From Scared To Safe

From Scared To Safe

For Refugee Week (20-26th June 2016) Project Paddington is launching an exciting new project! There’s a writing competition and an art competition for four different age groups (3-5, 6-8, 9-11, 12-18). We want your best creative ideas about what it means to go from scared to safe. We will display the best entries in an exhibition at Theatre Delicatessan in Sheffield as part of the Refugee Week Migration Matters festival ( We will also display writing and artwork in our online gallery.

We have arranged some fantastic prizes for our winners including:

  • Signed copies of Annemarie Young’s books including the brilliant ‘Refugee Diaries’ and Read with Biff, Chip and Kipper books.
  • Art supplies including high quality Reeves and Daler Rowney watercolour sets.
  • Copies of Upscribe’s new book about refugee experiences in Sheffield.
  • Brand new Usborne books including ‘The Big Book of Art’.

We want to show you what it means for a refugee child to go from scared to safe. We are currently asking refugee children we are in contact with to create their own stories, poems and artworks on the theme of ‘From Scared To Safe’ and we will display these and share them on social media too.

Great! What do I need to do?

Firstly, have a think about what it means to go from scared to safe.

What makes you scared? Being lost? Spiders? Monsters? Trying something new for the first time?

Children all around the world understand what it means to be scared. Can you remember the last time you were scared? What did you do? Did you freeze? Did you get angry? Did you tell anyone?

What about being safe? Perhaps you were lost and then found again? Or you tried a new and scary thing and found it was not so scary after all?

What makes you feel safe? Is it a place? Is it a person? Is it something else? Can you feel safe even if you’re in a dangerous place? What makes a place feel safe?

Project Paddington has written a resource pack with lessons on the theme of From Scared to Safe and activities that help children and young people understand what it means to be a refugee. You can download the pack for free here.

There are two competitions. You can enter them both if you want to, or choose your favourite one. There is a £1 entry fee for each entry.

Please note that we will not be able to return any entries.

Art Competition

Can you create a piece of art on the theme of ‘From Scared To Safe’? This could be about a time that you were scared or it could be made up. You could create art about a refugee journey. What might make refugee children scared? What might make them feel safe? Perhaps you could create a piece of abstract art that uses colours and shapes to show being scared and being safe.

It is up to you whether you use paint, crayons, pencil crayons or other media. You can stick things onto your sheet if you want to but please make sure it is completely dry before you send it to us. It is very important that your artwork is no bigger than A4 and no thicker than half a centimetre.

The art competition will be judged by Lavinia Jones. Lavinia is an artist and art lecturer. She has judged the Great Sheffield Art Show and is a respected artist in her own right.

Creative Writing Competition

Can you write about how it feels to go from scared to safe? Perhaps you’d like to tell us a story from your own life? Maybe you can imagine what it feels like to be a child in a war zone who reaches safety?

It is up to you whether you want to write a story, a poem or a play. It might help you to think of your senses as you write: what will your character see, hear, smell, taste and touch?

Please make sure your entry is written or typed on paper no bigger than A4. Please only write or type on one side of the paper.

The writing competition will be judged by Joel Toombs. Joel is the author of ‘The Running Boy’. He also writes regularly for Youthwork Magazine and has three children.

Sending Your Entry

Write the following information on the back of your entry:

Your entry number, Your First Name and Your Age (if you’re going to have a birthday soon then please write how old you will be on 25th June 2016).

Send your entry to:

Project Paddington,

C/O The Circle,

33 Rockingham Lane,


S1 4FW

All entries need to be received by Project Paddington by Saturday June 18th.