1st March 1996 at 00:00
PRUDENTIAL YOUTH ACTION AWARDS With this initiative, Crime Concern and Prudential are recognising youth action groups involved in preventing shop theft or reducing the fear of crime. A prize of Pounds 1,000 will be awarded to category winners in three age ranges, 11-13, 14-16 and 16-plus, and a further Pounds 1,000 and a trophy will be awarded to the best overall project. Closing date: March 31. Application forms from: Alan Bailey, 01793 514596.

SCIENCE CHALLENGE The Association for Science Education and British Association for the Advancement of Science, sponsored by Nuclear Electric, are inviting pupils aged 9-13 to carry out science investigations on topics of their choice. To carry on to stage two - and the chance to join a day of science investigations, drama and quizzes, hosted by Jenny Hull of BBC's How Do They Do That? - schools must submit by March 31 an A2 broadsheet summary of their classroom project. Trophies, generous cash prizes and certificates will also be awarded. Details: Caroline McGrath, 01932 567243.

DESIGN A CHRISTMAS CARD Stannah Stairlifts and Arthritis Care are inviting budding artists in two age categories, 16 and under and over 16, to design a Christmas card and submit it by March 31. The two winning designs will receive Pounds 500 each. Proceeds from the sale of the cards go directly to Arthritis Care. Details: StannahArthritis Care Christmas Card Competition, PO Box 271, London WC2B 5LS.

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