Published on 2nd May 2023

Young person on a skate ramp in Montpellier Gardens

Cheltenham Alliance for Race Equity is launching a competition in schools for Black History Month 2023.

The challenge, called ‘My Voice’, is for young people to tell the story of what it’s like to live in Cheltenham by writing or recording a monologue of up to 400 words or making a picture. 

Cllr Flo Clucas, cabinet member for safety and communities, said: “We are delighted to support this challenge and we look forward to hearing and seeing the perspectives of Cheltenham’s young people from all backgrounds about what it is like to live here.”

The challenge is open to all young people aged four to 18 years. Up to ten monologues or speeches and ten pictures from Cheltenham’s young people will be chosen to be published in a booklet. These speeches and pictures will also be read out or shown on screen at the VOICEBOX event at Cheltenham Literature Festival in October 2023 which is in Black History Month. Young people and their families will be invited to attend.

Florence Nyasamo Thomas, of Lives of Colour and chair of Cheltenham Alliance for Race Equity, said: “Black History Month aims to promote and celebrate the contributions of those with African and Caribbean heritage. This year, as part of the month, we want to hear and share stories and perspectives from young people from all ethnicities about their experiences of living in Cheltenham.”

The chosen entrants will receive a trophy and multi store voucher and their schools will be presented with a certificate from the Mayor of Cheltenham. The closing date is Friday 30 June 2023 and the entrants chosen will be notified before the end of the summer term. 

Cheltenham Alliance for Race Equity is working with Cheltenham Borough Council, The Everyman Theatre Cheltenham, Cheltenham Festivals and VOICEBOX.

For more information and to enter the competition visit:  or email [email protected].

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