Manchester City Council

200 looked after young people and care leavers to receive awards today

Around 200 young people are set to receive special commendations and awards today at Manchester City Council's annual Achievement Awards for looked after children, young people and care leavers.

The annual awards recognise the hard work, achievements and personal endeavours of some of the city's most vulnerable children and young people.

Awards are made in a number of different categories including continuous effort, school achievement, enrichment achievement, improved school attendance, citizenship, and work skills.

Other awards include three Aspiration awards that will be made to three young people who have overcome their difficulties and achieved academic excellence and gone on to higher education. These awards have been sponsored by Manchester University, Manchester Metropolitan University, and the University of Salford.

An international award will also be given to an unaccompanied young asylum seeker who has made real progress in their education since arriving in the country.

The final awards of the event will be the presentation of two Special Star awards - made to recognise two young people who have managed to achieve great things against the odds and have shown they have the skills and qualities to deal with challenges and changes in a positive way.

Councillor Sheila Newman, Executive Member, Children's Services, Manchester City Council, said:"This annual event is a sharp reminder of how much some of our most vulnerable young people are capable of achieving, often against all the odds.

"I have been humbled just reading the many nominations that have been made.

"They just go to show that with the right help and support - and the kindness shown every day by people like our foster carers, residential and school staff, and our social workers - even those children who are in the greatest need when they come into our care, can achieve and succeed, and that thanks to this help and support they will be able to go on and lead happy and successful lives."

Today's event takes place at Manchester Cathedral in the street. Awards will be presented by Councillor Sheila Newman, Councillor Sue Cooley, Mike Livingstone Director Children's Services, and by Jenny Andrews, Deputy Director of Education and Skills.

Other special guests at the event include John Shiels from the Manchester United Foundation, news broadcaster Tony Morris, and performance poet Mike Garry who will compere proceedings and also performing during the day.

Manchester United Foundation Youth Choir will be singing at the event, and help will also be on hand during proceedings from Manchester University's student ambassadors.

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