The HOPE's Mary Palmer Poetry Competition 2019

The 2019 HOPE poetry competition is now open! This year the theme is 'Climate Change'. We know you will have fabulous ideas for poems on that topic, so please get typing or writing and send them to us. Please also tell your carer about the competition as they can take part too.

Your poem can be as long or as short as you like and you could win a PRIZE!

We need to receive your poem by Friday 8th November 2019. You can send it by post to:

Poetry Competition, The HOPE Virtual School (CH), PO Box 3176, Bristol, BS3 9FS or via this website.

To send it via the website, go to 'Get in Touch' on the Home page and then click on feedback and fill in the form. Put Poetry competition as the subject and type your poem in the message box.

If you are sending your poem by post, you can use our lovely flyer to write your poem on if you want to.


The HOPE Creative

The HOPE Creative is a free group that is open to children in care aged  7 and over and their community.

It explores singing and creative musical activities in a safe and supportive atmosphere. The sessions run at Filwood on Saturdays and Southmead on Sundays.

One young person who takes part says: "I would give The HOPE Creative 10 out of 10!”

Contact Lu Bristow, Education Programme Assistant on the number below for venue details and further information:

Tel: 0117 204 7126

Address: Bristol Plays Music, Colston Hall, Colston Street, Bristol, BS1 5AR.

Locations and dates:

The sessions will run at Southmead on Sundays. There will be a session from 10a.m. to 12 noon for ages 7 to 12 and a separate session from 1 to 3 p.m. for ages 13 to 18 . The ages are approximate so if you are a bit older or a bit younger, that's OK!

Here are the dates for the 2019-2020 school year:












Children’s University (CU)

  • For 5 to 14 year olds (5 to 6 year olds with their families)

  • It costs £5

  • It runs across the country so you can join in wherever you live

  • You can do exciting learning activities and experiences outside normal school hours

  • You can collect 'stamps' and hours of learning to count towards your own ‘Passport To Learning’

  • There's a fantastic graduation ceremony when you finish

  • Website:

  • Here’s a quote about the CU from a Bristol young person in care: "I loved going to all my clubs to earn points for my passport but my favourite thing was the boat trip and picnic we went on."


National Citizen Service (NCS)

  • For 15 to 17 year olds

  • The usual cost is £50 but young people in care can get a place for £25

  • NCS covers the whole of the UK so you can join in wherever you live

  • You will have exhilarating challenges, a chance to make your mark and build skills for work and life

  • It’s a four week programme in teams of 15 young people; starting with an adventure week away and followed by a skills week and a two week community project

  • NCS takes place in your local community outside of term time, so no matter what your commitments are or what your summer holiday plans might be, just register to get on the next available NCS spot

  • Sign up by the end of April 2019 for Summer 2019

  • Website:

  • One young person from Bristol who took part said: “It’s a great experience and you make loads of new friends!

Want to get out and DO something? Visit Rife Guide - the ultimate guide to what’s happening in Bristol for young people.