Children and young people are being invited to get cracking and enter fun competitions this Easter – with gift vouchers up for grabs.

Children are being asked to design their own Easter Egg, while teenagers can enter a competition themed around the importance of social distancing during the coronavirus emergency.

The competitions launched today (Thursday 9 April, 2020) on the WV Virtual Squad website and are part of #YES, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Youth Engagement Strategy. 

In the first #YES competition, children can design and colour their own Easter egg. There are 3 age groups, 5 and under, 6 to 9 and 10 to 12 years, and the winner in each group will receive a £20 Amazon voucher.

The second #YES competition calls on young people aged 13 to 18 to write a rap, song or poem, or create a poster, gif or TikTok video on the theme of social distancing and why they’re staying inside this Easter. There are £30, £20 and £10 Amazon vouchers up for grabs for the top 3 entries.

The closing date for entries is next Friday 17 April, 2020, with the winners being announced the following week. For full details, and to enter, please visit Competition.

Meanwhile, young people are being encouraged to join Base 25’s campaign around social distancing. The organisation, which supports young people in the city, wants people to share the reasons they are staying at home on social media using the hashtag #ISTAYHOMEFOR.

Councillor John Reynolds, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “These competitions – and Base 25’s campaign – are brilliant ways for children and young people to get creative this Easter, as well as raising awareness about why we all need to stay home to help tackle the spread of coronavirus.”

To find out details of dozens of activities that children, young people and families can do from home courtesy of WV Virtual Squad.

The latest information and guidance around coronavirus is available at GOV.UK and on the council’s own coronavirus pages at Coronavirus advice and information. There’s lots of advice on how people can protect themselves and their families from coronavirus from the NHS at Advice for everyone – Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The council’s Stay Safe, Be Kind campaign offers clear and simple advice about how people can help themselves, and how they can support others who may be particularly vulnerable at this time. For more information, please visit 
Stay Safe, Be Kind