Celebrating the achievements of children looked after

The triumphs, successes and efforts of over 200 children and teenagers in need of or leaving care in Somerset are being celebrated this July.

Over 220 young people have been nominated in this year’s Annual Achievement Awards, which are being organised by the members of the In Care and Leaving Care Councils, coordinated by Somerset County Council.

Young people in Somerset living with foster families, in residential care and leaving care have been nominated for an award under the following 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 – putting themselves in danger to help or save the life of another, or being brave in dealing with personal illness or tragedy.

The nominations were made by everyone from foster carers and schools to social and care workers. The Awards ceremony will be held in Bridgwater on Wednesday 15 July.

Cllr Frances Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Children and Families at Somerset County Council, said: “Congratulations to all the children and young people who have received a nomination in this year’s Annual Achievement Awards, and for both the Somerset In Care and Leaving Care Councils for their hard work arranging the event.

“The Awards are a truly important occasion for the children, and their carers and supporters alike. We are proud to mark the achievements of all these young people, whether it is for showing real kindness, selflessness or courage, helping others, or for taking a positive next step for their future. They should all feel very proud.

“We continue to strive to give children and teenagers in need of care in Somerset a better start. I urge more people to come forward and become foster carers with us, to give those young people the stability and support they need, so they can grow and achieve.”

To find out more about becoming a foster carer with Somerset County Council, visit http://www.fosteradoptsomerset.org.uk or phone 0800 5879900.

Notes to editors

Somerset County Council is looking for people with space in their lives to foster an older child or young person over the age of 10. There is also a need for foster carers who can look after siblings, offer long-term permanent placements, short breaks for children with disabilities, and parent-and-child foster placements.

To become a foster carer people need to have a spare room in their home, a commitment to help a child, patience and a willingness to learn. People from all walks of life can apply to foster. It doesn’t matter if they are single, married or in a same sex relationship, own or rent their home, have children of their own or not. And there are lots of different types of fostering, which means people can choose how much time and energy they can offer a child and what suits their circumstances best.

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