Once Upon A Time - the achievements of children in care were celebrated

Once Upon A Time - the achievements of children in care were celebrated

Wigan CIC Awards 45 children and young people at the event with staff from Wigan Council and event sponsors

Wigan CIC Awards - 45 children and young people at the event with staff from Wigan Council and event sponsors

The achievements of local children in care and foster carers have been recognised at a special Disney themed event.

The annual awards event, organised by Wigan Council and this year called Once Upon A Time, celebrated young people’s achievements in ten different categories including improving their own health, making the most of their time at school or college, facing challenges and being brave, contributing to their local community and being kind and caring to others.

Councillor Bullen, Portfolio Holder for Children and Young People, says,

‘The event is a really enjoyable way to help recognise and build the confidence of children and young people in care. Each of the Disney themed awards represents one of the elements in our Deal for Children and Young People; all the things we encourage children and young people to do to help themselves and others in their community. Hundreds of young people were nominated and I am so impressed with their resilience and the things they have achieved despite sometimes difficult circumstances. It’s also really important to recognise our foster carers for the amazing job they do, they are such an asset to our community.’

Poppy Gaskell-Lowe, 7, from Worsley Mesnes, won the Winnie The Pooh Award, for children aged 8 or under who have been helpful and kind to others.
Poppy says,

‘I really didn’t expect it. I thought it would be someone else. I won for being kind to family and friends but you should be kind to others so you don’t hurt their feelings.’

The event also marked the achievements of foster carers with the 101 Dalmatians Award.

Winners were Amanda and Stuart McPike from Atherton.

Stuart says,

‘Today has been really overwhelming, a great day. There were a lot of people nominated in our category and so many of them could have won. We love being foster carers, it’s like a job we do as a whole family but it’s very rewarding. We foster a young man with complex needs so it can sometimes be difficult but when he smiles at us it feels great and it’s worth all the hard work.’

A group of young people won the Special Recognition Award this year for their work supporting Wigan Council to transform services for children in care.

Danielle Bamford, 16, from Garswood, says,

‘We’ve been looking at services in other areas and getting ideas for things that we can adapt and introduce in Wigan and Leigh. It’s a massive project that we’re still working on so it’s good to get an award today as it makes you feel proud of what you’ve done.’

The event was sponsored by local councillors and organisations Wigan Athletic Community Trust, Wigan Borough CCG, Agilisys, Next Level Learning and Inspire Children’s Services.

Chris Dyson, from Inspire Children’s Services, says,

‘We sponsored an award because sometimes young people who live in care don’t get the credit they deserve as people sometimes make wrong assumptions about them. So it’s important to have events like this to showcase all the achievements of our young people and recognise all the positive things they do.’

Anyone who is interested in becoming a foster carer can find information at www.wigan.gov.uk/fostering

Posted on Monday 8th October 2018

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