Press Release

News in Neath Port Talbot

Celebration event held to mark the achievements of looked after children

08 May 2017

An awards event has taken place to recognise the achievements of children in care across Neath Port Talbot.

Ospreys rugby player, Kieron Fonotia, signing a young person’s artwork at the awards event

The event was arranged by Neath Port Talbot Council to showcase the personal achievements and raise the aspirations of looked after children. Over 25 young people aged between 12 and 14 were nominated for awards across three separate categories which included sport and leisure, education and school life, and personal achievement. The nominees were put forward for awards by their school teachers, social workers and foster carers.

A number of Welsh sports stars were in attendance to present awards to the winners including Welsh netball international Becky Oatley, former Swansea City striker Lee Trundle, Ospreys centre Kieron Fonotia, and British and Irish Lion Justin Tipuric. The event was closed with a dance performance from Lil Sugars of Britain’s Got Talent.

There were numerous stall holders at the event to give useful information to guests about supporting young people. Stall holders consisted of the Children’s Rights Unit, Barnardo’s, Voices from Care, South Wales Police, and the Mid and West Wales Fire Service. The event also featured a pop-up art gallery displaying the photography of one young person’s work.

This year’s awards were sponsored by Tata Steel who has also committed to supporting future events.

Nick Jarman, Director of Social Services, Health and Housing said:

“It is important that we recognise the achievements of young people who overcome the challenges of being in care.  Prioritising the importance of educational activities is crucial to providing young people with the skills and knowledge they need to reach their full potential.”