Art competition encourages children to educate others about learning disabilities

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Children are encouraged to get creative while educating themselves and others about learning disabilities as part of an art competition being run by local Community Policing Teams (CPTs).

Youngsters living in the Trowbridge (which covers Trowbridge, Bradford on Avon and Melksham), Devizes (which covers Devizes, Marlborough and Pewsey) and Warminster (which covers Warminster, Westbury, Tisbury and Mere) CPT areas are being invited to take part in the initiative being run as part of Learning Disability Week.

The week is running between 14 and 20 June and the theme is Arts and Creativity.

The aim is to encourage all children to think about the different types of learning disabilities, share their understanding of the differences people may have and improve the understanding of what different needs others might have.

Young people should design and create their own poster/leaflet/art work around the theme of learning disabilities and inclusion and kindness to all. They can be hand-drawn, painted or computer-generated – let your imagination run wild!

There are two age groups - primary school (Year 6 and below) and secondary school (Years 7 to 13) - with each CPT area choosing a winner and a runner-up. First prize will be a £20 Amazon voucher and second prize will be a £10 Amazon voucher.

Entries are to be photographed and submitted via email by 12pm on Monday 21 June to the relevant CPT (depending where you live or attend school).

Trowbridge, Bradford on Avon and Melksham entries to
Warminster, Westbury, Tisbury and Mere entries to
Devizes, Marlborough and Pewsey entries to

Please include your name, parent's name, age, address, contact telephone number and name of your school.

The judging panel for entries will include representatives from our Community Policing Teams, our Equality and Diversity team and the Force's disability lead Inspector Gill Hughes.

Insp Hughes, who is also the Trowbridge CPT neighbourhood Inspector, said: "This competition is designed to encourage the children within our communities to learn more about the different learning disabilities, so they can have greater understanding and awareness, be proud of all our differences, and ultimately be more inclusive and kind to others.

"It’s important to raise awareness amongst children and young people within the community to help make society a better place for all."

Sergeant Tom Ellerby, from Wiltshire Police's Equality, Diversity and Inclusion team, said: "In the policing community we really celebrate diversity – so learning what makes people special and unique is valuable to us.

"We are aiming to be more inclusive and supportive than ever, to ensure there are no barriers between us and community."
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