Celebration event held to mark the achievements of looked after children
24 October 2018
A celebration event has taken place at Ysgol Bae Baglan to recognise the achievements of children in care across Neath Port Talbot.
The event, sponsored by Tata Steel, was arranged to showcase the successes and raise the aspirations of looked after children. Over 150 young people aged between 5 and 25 were nominated for awards across categories such as sport and leisure, education and personal achievements. The nominees were put forward for awards by their teachers, social workers and foster carers.
Following the awards, the young people had the opportunity to take part in a number of activities delivered by social work teams and support organisations such as Children’s Rights Unit, Voices From Care, Western Bay Advocacy, police and fire emergency services and the Bulldogs Community Gym. Activities included taking part in rugby drills, riding balance bikes, nerf games, cartoon film making and a reptile show. There were also some famous faces at the event with Ospreys rugby stars Hanno Dirksen and Giorgi Nemsadze showing their support for the young people.
The event was organised and compered by the young people who make up Neath Port Talbot Council’s looked after children’s youth council. Better known as YoVo – Your Voice Matters, the youth council was set up to give children in care an additional channel to be heard so they are given an opportunity to raise concerns and suggest improvements about how care services are delivered. YoVo also gives looked after children the opportunity to meet and speak to others in a similar situation.
Councillor Alan Lockyer, Cabinet Member for Children’s Social Services, who attended the awards, said:
“I would like to congratulate all the nominees and winners at the celebration event. This was a great opportunity to recognise and hear about the achievements of young people who have overcome the challenges of being in care.
“It is one of the Council’s key priorities to ensure all children and young people have the best start in life, so they can be the best they can be.”