Looked After Children
THIS YEAR’S LOOKED AFTER CHILDREN
AWARDS WERE MAGICAL!
Disney came to the borough on Friday 9
September to celebrate the ‘Magical Moments’ of our Looked After
Children at their Annual Achievement Awards. The event took place
at the University of Bedfordshire and provided an opportunity to
celebrate the talents, achievements and successes of the children
and young people who are supported and cared for by Bedford Borough
With a theme of ‘Children in Care Council
(CiCC) You Tube presents; Magical Moments’, over 200 guests dressed
to impress. The event consisted of an activity zone with a roaming
magician, Disney characters, glitter tattoos, balloon modelling and
an interactive photo-booth. This was followed by two award
ceremonies (up to 11 years and one for 12 years +) for the 205
nominations that were received for young people by their social
workers, teachers and foster carers.
This year there were nine categories with one
‘winner’ coming from each age range:
- Arts and Music award presented by local dance company
- Bravery award presented by local You Tube Vlogger Ben
- Compassion award presented by You Tube sensations Jake Mitchel
and Saffron Barker.
- Education, Employment and Training award presented by Cllr
- Life Skills awards presented by The Mayor, Dave Hodgson.
- Personal Development award presented by Chief Executive, Philip
- Resilience award presented by Colin Foster, Chief Education
- Sports award presented by Lance Haggith, from Sports
- Transition award presented by Kevin Crompton, Director of
Children’s and Adults’ services.
There were also two Outstanding Achievement
winners per age category with their award being presented by Cllr
Cllr Shan Hunt, Portfolio Holder for
Children’s Social Care at Bedford Borough Council said: “Many
children in care have had a tough life through no fault of their
own and to witness their determination to achieve against all odds,
it is not only moving, but inspiring.”
The Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson,
said: “It is wonderful to see these talented young people given
some richly deserved recognition for their personal
accomplishments. As corporate parents, their achievements make us
extremely proud of them.”
Staff at Bedford Borough Council raised over
£1,000 towards funding the event and local business contributed
sponsorship and fundraising prizes throughout the year.
The Looked After Children Achievement Awards
2016 was sponsored by:
· Center Parcs.
· University of
· 2-Step dance
Jon Bennet Shoe Repairs for the trophy supply and engraving.
Again, the Council would like to thank
all the parents, carers and support workers who attended to support
the award winners, and to all the businesses, staff and elected
members who have spent the last nine months fundraising and
donating time, prizes and contacts to make this evening reflect the
ideas of the CiCC.