as important as physical health.
  • There shouldn’t be any stigma about discussing mental health.

The film short film will be used as part of a digital campaign to raise awareness amongst parents/carers.

*by East Berkshire, we mean Slough, Bracknell Forest or the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.

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