SOMERSET NEWS: Children in care achievements celebrated

 SOMERSET NEWS: Children in care achievements celebrated

THE achievements of Somerset children and young people in care have been celebrated at the 2017 Annual Achievement Awards in Bridgwater.

Around 320 children were recognised for their efforts, through nominations from social and youth workers and other Children’s Services professionals.

The children and young people, spanning toddlers to young adults, were commended across five categories:

• Personal Achievement – showing resilience or personal development.

• Positive Pastimes – doing well in sport, music, social, arts or leisure activities.

• Education, Training and Employment – achieving at school, college, in training or work.

• Helping Others – helping or making a difference to other people.

• Courage – being brave in dealing with personal illness or tragedy, or helping and supporting those around them.

Among those nominated were young people volunteering with Riding for the Disabled and St John Ambulance, representing Great Britain in basketball, working for Duke of Edinburgh awards and one young girl who had saved her foster carer’s life when they had suffered a heart attack.

Special mention was also made of the Somerset In Care and Leaving Care Councils, who are incredible young people committing many hours of their time to projects helping others in care and in the wider community.

The awards event, which was held on Thursday (July 27, 2017) at the Canalside venue in Bridgwater, gave children and young people a chance to meet others sharing similar experiences.

Bridgwater’s Cllr Leigh Redman, who was among those at the awards ceremony, said: “I was attending as a volunteer for the In Care council as well as chair of the children and families scrutiny committee.

“I was really pleased to meet so many amazing children - children with such amazing resilience and determination- who were receiving awards along with the Somerset carers there supporting the amazing young people. Seeing so many happy faces is fantastic, well done all involved.”

Cllr Frances Nicholson, spokesman for children and families at Somerset County Council, said: “I’d like to offer heartfelt congratulations to all the children and young people who were nominated in this year’s Annual Achievement Awards.

“It is so important to celebrate our children’s positivity, bravery and resilience in the face of great challenges. Thank you to our ‘Somerset In Care and Leaving Care Councils’, who did a fantastic job arranging it.”

You can make a difference to a child or young person in care as a Foster Carer in Somerset – visit, phone 0800 587 9900, ‘like’ the Fostering in Somerset Facebook page or follow @fostersomerset on Twitter.

Or come along to Fostering in Somerset’s next information event on Wednesday, September 20, 2017, at Costa Coffee in Yeovil from 7pm to 9pm. Those who attend will get a free Costa coffee and cake.

PHOTO – TOP: Cllr Leigh Redman, Cllr Frances Nicholson and Julian Wooster.