Remembering Creatively

A poem to encourage children to take some time out to think and share…


Take a moment, stop and think 

of 100 years before, 

all was topsy turvy 

for the world had gone to war. 


Life meant something different 

as the bombs came raining down, 

hopes and dreams; frozen, stuck, entombed 

in Flanders blooded ground. 


In the years that followed 

wars kept knocking on the door, 

and as this poem’s written 

terror lingers, frightens, storms. 


So why not… 

– fight a different war, 

– free those hopes and dreams, 

– lift them from the place they fell, 

released through poetry? 


So get a pen on paper, 

tell of all you wish to see, 

of the world that you are part of, 

of the world that’s yet to be. 


In you their hopes fly high, fly new 

fly brighter than before, 

so take a moment, stop and think 

Of 100 years before. 


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Have an Idea

Last post I wrote about the value of having the courage to give an idea a go. Promoting the voice of the child can be a challenge within institutions, due to the fact that children’s voices have not always been valued. 


However, we can change this. 


To help explore projects that can promote the voice of children – we use this simple framework…


  • Have an Idea
  • Talk and Listen
  • Give it a Go
  • Keep on Learning 


The key part about this tool is that each segment has a role to play!


No project begins unless you have an idea. That first idea however does not need to be ‘complete’ or perfect, rather it offers a starting point – a basis from which you can then explore. 


Our individual experiences allow us all the potential to offer unique ideas and perspectives, whether that is in a school, a home or out in the community. It also does not need to be merely the adult that has the idea – children have ideas too!!!


So explore some ideas – see what creative thoughts you can uncover. 


Just one idea – offers the basis to get the conversation started from which a project can build!


For more see our book ‘Giving Children a Voice