Schools and Youth Organisations

Raising ambitions and aspiration is a key priority for St Helens, especially among our children and young people.

There are many opportunities for schools and youth organisations to get involved. Here are just some of the possible ways you get involved.

Please continue to check back on these pages as new events, activities and opportunities will continue to be added.

Get involved in an event

May and June see two key events that youth groups can get involved with;

Beating the Bounds – Sunday 13th May 2018.

This walk will cover the boundary of St Helens, starting at Haydock Racecourse and travelling west to reach Rainford in the morning, down to Rainhill around lunchtime and travelling across the south of the borough up to Earlestown and Newton-le-Willows in the afternoon and evening.

We would be delighted for our youth organisations to join us along the way and walk sections of the route with us. This could be used as a fundraising challenge for your organisations. For more information or to register your interested, contact us on

St Helens Day Citizens Parade – Saturday 30th June 2018.

This new citizens parade event will celebrate the departure of one Mayor and the arrival of a new Mayor of St Helens.

If you are a band, dance troop, choir or entertainers and would like to join in with the parade around the town, culminating in Church Square with performances on the stage, then contact us on

Competition time

Youth Open Art Competition

This annual competition showcases the talents of younger artists aged up to and including 16 years of age who live or study in St Helens.

CulturEd (St.Helens Local Cultural Education Partnership), The World of Glass, St.Helens Council Arts Service, St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic High School and Vinyline Graphics are inviting all young artists to submit an original artwork for selection for exhibition and to win a prize.

St. Augustine’s is sponsoring an Audience Choice award, which will allow all visitors to the exhibition in the first week to vote for their favourite piece of artwork.

Also this year, to celebrate the town’s 150th anniversary, we have introduced a category for artwork relating to St. Helens Heritage.

Works are welcomed across all mediums including drawing, glass, textiles, sculpture, painting, printmaking, mixed media, photography and digital media.


Artwork submissions will be accepted at The World of Glass on the dates below:

Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th March 10am-5pm (Late entries will not be accepted)

The World of Glass,
Chalon Way East, St. Helens, WA10 1BX
Telephone: 01744 22766


Artwork may be submitted into one of the following categories:

  • Nursery/Reception
  • Key Stage 1
  • Key Stage 2
  • Key Stage 3
  • Key Stage 4
  • Secondary Photography/Graphic Art/Digital Media (Sponsored by Vinyline Graphics)
  • Out of Earth – Light (Ex Terra Lucem) – for artwork celebrating St. Helens Heritage and the town’s 150th anniversary

Prizes will be awarded in each category and all exhibitors will be presented with a certificate.

Additional Information

  • All submitted artworks must be original works of art
  • Due to space limitations, artwork must not exceed approximately A3 for pieces submitted by Key Stage
  • 1, 2 or 3 pupils and approximately A1 for Key Stage 4 pupils
  • Only one entry per person will be accepted
  • Schools – please do not submit whole classes, but select the best

Artwork Guidelines

  • All artwork must be clearly labelled on the reverse with your name, age, category and school. The slip below must also be completed and paper clipped to your entry
  • All artwork must be ready for display and backed or framed where possible
  • Please note that work is submitted at your own risk. Although every care will be taken, no liability will be accepted by the organisers, exhibition installers, The World of Glass or St. Helens Council

Key Dates

Entry Submission: Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th March, 10am-5pm, The World of Glass

Exhibition Dates: Saturday 17th March – Friday 4th May, 10am – 5pm, Monday – Saturday, The World of Glass

Exhibition Prize-giving: Thursday 29th March, 6pm – 7.30pm, The World of Glass

For Schools that purchase the Arts and Cultural offer from the Council the theme for this year is the town anniversary. The schools who buy-in will receive:

  • 2 x in house workshops with a creative practitioner
  • 1 x family workshop (2 hour)
  • 2 x visits to a cultural venue
  • 4 x CPD opportunities

There will also be lots of networking opportunities and sharing of best practice as well as Creative Industries careers events.