Children in care recognised for achievements


Children in care from across South Gloucestershire have been recognised for overcoming difficult circumstances to achieve personal success.

A special awards night was organised by South Gloucestershire Council to celebrate the outstanding achievements of more than 100 children and young people in care.

Children aged 5 to 18 were the stars of the night as they were individually invited on stage to collect their awards and pose for photographs.

Each child was nominated by their social worker to receive recognition for achieving great things in life and being an inspiration to others.

Awards were presented for a wide range of reasons, including educational achievement, improved behaviour, commitment to out of school activities, excelling in sport and making a contribution to the community.

The young people dressed to impress and enjoyed the glitz and glamour of the Celebration of Achievement annual awards ceremony at BAWA in Filton on October 15.

Some children could hardly control their excitement as they ran to the stage while grinning at the crowd of more than 250 people. Social workers, managers, councillors, as well as foster carers, family and friends, were among those clapping and cheering.

Comedian Stuart Goldsmith awarded the certificates to the young people alongside Peter Murphy, Director of Children, Adults and Health.

An 11-year-old girl said: “I had to be brave to go up on stage and collect the award in front of everyone, but I’m so glad I have it. It makes me feel special.”

A 12-year-old girl explained: “I feel really, really proud of myself; it was kind of cool and nice to hear everyone clapping for me,” and a 17-year-old boy added: “It’s the first certificate I’ve had, I’m going to take it home and keep it safe.”

Nigel Shipley, Partnership Officer at South Gloucestershire Council, said the awards ceremony also encouraged children to continue to learn and follow their dreams.

He said: “It’s about raising the self-esteem and confidence of children who have had a difficult start in life.

“We come together to celebrate the things the children have done well. We want to recognise how far they have come and show them how we remain committed to supporting them.”