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Time running out for young people in Swindon to enter competition

 

Thursday 23rd February 2017The Dock

 

Time running out for young people in Swindon to enter competition

Young people in Swindon are reminded that there’s just a week to go to enter a competition and be in with a chance of winning cash prizes.
 
Entrants are asked to write an article to be published on the website www.thedockswindon.co.uk, designed with the help of young people to support them in making better life choices.
 
There’s a £200 first prize up for grabs, donated by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon, and the competition welcomes entries covering all subject areas which are relevant to young people.
 
Grace Wiles, aged 23, who is part of the focus group overseeing the website which was officially launched in October, has already entered and is urging others to join in.
 
“I decided to enter the competition by writing about my story of coming out, which I did when I was 18. My Mum said that she knew I was a lesbian all along, and that she loved me for who I am, not a label. By entering the competition I want more young people to share in my story and hopefully feel reassured if they are going through a similar experience,” she said.
 
“We have been looking for a way of helping lots of young people in Swindon overcome issues which affect them, but in a way they can access using their iphones, ipads or laptops from the safety of their own home, and at all times of the day or night. This new website is brilliant for that, and also helps them ask for advice using the I Want Advice tab.”
 
All entries must be submitted by Tuesday, 28th February, and further details of the competition are available online at www.thedockswindon.co.uk
 
Cllr Fionuala Foley, Swindon Borough Council Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “The Dock is a fantastic new website where young people can find a host of information about physical and emotional health, education, employment and training opportunities. There are also sections on sports, recreation, how to stay safe, apprenticeships, volunteering, and securing a work placement from school or college. I would encourage young people to take a look and also consider writing something for it, which may be of interest to their peers and give them a chance of winning this exciting competition.”