Young People can do great things – CSV Poster Design competition

News of a poster design competition from the charity Community Service Volunteers [CSV], which happily doesn’t forget, but is rooted in its own history.

Young people can do great things…

CSV launch poster design competition to champion young people

This spring, young people are being challenged to show off their artistic talents in a poster design competition – #giveachance – run by the charity CSV (Community Service Volunteers).

The competition revives a nationwide poster competition run by the charity in 1984, which carried the strapline:  Young people can do great things… if you give us a chance.

Keeping the original 1984 strapline, we want 2013’s generation of young people to show us their artistic talents by designing their own posters, championing young people and the great things they are capable of achieving.

As in 1984 young people are under attack. The increase in tuition fees, the prevalent culture of unpaid internships, and sky-high youth unemployment all make it hard for young people to shine.

CSV has always worked with young people to highlight their unique contributions to society, from its Springboard projects helping young people into work and training, to providing volunteering opportunities to help others.

Entering is simple. We’re inviting people to tweet their designs mentioning @CSV_UK and using the hashtag #giveachance, or upload to Facebook mentioning CSV’s page ( Alternatively designs can be emailed to

Catherine Flood, Curator of Prints at the Victoria and Albert Museum and author of British Posters: Advertising, Art and Activism, will select the winning competition entry and all entries will be displayed on the CSV #giveachance Pinterest board. The winning and commended designs will be displayed at a special exhibition at Springboard Hackney, and the winner will also receive a signed copy of British Posters.

The competition launches on Monday 13th May 2013 and closes at midnight on 10th June 2013.

About the campaign:

The poster competition is part of CSV’s ‘Volunteer Champions’ campaign, celebrating the role volunteers play in changing lives everyday across the UK.

How you can get involved:

Please show your support for the CSV #giveachance competition by writing about is on your blog or encouraging your social media followers by either tweeting on Twitter using the hashtag #giveachance or sharing our campaign on your Facebook timeline.

For more information

For competition promotional images please visit our dropbox folder.


For more information or images please contact Alice Haworth-Booth


      Tel: 07854928926

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