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Together for Short Lives launch youth-led creative artwork project for young people with life-limiting conditions

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We are excited to be launching a new youth-led pilot project that provides an opportunity for young people with life-limiting conditions in the UK to express themselves through the creative arts.

This could be in the form of poem, short story, blog article, song, photo, selfie, painting, drawing, vlog and more! Anything that helps young people to explore their identity and tell their story in a meaningful way.

‘This is Me’ provides a valuable opportunity for seriously ill young people to express their thoughts, feelings, fears, ambitions and interests in a creative and powerful way through the arts. For some, it may be an opportunity to leave a legacy behind and to think about how they want to be remembered.

All submitted artworks will be compiled into a digital anthology on our website and will be shared on our social media pages to raise awareness of the experiences of seriously ill young people and to give each of them a chance to have their story heard on a national platform.

The pieces will also be presented in a visual exhibition at our sector-wide conference ‘Time for Change’ in Manchester in March 2020. The conference will be attended by over 200 children’s palliative care professionals and will provide a unique opportunity for these doctors, nurses, hospice directors, care staff and commissioners to gain a powerful insight into what it’s like to be a young person living with a life-limiting illness.

‘This is Me’ is designed to be an inclusive project for all seriously ill young people, including those with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD), communication needs and those who will be supported to take part by parents, carers and professionals.

‘This is Me’ will be co-designed from the outset by young people themselves, with a group of four ‘young curators’ helping to co-ordinate submissions and co-design the digital anthology and exhibition, with support and mentoring from our Family Support Officer.

Thank you to the Arbonne Foundation who are funding this exciting new project.

Would you like to get involved?

Creative work submissions are open until 20 January 2020 and can be submitted via email to

Please send a high quality version of the artwork or a link to a digital copy. If you are submitting a painting or drawing, please submit a high quality photograph of the artwork. If you are unsure about how to submit your piece please email

We welcome submissions from young adults aged 13-30 years as well as submissions supported by a parent or carer.

What artwork will be accepted?

It could be anything! For example, a poem, short story, blog article, song, photo, selfie, painting, drawing, vlog or more.


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