Competition: send in your short stories to help families in Sutton

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Published Thursday, 20th February 2020

Could you write a story, narrative, poem or drawing that describes something about yourself and your experience? We want to say 'it is OK to ask for help'.

Why we want your contributions

We're working on a new Helping Early Strategy. It is being led by what children, young people and families have told us, evidence of what works and evidence of specific needs in Sutton.

Families have told us that a big message they want to hear is 'it is OK to ask for help'. We want a chance for children, young people and parent/carers to say that in their own way to help other young people & families access support in Sutton.

An artist will then create an illustration for each of the stories chosen. If your story is shortlisted it will then be published in a book with other people's stories, shared in local schools, libraries etc and shared on social media. 

It will go with an illustration that helps people know some of the local services in Sutton that they can access. 

This competition is open to any child, young person, parent or carer.

What to do

  • You have a 200 word limit
  • You can write a poem, a story, explain an experience or do a drawing - with the words at the end ‘It is OK to ask for help’
  • Write or draw it in your style in a way that makes sense to you and your experience.
  • Submit it to or through the person that told you about this competition.

What we're looking for

A collection of stories that help to show a variety of different experiences, backgrounds, cultures, ages and that describe an experience of needing support.


The deadline for sending in your story/content is Sunday 1 March 2020.

Next Steps

A family workshop will be held on Wednesday 4 March where anyone is welcome to come and see the collection of stories we have received and to help shortlist the ones that will be published.

We will communicate to everyone who entered by to show the winning entries and explain the next steps of getting these published and shared.