Poetry Competition Winner

4 October, 2018

As National Poetry Day began to approach we launched a Poetry Competition for all of our foster children and birth children to take part in.

National Poetry Day is a UK wide celebration of poetry and all things poetical. It is about everybody sharing, reading, writing and enjoying poetry.

With this years theme being ‘change’ we asked the children to write about how foster care has changed their life for the chance to win a £10 voucher of their choice.

11 year old Oliver, a foster child, outlined his journey and the impact foster care has had on his life as a young child – he describes how his life consisted of moving houses and towns before he settled into his new family.

He won the competition with this poem he entitled My New Life:

Another move another town, don’t want life to let me down
A new mum and dad, surely that’s not to bad, wait and see
Life is fun and this has only begun, I’m as happy as can be

My own room life’s a dream, feel like the cat that’s got the cream
Loving the changes and all the rest, knowing what is for the best
I smile now and shed no tears, I’m happy with my life as it is
and think to my self life is bliss.

We’re delighted with the response we’ve had from our poetry competition. The poems we’ve received from children are mind-blowing. t’s great for the children to reflect on the changes they’ve faced throughout their lives. Judging by the standard of poems, children have really shown an appetite for poetry and a willingness to deliver an accurate account of their childhood.

Oliver’s poem particularly stood out as it truly demonstrates the impact fostering can have on a vulnerable child’s life. It also reinforces how valuable foster carers can be.

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