Educational Charity Never Such Innocence (NSI) is inviting children of currently serving soldiers and veterans to utilise the creative arts to have their voices heard…

6-18-year-olds are invited to share their experience of being an armed forces child through poetry, art, speech and song.

One parent shared the following about her sons, who are participating in the project: “The boys really enjoyed talking about their experiences with us. Their dad is about to deploy and with the challenges of lockdown it was so special that they were able to talk about their feelings and share their work with us. It means a lot to have their voices heard.”

Why not ask your children to respond to the following questions: 

  • Why are you proud to be the child of a soldier?
  • Reflect on what the army means to you.
  • What do you want other children to know about having a parent(s) in the military?
  • Share why Armed Forces Day is significant to you.

On the NSI website, you’ll find a video teaching young people how to write a poem by poet army veteran, Clive Sanders. This is a great introduction to writing poetry and will give your young people the confidence to create a brilliant piece of work. Additionally, you can find top tips on writing speeches and songs and creating artwork from professionals in the field.

All of the work received will be featured on the Voices of Armed Forces Children NSI webpage – and there may be some surprise opportunities!

Let’s celebrate your armed forces family on Armed Forces Day! Find out more at

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