Your Voice Video Competition

Helping the voice of young people with learning disabilities to be heard.

The best way to find out what young people with learning disabilities want and need is to ask them. We want you to help! 

For an easy read version of this page to share with the young people you support please click here.

We would like you to help them make a short video (no more than 3 minutes long and it doesn’t need to be anything fancy) asking the young person the following questions:

  • What do you like doing outside of school?
  • Why do you like doing it?Pic-4.jpg
  • What makes it hard to do these things?
  • Who or what helps you do these things?

 If these questions are a bit difficult for your young person please feel free to simplify them or put them in a way that’s easier to understand.

 Young people can communicate their answers in any way they like. For example they could:

  • Talk
  • Use signs, pictures, photos or symbols
  • Act out or do the things
  • Film what you like doing
  • (Any other way you can think of)
  • A combination of the above

 We don’t necessarily want anything fancy, something shot on your mobile phone and unedited is great.

The competition is for young people under 16 with a learning disability who may display behaviour described as challenging.

First place prize is an iPad, second place is £50 in Amazon Vouchers and we will also be giving two Runner’s Up £25 in Amazon Vouchers.

Taking part in this project is just as, if not more, important than winning a voucher. We would like to use your stories to work out what we (and others) can change to make it easier for young people to do the things they like, or even to try something new! We hope these videos will influence the development of our project and even help to kick-start national change.

The deadline for video submission is the 10th November 2014.

Please send video links from a site such as YouTube, Vimeo, or Dropbox, and your completed permissions form (click here) to Please don't include too much personal information in the film.


Example step-by-step of how you might want to approach the competition:

Step 1: Planning

You might want to brainstorm with your young person to:

  • Help them decide what to say
  • Help them plan how they would like to communicate their message
  • Help them practice
  • Record their video
  • Appear in the video with them if they would like you to

Pic-3.jpgStep 2: Find a camera

There’s no need for a professional camera, just use any device you have.

  • Does your phone have a camera?
  • Is there one built into your laptop or desktop computer?
  • Does anyone in your family have one you can borrow?

Step 3: Practice

Maybe it would be helpful to practice a few times before you try for a final version.

Step 4: Find somewhere quiet

Find yourself a quiet place and make the video.

  • Make sure there's enough light for us to see the young person and that it's quiet enough for them to be heard.
  • Remember: Just because something seems obvious to you or your young person, doesn't mean others have thought of it.

Step 5: Get filming

  • Remember if you're using your phone; make sure you're holding your camera sideways.
  • Don’t feel like you have to get it done in one go, they can have as many tries as they like.
  • Encourage them to be themselves: We want to see everyone's personalities!

Step 5: Upload your video

Most of the time videos are too big to email so it will be easier to upload it to a hosting or file-sharing site.


  • Go to
  • Use the 'Sign In' and 'Upload' tabs in the top right hand corner to navigate to the uploading page
  • Upload your video, making sure privacy is set to 'Public' (anyone can search for and see your video), or 'Unlisted' (people can see your video only if you have sent them the link)


  • Go to
  • Sign in if you already have an account, or if not, set one up for free by clicking 'Join Now'
  • Click 'upload a video' towards the top right of your screen
  • Choose a file to upload


  • Go to
  • Click 'sign in' if you have an account, or 'sign up' if you don't
  • Click the upload symbol (blank page with a '+' towards the top right of your screen)
  • Choose a file and upload it
  • Click on the newly uploaded file to select it, and then click 'share link' (the linked circles symbol) - this will give you the URL to send to us
  • Make sure that visibility is set to 'anyone with the link can see it'

Step 6: Send us your video by the 3rd November 2014

If you uploaded it to a hosting site email us the link (URL) to your video and attach your completed entry & consent form. In the email make sure you include your name, address, email, telephone number and age. Don't say all of this in the film!

Step 7: Put your feet up

Wait for us to be in touch. The winner will be announced after the 17th November.

We'll be putting the videos together in a compilation to appear on our information pages at:


If you have any questions please feel free to email us at:

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