Coram Voice

Dear everyone at the Newham Teachers Association,

I am writing on behalf of Coram Voice, which is part of the UK’s oldest children’s charity Coram. Coram Voice provides advocacy to children in care and care-leavers and we are constantly finding new ways to amplify the voices of these young people.

One of the exciting ways we are doing this is with Voices 2018, a writing competition open to primary and secondary school aged children in care and young care-leavers, which is open until February 8. With the competition in its third year, we are looking forward to it being the best year yet, with this year’s theme being ‘Who or What Makes You Proud’. Entries (to be submitted online at can be anything from poems, short stories, raps and song lyrics, with a 500 word limit, and there are four categories to enter: primary school, lower secondary (11-14), upper secondary (15-18) and care leavers. As many migrant and refugee children are looked after by local authorities, we hope you will share our enthusiasm for Voices. We always try and have as diverse a range of entrants as possible, and factors such as English being an additional language are always taken into consideration and can be mentioned in their application.

We wondered whether you might kindly be able to help us promote the competition to the young people you work with. For example, please let us know if it may be of interest to feature the competition in your newsletter, website or blog? We are more than happy to provide copy if you can please let us know of any deadlines, word count or specific requirements. I’ve attached a copy of our electronic A4 competition poster to share.

We’d also greatly appreciate any help you can give us to get the word out on social media using @CoramVoice and #Voices2018. Please let us know if you would like us to send you some suggested tweets and posts to share, or you can retweet our messages @CoramVoice.

The competition is a great opportunity to celebrate the talent of care-experienced young people and show the world what they can achieve. Any help you can give us in encouraging young people to enter would be hugely appreciated, and if you have any other ideas then please do let us know.

If you have any questions or want to know more then please don’t hesitate to contact me at or visit for details on how to enter, Ts&Cs and prizes.

Thank you for your time, and we look forward to hearing from you!

Kind regards,


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Season’s greetings from the London Recruits team!

Season’s greetings from the London Recruits team!

2017 has been a great year for London Recruits. We’ve discovered and restored never before seen archival film from private collections worldwide, uncovered historical reports of the London Recruits activities from major UK and South African newspapers, recorded and edited all core interviews with key figures and voices in the story, secured investment and further production funding, raised the profile of the project at several key events throughout the year and welcomed Robyn Slovo to the London Recruits team as Executive Producer. The New Year will see reconstruction scenes shot and then on to post-production.

All of above would have been quite impossible without you – so a big thanks from all of the London Recruits team for getting us this far!

The risks of academy conversion – meeting 12/12/2017

Dear Colleague

We are holding an open meeting on the risks of academy conversion and how to fight to oppose conversion. You will have the opportunity to share ideas, discuss your concerns and hear from members already taking action

Date: Tuesday 12th December 2017
Venue: Newham (East Ham) Town Hall, Barking Road, E6 2RP
Time: 5 pm to 6 pm

Make sure your school is represented

Care4Calais Winter Coat Campaign

Care4Calais winter coat campaign posterOver 3,000 refugees are currently sleeping rough in Northern France, and temperatures are rapidly dropping. There are minors as young as 13, and they have no access to clean clothes, water or shelter. So this holiday season our goal is to provide each and every one of these refugees with a warm winter coat. To do this we URGENTLY need your help.

We are asking each of you to look in your cupboards for a winter coat that you no longer wear.

Take a picture of yourself holding up this coat and post it on social media with a message such as:

“Show you @Care4Calais by donating a coat to a refugee this winter. Here’s my #Coat4Calais”

Donate your coat at our nearest donation point, find yours here.

If you can’t give a coat, simply visit here and buy a coat for a refugee for just £25.

Lets keep people warm this winter!

22/11/2017 Protest: Halt cold related winter deaths

National Pensioners Convention
Greater London Region Protest

Halt Deaths of Pensioners from Cold Related Illnesses

The figures for the number of additional winter deaths of older people, due to cold related illnesses will be announced on Wednesday 22nd November 2017.

On that day London Region NPC will be releasing black balloons, with each balloon representing 1000 deaths. Last year it was nearly 25,000 deaths.

This will take place at 12.00 on Wednesday 22nd Nov 2017 by George V’s statue at Old Palace Yard Westminster opposite the House of Lords.
Hope you will be able to join us.
Contact 020 8668 2840

22/11/2017 Lobby of Paliament for Palestine

Wednesday 22nd November
12.00 – 18.00

On Wednesday 22 November, people from around the UK will arrange to meet with their MPs in Parliament to ask them to take action against Israel’s illegal settlements and the abuse of Palestinian children under military detention.

By doing this together, it shows MPs that there are huge numbers of people across the country who care about Palestine.

We need you to join the lobby! Please send a letter to your MP requesting a meeting (please only do this if you are actually able to travel to London on the 22nd November). We will then register for you to join us in Parliament.

All participants will be briefed in advance of our key parliamentary asks and what to expect when meeting their MP. You will also be invited to join the PSC evening event in Parliament (from 18.00 -20.00) where you can hear from experts and politicians about what they are doing for Palestine.