In December 2022, the Chairman of Denbighshire County Council, Councillor Arwel Roberts, launched his schools art competition, in partnership with one of his nominated charities, NSPCC Cymru/Wales.
The Competition, entitled WELLNESS – ‘What Makes You Happy?’ aimed to raise awareness of the NSPCC’s Childline service, which is a vital lifeline for every child and young person to be able to talk about their mental health. Denbighshire’s under 12-year olds were invited to send in their artwork of things that make them happy, e.g. a trip to the park or the beach, visiting family, spending time with friends, playing sport, etc.
The competition officially closed on January 27th and was extremely popular, with a staggering 566 entries received.
Councillor Arwel Roberts, Chairman of the Council said:
“We have lots of talented children and young people in Denbighshire schools and all of the entries were truly brilliant.
Being creative is a powerful way for children and young people to express how they are feeling.
I’d like to thank everyone who entered the competition for their entries as it is clear a lot of hard work, effort and creativity has gone into the artwork. They have been a joy to judge”.
A list of all the winners, and their artwork can be found here: www.denbighshireenrichment.com
Jessica Finnegan, Community Fundraising and Partnerships Manager at NSPCC Cymru/Wales, said:
“Our Childline service provides vital support for children and young people to be able to talk about their mental health and how they are feeling.
We would like to thank the chairman of Denbighshire County Council for his support, and for launching this thoughtful competition to raise awareness of Childline.
It was wonderful to see so many children and young people submitting some absolutely fantastic artwork to express what makes them happy.”
The winners’ artwork will be displayed online as part of a virtual art gallery during Children’s Mental Health Week which runs from the 6th to the 12th of February.